Hazzan Itzhak Zhrebker has been Hazzan of Congregation Shearith Israel, Dallas, Texas, where he has lead the B’nai Mitzvah and Music programs since 1996. Hazzan Zhrebker is known for his breathtaking voice and musical talent. As a child prodigy, he began studying and singing professionally at the age of six. His parents recognized his musical and vocal talents early on and encouraged him to pursue a career in music.
Hazzan Zhrebker studied under the direction of Hazzan Naftali Herhtick, Hazzan I. Eshel and Hazzan Louis Danto, and he received concentrated cantorial education from Elli Jaffe, the musical director of the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem. He earned his Master’s degree in voice coaching, choir conducting and solo performance from Odessa City Academy of Music. He has a full operatic voice and has mastered Verismo and Belle Canto techniques.
In addition to his beautiful singing voice, Hazzan Zhrebker is a conductor, an arranger and a composer. His vocal debuts have included songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, Italian, French and English.
Prior to his appointment as Hazzan of Congregation Shearith Israel, Hazzan Zhrebker performed as a soloist for the Jewish Musical Drama Theater. He has also served as guest cantor for various synagogues around the world. During his six years in Israel, Hazzan Zhrebker performed with the New Israeli Opera. His professional credits include performing as a solo vocalist in concerts in Canada, Israel and the United States. In addition, Hazzan Zhrebker has taken part in several radio, television and movie productions. Hazzan Zhrebker has performed with the Walden Piano Quartet, Russian Ensemble Kalinka, String Trio Les Amis, Marvin Hamlisch, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Opera and the cast of Tales of Hoffmann.
Hazzan Zhrebker has recorded numerous albums for the congregation and wide audience, Through outstanding music programs, his work with adult and youth choirs, and his innovative approach to High Holy Days and Shabbat melodies, Hazzan Zhrebker has brought a new spirituality to prayer at Congregation Shearith Israel.
Hazzan Zhrebker is married to Dr. Leah Zhrebker, and they have three wonderful daughters, Liora, Hannah and Devorah.