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About

Hi Everyone! I am a fifth-year cantorial student at Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in NYC, where I anticipate being ordained as a Cantor in May 2021 and received my Master of Sacred Music in May 2020.  I attended the Dual-Degree Program with Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, MA, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies from Tufts and studied Classical Voice at NEC.

 

Upon acceptance to Cantorial School, I relocated to Jerusalem for my first year of study before returning stateside to New York City. I previously served as the Student Cantor at Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, VA, Congregation Beth Yam in Hilton Head, SC, and the Jewish Community Project of Tribeca (JCP) in New York, NY.  I have also worked as a B’nai Mitzvah tutor for both JCP and East End Temple in Manhattan. I am truly honored by the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented team at Congregation Rodeph Sholom as their new Cantorial Intern.

 

I am deeply passionate about preserving Jewish culture, tradition, music, and making it evermore applicable to daily life. I am dedicated to the ideal of engaging a diverse community composed of people with varying backgrounds and levels of religious and cultural observance. My vision is to help people enrich their lives through a Jewish lens: ethically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. Growing up, I was touched by liturgical music and recognized it as an accessible and powerful means of connecting with my heritage and Jewish community. I believe strongly in the transcendent nature of music and its unparalleled ability to both convey and evoke emotion and spirituality.

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EDUCATION

HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION
Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music
Cantorial Ordination
Class of 2021

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NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
Dual-Degree Program with Tufts University
Classical Vocal Performance
Class of 2016

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TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Dual-Degree Program with New England Conservatory
Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies (BA)
Class of 2015

HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION 
Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music
Master of Sacred Music (MSM)
Class of 2020

SKILLS & SPECIALTIES

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Prayer and Music Leader

Hebrew Language

Torah and Haftorah Cantillation

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Jewish Education

Lifecycle Officiant

Vocalist (Soprano)

CANTORIAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Congregation Rodeph Sholom

 New York, NY

  • Co-Leads the Shacharit service with a Rabbi each Shabbat on Zoom; Self-accompanied on guitar and with digital piano tracks.

  • Tutors B'nai Mitzvah students and teaches trope cantillation classes.

  • Officiates at B'nai Mitzvah services both virtually (on Zoom) and in person at CRS.

  • Served on the Beit Din for a Jewish conversion ceremony.

  • Helped to organize and pre-record virtual High Holiday services alongside the clergy team during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Congregation Beth Yam

Hilton Head, SC

  • Led High Holiday, Friday night, and Saturday morning B’nai Mitzvah services alongside the Rabbi.

  • Directed Torah study on Saturday mornings with the Rabbi.

  • Engaged in community outreach, making pastoral care visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

  • Performed concerts for both the Beth Yam and greater Hilton Head community.

  • Taught music to Hebrew school students on Sunday mornings and led the Boker Tov family service.

Jewish Community Project

New York, NY

  • Acted as their first Cantor, responsible for creating musical cohesion between the religious school, B'nai Mitzvah program, and community prayer services. 

  • Served as a recruiter for the Downtown Jews, publicizing events and engaging members for activities such as Shabbat Spirituality (yoga followed by hors d'oeuvres and Havdalah) and the Young Influencer's Speaker Series.

  • Worked as a community outreach volunteer for local soup kitchens and charity events.

  • Tutored students one-on-one, teaching them Hebrew prayers, Torah and Haftorah cantillation, and guiding them through the B'nai Mitzvah process while exploring the meaning and significance of specific Jewish traditions.

  • Taught Hebrew to third graders, guiding them in workbook exercises and developing "decoding" skills.

East End Temple

New York, NY

  • Provided individualized tutoring for students, teaching them the meaning, proper recitation, and melodies of Jewish prayers.

  • Taught Torah and Haftorah cantillation and guided students through the B’nai Mitzvah process.

Temple Emanuel

 Roanoke, VA

  • Organized and collaborated to create meaningful, musical High Holiday services alongside the Rabbi and Music Director.

  • Planned and performed monthly Shabbat services, taught B’nai Mitzvah students, lead musical programs such as the Holocaust Memorial Service, and engaged in community outreach.

 
 

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