Musician and educator Alan Mason and husband Robert Glazier, an attorney, co-founded the Temple Israel’s LGBT havurah in Miami
Husbands Marc Lamb and Mark Nedlin and Alan Mason and Robert Glazier after Mason’s performance March 28 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Photo provided to the Miami Herald
Musician and educator Alan Mason has played the world’s greatest venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House and the Vatican. He’s most at home, however, playing for friends and family in the sanctuary at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, where he will be honored this weekend for 25 years of service.
“My aesthetic, my musical taste, my sensibility and my religious awareness is what brings a quality to what I do to allow it to flourish for 25 years of service at Temple Israel, and, in a peripheral view, to all the temples in the area,” says Mason, the Reform synagogue’s longtime music director for an estimated 1,500 Shabbat and holiday services.
Mason, 58, “is one of the country’s leading accompanists for Jewish music,” according to Temple Israel’s website.
In 2000, Glazier, Mason and other Temple Israel congregants took the bold step of coming out publicly and launching Ru’ach, the area’s first mainstream LGBT havurah, or fellowship.
“I like a mainstream synagogue that is fully welcoming of gays and lesbians,” Glazier told the Miami Herald 16 years ago. “That meets my spiritual needs better than a predominately gay and lesbian temple. I like the diversity that exists at Temple Israel.”