Arië Shikler has been the Cantor of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot for over 30 years. A multi-talented artist, Arië is also an accomplished painter and designer with many products and exhibitions to his credit.
Cantor Shikler is a composer and arranger of music. He has released five CDs. He loves to give to the community through benefit concerts to various organizations. Arië is also an innovator. At the beginning of his career, he introduced the guitar as accompaniment during Shabbat Services, the first to do so in Orange County. The Temple Music Program is vibrant under Cantor Shikler's talented ear with adult and children's choirs, adult musicians as well as a youth band bringing a wide range of music to our services every week. A favorite of many congregants is the Friday Night Live! service designed to enrich Shabbat in a musical way. Each month features a different theme that gives us a deeper understanding of the rich musical heritage of the Jewish people as well as an appreciation of the many talents of Cantor Shikler.
Whether it is singing in one of many languages he either speaks or has researched, or playing an interesting instrument, he always puts his all into it.