1840 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Rabbi Emeritus Reuben Landman
Rabbi Reuben Landman came to Har Tzeon - Agudath Achim in 1976, and served as the rabbi and spiritual leader of the congregation until his retirement in June, 2012. He was also the founder and director of HTAA's free Religious School. Rabbi Landman served as the President of the Rabbinical Assembly of Greater Washington and a member of the Executive Board of the Board of Jewish Education. He is also a founding member of the Maryland Hospice Society and served on the Advisory Boards of Holy Cross Hospital and the Virginia Lung Association.
Congregation Har Tzeon - Agudath Achim
Operations & Ritual Director: Shamai Leibowitz
Chazzan Benjamin Bazian began his singing career at the age of 7 when he was a soloist for the Samuel Sterner Choir at Grossingers Hotel in Liberty, NY. He subsequently sang with the choirs of Oscar Julius and Chazzan Leon Berger. As an adult he was a member of the Jewish Ministers Cantors Association Chorus and sang under the guidance of Seymour Silbermintz.
Chazzan Bazian received his Cantorial training under the guidance of his father, Cantor Moshe Bazian, and is the 8th generation of Cantors in the Bazian family. At the age of 20 Chazzan Bazian engaged his first position as the Chazzan at Lindenhurst Jewish Center in Lindenhurst, NY where he officiated for 5 years. Subsequently he officiated at Shellbank Jewish Center in Brooklyn, NY and Deluth MN, prior to joining Har Tzeon Agudath Achim.
Shamai Leibowitz grew up in Israel, and moved to Silver Spring, MD in 2004. After he earned his Master of Laws at American University Washington College of Law, he taught Hebrew at the State Department. Shamai learned from his father Elhanan z"l the chanting of the "trope" or "ta'amei mikra" - the special musical cantillation symbols for reading the Torah. He serves as Baal Koreh and as the Director of the Hebrew School. He also gives classes to adults in Hebrew and Haftorah leyning, and organizes the programs at HTAA.
In recognition of his many years of service as a congregational rabbi, Rabbi Landman was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Hebrew Literature by the Jewish Theological Seminary in November 1996.
Our Rebbetzin Emerita, Mrs Gila Landman, has been a Jewish educator for nearly 40 years. She most recently served as Guidance Counselor at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington. In 1973, Gila Landman graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary with a Bachelor's Degree in Hebrew Literature. She also holds a Master's in English Literature from Brooklyn College, and a Master's in Counseling from the University of Maryland. Rabbi Landman and Gila have four children and ten grandchildren.
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Rabbi Steven Suson became the fourth rabbi to lead Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim in August, 2012. He served previously at Temple Emanu-el of Closter, New Jersey. Rabbi Suson is a graduate of the Institute of Traditional Judaism and received semicha from Rabbi David Weiss-Halivini in 2009. Rabbi Suson also holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Non-Profit Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certificate in Management for Jewish Leaders from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University. Hailing originally from Denver, CO, Rabbi Suson has lived variously in Chicago, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Teaneck, NJ. He and his wife, Rachel, are blessed with a daughter, Mara.