Cantor Doug Ramsay

 

Born in Brewster on beautiful Cape Cod, Cantor Doug Ramsay spent his entire childhood in the house his father built for his family in 1957.  He attended Brewster Elementary and Middle Schools and graduated from Nauset Regional High School.  In the spring of 1978 he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Springfield College. Soon thereafter  Doug entered the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and has been a Florida resident ever since. Commissioned a Naval Officer in early 1979, Doug spent a distinguished career in various billets ranging from shipboard Damage Control Officer, Engineering Officer, and Commodore Staff Operations Assistant.  While still in the Navy he met Dr Maris Solomon, D.O. and they were married on July 3rd, 1983 in Charleston, S.C. where they both were stationed.  Their first child, Jason, was born March 12th, 1985 in Charleston.  Later that year Doug left the Navy as a Lieutenant and the family moved to Orlando, joining Congregation Ohev Shalom upon arrival.  He worked for Southland Corporation as a Production Manager beginning in the fall of 1985. A year later, Rebecca was born on August 5th, 1986. When the Ramsay family moved from East Orlando to Southwest Orlando in 1991 they became members of the newly formed SOJC.  Jason and Rebecca spent their entire Religious School lives at SOJC and became Bar and Bat Mitzvah here. Always the active volunteer, Doug served on the Education Committee of SOJC starting in 1995 and earned the Education Committee Chair in early 1997 serving as such till 2001.  He has been intimately involved in the operation and promotion of the Religious School ever since.  Doug began teaching Tefillot (Prayer) in the Religious School in 1999 and has continued doing so throughout his tenure. Cantor Doug began his hazzanut training with Hazzan Moishe Friedler of Congregation Rodef Shalom in Tampa, FL in 1998.  In 1999 he began tutoring Bar and Bat Mitzvah students.  Later that year Doug created and launched the Cantorial Corps youth group.  By 2002 he served as cantor for SOJC’s High Holy Day services.  In June of 2003 Doug became our full time cantor. Since becoming a member of our clergy, Cantor Doug has nurtured our longstanding tradition of participatory Shabbat and Holiday services.  Teens and adults alike regularly participate in leading services, chanting Torah and Haftarot and singing along with the Rabbi and Cantor.  He re-wrote the curriculum Tefillot in the Religious School and became the School Director in 2009.  Cantor Doug has always had a marvelous rapport with the youngsters and tutors every Bar and Bat Mitzvah student.  He and Maris enjoy hosting the entire congregation every year for the Tu B’Shevat Outing on their “Little Slice Ranch”.  He served as interim Spiritual Leader of the congregation from March 2009 to July 2011 while we searched diligently for our new Rabbi, Hillel Skolnik.