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


Cantor Brodsky was raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan, where, from an early age, she studied with Cantor/composer Meir Finkelstein. She had the privilege of performing with Cantor Finkelstein in his original cantata, “Gates of Righteousness”, which was performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Leonard Slatkin.                                                                             

Cantor Brodsky attended the double degree program at Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, MA, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Judaic Studies at Tufts and studied Classical Vocal Performance at NEC. She was one of the few members selected from the Tufts University Gospel Choir chosen to perform at the December 2014 “Holidays at the White House” for President and First Lady Obama.


Cantor Brodsky received her Master of Sacred Music and Cantorial Ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York City. She previously served as the student Cantor at Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, VA, Congregation Beth Yam in Hilton Head, SC, the Jewish Community Project (JCP) in Tribeca, and Congregation Rodeph Sholom in NYC.  For the past two years, Cantor Brodsky has served as the Cantor of Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff, NJ. Olivia recently attended the IJCIC (International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations) Emerging Leadership Conference in Oxford, England, together with an international group of Jewish and Catholic leaders, as representatives of the Vatican, to promote open dialogue, foster friendship, combat anti-Semitism, and strengthen relations between these two communities.


As of July 1, 2023, Cantor Brodsky became the Cantor and Co-Spiritual leader of East End Temple in Manhattan, NY, alongside Rabbi Joshua Stanton. Olivia is humbled by the opportunity to provide her community with joy, comfort, and meaning through Jewish music.  

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Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music
Cantorial Ordination
Class of 2021


Dual-Degree Program with Tufts University
Classical Vocal Performance
Class of 2016


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

Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music
Master of Sacred Music (MSM)
Class of 2020


Boy Writing Hebrew Letters on Blackboard

Prayer and Music Leader

Hebrew Language

Torah and Haftorah Cantillation


Jewish Education

Lifecycle Officiant

Vocalist (Soprano)


Temple Beth Rishon

Wyckoff, NJ

  • Leads weekly Shabbat services on Friday nights and Saturday mornings with piano and self-accompanied on guitar.

  • Chants weekly Torah (seven aliyot + maftir) and Haftarah portions; recruits/prepares congregants to chant.

  • Serves as the director of the B’nei Mitzvah program, setting policies, providing tutoring, and officiating ceremonies.

  • Officiates lifecycle events, including weddings, funerals, B’nei Mitzvah services, baby naming ceremonies, shiva minyanim etc.

  • Teaches music (prayers, holiday songs, Israeli music, liturgy etc.) three days per week in the Religious School for grades K-7.

  • Teaches music twice per week in the preschool and leads weekly Tot-Shabbat services.

  • Teaches Hebrew High School twice per month, focusing on topics ranging from Israeli history from ancient times-present,

  • Jewish identity, anti-Semitism, Zionism and anti-Zionism, Jewish denominational differences, and more.

  • Serves as the choir director alongside a longstanding lay leader; prepares them for High Holiday services and other events throughout the year, such as Interfaith services, Holiday concerts, Shabbat Shira etc.  

Congregation Rodeph Sholom
 New York, NY

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

  • Tutored B'nei Mitzvah students and taught trope cantillation classes.

  • Officiated at B'nei 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’nei 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, creating musical cohesion between the religious school, B'nei Mitzvah program, and  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’nei 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’nei Mitzvah students, led musical programs such as the Holocaust Memorial Service, and engaged in community outreach.

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