Rabbi Don and Leora Cantor joined the Johns Hopkins community in 2018.
Rabbi Don Cantor was born and raised in Richmond, VA (part of the third generation of Richmond Cantors!). He attended Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon, Shevut, Israel for two years, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in philosophy, and received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Chaim Ozer Chait. Rabbi Cantor taught gemara at the Yeshiva of Virginia boys’ high school and held rabbinic internships at the Riverdale Jewish Center and Keneseth Beth Israel. He was also the program director and head counselor for Baron Hirsch Camp Darom.
Rabbi Cantor has brought his love for the outdoors to campus life. He enjoys squash, hiking, biking, disc golf, and any sport or other activity that might keep him running around. He also wishes he could whittle. Most of all, Rabbi Cantor loves spending time with his wife, Leora, and their kids, Udi and Ayelet.
Leora Cantor was also born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She attended Sha’alvim for Women in Jerusalem and graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in Judaic Studies. During her time in YU, Leora was involved in the drama society, was a Resident Advisor, and co-chaired Stern’s dance show. Leora also earned a bachelor’s in the science of nursing from Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing and began her nursing career in cardiology. Leora enjoys spending her free time outdoors.
The Cantor family enjoys having students over on Shabbat and hosts a large Seudat Shlishit open to all. They offer a variety of Torah classes and chavrutas on a weekly basis and take students off-campus for adventures such as disc golf. You can find them at the local gardens on Shabbat afternoon ready with snacks and games, and Udi and Ayelet are ready to challenge any student who joins with a game of hide-and-seek!