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Hazzan Pablo Duek

Hazzan Pablo Duek
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To Sing as One Voice to Adonai

 Hazzan Pablo Duek Formal

As laughter and tears,
music unites us,
prayer elevates us.

I invite you to pray,
to learn Torah together,
to sing as One Voice to Adonai.


I believe that Temple Etz Chaim is much more than a Temple. We are striving to be a “kehilla kedosha,” or a holy community. Each gathering in the synagogue is an opportunity to feel and meditate, to sing and listen, to thank G‑d for the precious gift on earth, being alive. Praying together in song and music brings a unique energy, a special flavor that puts us in contact with our emotions. I find the experience of being together, involving people in reading, lifting, tying and carrying the Torah to be a rich experience. Celebrating happy and sad moments in a community is beautiful because sharing love and knowledge is everything.

I consider myself a very fortunate person. As Temple Etz Chaim's Hazzan, I accompany families during their happiest and most difficult life passage events. Because of that, my life is enriched. I have learned that living in a community means sharing our joys and sorrows. By sharing, we grow in happiness and diminish our pains.

Trebel ClefI am very happy to make available the melodies and prayers we sing on Erev Shabbat at Temple Etz Chaim on our website (see "Music" under the "Education" section of this website, or select the link to the above). Please feel free to listen, learn and to enjoy.

Hazzan Pablo Duek
[email protected] 

More About Hazzan Duek:

A native of Argentina, "Hazzan Pablo" joined Temple Etz Chaim in June 2001 after serving nine years as cantor at Bet Hillel in Buenos Aires. Moving to another country on another continent was a transitional moment for Hazzan Pablo and his wife, Julieta, and now they make their home in Ventura County. Hazzan Pablo and Julieta are the proud parents of three beautiful children, Carmel, Dahlia and Ilan.

Prayer and song, especially in communal expression, have central meaning to Hazzan Pablo. He believes these elements are essential to put us in contact with our emotions, G‑d, and each other. In his own words, “praying together in song and music brings a unique energy.”

Hazzan Pablo’s beautiful voice is complemented by his warmth, his sincere interest in people, and the education of our children, youth and adults alike. He brings energy and enthusiasm to our services and special events, and he imparts that energy to all who attend. Hazzan Pablo truly touches the “neshama,” the soul, of each of us as he brings our ancient prayers to life.

Rabbi Search

Save the Dates!

The Rabbinic Search Committee is happy to announce two candidates are visiting on the following dates:

Rabbi Ben Herman

Friday, October 26 - Sunday October 28, 2018

Rabbi Ari Averbach

Friday November 2 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

For more information, please visit the Rabbinic Search Information page.

Caring Connections and More

I Care, We Care, TEC Cares!

For more information and to be a part of Caring Connections visit our page.

Bereavement Support Group: meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Al-Anon in the Adult Lounge every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00PM.

Refuah Shelamah Requests: Can't make it to shul for a friend or loved one in need of a prayer for healing?  Send in any name you would like read at services (Shabbat, minyan or other) and a dedicated Temple congregant will stand and read the name. Just email your request to refuah.[email protected] with the details of the individual in need of healing. It is that easy and simple!  Because No one should be without a voice. 


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Women of TEC Judaica Shop

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Register for Preschool

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Parent and Me Classes

Wednesdays, 9:15 AM -10:30 AM. Storytime, art, music, Jewish traditions, crafts, and so much more.

Infant Care Now Registering!

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Full Time Monday to Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm.

Space fills up fast, plan ahead and reserve your spot! To schedule a tour please contact the pre-school office at (805) 497-6852 or email us at [email protected].

See's Candy Fundraiser

Support Temple Etz Chaim Preschool through our See's Candy Fundraiser! See flyer below.

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Currently registering for grades TK-12.

Mitzvah Day 2018

Please flyer here for our Religious School Mitzvah Day project.


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