He began his professional Cantorial career leading High Holiday services at Conservative Temples Beth Israel in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1991 and Shaarey Zedek in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1992. He served for four years as Cantor (1994-98) at Conservative First Hebrew Congregation in Peekskill, New York, and one year (1996) as Cantor at Reform Temple Beth Haverim in Mahwah, N.J. During his final year at First Hebrew Congregation, he served as Spiritual Leader.
Blane served as Cantor at Congregation Beth Israel in Bergenfield, N.J. from 1999-2006. He was a member of the Cantor's Assembly from 2001 through 2009. But he resigned in 2009 when he was offered the option of resignation or expulsion by the Cantor’s Assembly when he began officiating at Interfaith Weddings.
Blane was ordained as Rabbi in June 2001 at Rabbinical Seminary International after completing a course of study with Rabbi Joseph Gelberman in New York City. He is a member of the International Federation of Rabbis.
He served as Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Congregation Beth Tikvah-New Milford Jewish Center from 2006-2009.
he has led services in Lubavitch, Orthodox, Conservative and Reform communities. As Rabbi and Cantor of Sim Shalom, Blane’s commitment is to nurture, heal and bring joy to the community. Officiating at weddings is one of his greatest joys! His vision is one of universal solidarity and inclusiveness and his mantra is "No is not in G-d's vocabulary."
Steven Blane majored in Voice and obtained a B.A. in Music Education from Jersey City University. Following college, he performed as a singer/actor off and on Broadway, most notably, in the show "STRIDER" in 1978-79. He was a film extra (look for him in "The Chosen" but don't blink) and wrote an Off-Off Broadway Musical, which he produced in 1981.
He plays guitar, ukelele and piano and loves to sing Jazz Standards.