Resume

Current Employment

Liturgical Director, Kane Street Synagogue, Brooklyn (New York), started July 2019

 

Prior Cantorial Experience

Cantor, Temple Sinai Massapequa, Massapequa (New York), September 2018-June 2019, twice monthly Shabbat and Festival pulpit, Hebrew School holiday music programming.

Cantor, Bay Ridge Jewish Center, Brooklyn (New York), September 2018-June 2019, HHD services, monthly Shabbat pulpit including community mixed professional/amateur band, and B’nei Mitzvah tutoring.

Cantor, Temple Sholom Mill Basin, Brooklyn (New York), October 2018-June 2019, monthly Shabbat alternative (Renewal-style) services.

 

B’nei Mitzvah Tutor, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, New York (New York), September 2018-June 2019, individual tutoring Torah and Haftarah leyening and Tefillah leading, 14 students/week.

 

Hebrew School Teacher, Park Slope Jewish Center, Brooklyn (New York), September 2018-June 2019, Kitah Vav (Sixth Grade class).

Hebrew School Teacher, Or Zarua, New York (New York), September 2018-June 2019, Co-teaching Kindergarden/First and Third/Fourth Grade classes, Elementary school Tefillah and Parashah program.

Cantor, Congregation Beth Ohr, Bellmore/Massapequa (NY), July 2016-June 2018

Responsibilities included:

  • leading Shabbat, Weekday, High Holy Day, and Festival services

  • coordinating Torah and Megillot reading, including preparing scrolls for reading, assigning readings, training lay readers, and serving as primary Torah and Megillot reader on all occasions

  • teaching B’nei Mitzvah students and coordinating with additional tutor

  • developing and implementing a comprehensive synagogue skills curriculum in the Hebrew School, including teaching weekly synagogue skills modules for grades 3-7, and leading a weekly Hebrew School Tefila (Prayer) Assembly

  • launching a volunteer choir for HHDs

  • pastoral care visits and phone calls, including officiating at life cycle events from birth rituals through bereavement care

  • participating in synagogue committees

  • writing quarterly bulletin articles, and fortnightly congregational emails with music recordings

  • representing the CBO at wider communal and interfaith events 

Cantor, Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill (MA), August 2015-June 2016

Responsibilities included:

  • leading Shabbat, Weekday, High Holy Day, and Festival services

  • coordinating Torah, Haftarah and Megillot reading, including preparing scrolls for reading, assigning readings, training lay readers, and reading as needed

  • teaching B’nei Mitzvah students

  • teaching a weekly Adult Education Program: Art as Midrash

  • supervising the Young Families Co-ordinator 

  • sending a weekly congregational email with music recordings

  • officiating at life cycle events

  • pastoral care visits and phone calls

Cantorial Intern, Beth Shalom Oceanside Jewish Center, Oceanside (NY), August 2014-June 2015 

Responsibilities included:

  • leading Shabbat, Weekday, High Holy Day and Festival services

  • creating High Holy Day and Shabbat learners’ services (leading davening, giving kavanot, drashot and sermons)

  • chanting Torah, Haftarah and megillot as needed

  • teaching B’nei Mitzvah students

  • presenting a monthly Rosh Chodesh: Art as Midrash cultural program for women, and teaching Jewish-themed knitting and embroidery

 

Cantorial Intern, Kehillat Netzach Israel, Ashkelon, Israel, September 2013-June 2014

Twice monthly responsibilities included: 

  • leading Shabbat and Festival services

  • chanting Torah, Haftarah and Megillot

 

Shaliach Tzibur, Ba’al Koreh, Darshan (freelance) at a variety of synagogues in the US, Israel, Germany, October 2011-June 2015, including:

  • New York: Ansche Chesed, Congregation Ohav Shalom, East Midwood Jewish Center, the JTS Women’s League Seminary Synagogue, the JTS Cantorial School minyan, Minyan Rimonim, Temple Beth El, Temple Gates of Prayer and Temple Israel

  • New Jersey: Temple Beth Ahm, Temple Beth El-Mekor Chayyim, White Meadow Temple, JACS Retreat

  • Other USA: Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center (FL), Congregation Har Shalom (MD), Gomley Chesed (VA), Temple Beth Shalom (FL), Yiddishvokh (MD)

  • Israel: Conservative Yeshiva (Jerusalem), Kibbutz Ketura (Ketura), Machon Schechter (Jerusalem), Moreshet Yisrael (Jerusalem)

  • Germany: Oranienburgerstraße Synagoge (Berlin)

 

Education
  • Master of Sacred Music/Diploma of Hazzan, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

  • Bachelor of Music (Composition Honors Class 1), Sydney Conservatorium of Music

 

Additional Training
  • Pastoral Care Hospice Chaplaincy, completed one unit (400 hours) through JTS and MJHS, October 2014-May 2015 

  • Congregation-Based Community Organizing (60 hours) through Jewish Funds for Justice’s Rabbinical and Cantorial Leadership course 

  • Nigun and Nusach Intensive (30 hours) through Machon Hadar

  • The Op-Ed Project (14 hours), cultivating increased minority presence in leadership positions, through training to publish opinion pieces

 

Teaching Experience
  • B’nei Mitzvah Tutor, for individuals and small groups (11 years)

  • Dance teacher and leader, Yiddish folk dance workshops and social dance leading, for as many as 300 participants, in the USA, Canada, Israel, Germany and Australia (8 years)

  • Hebrew School Assistant for children with special needs (2 years)

  • Workshop facilitator, Jewish-themed knitting and embroidery

 

Musical Leadership Experience
  • Band Leader, Columbia University Klezmer Band (1 year), Di Khupe Heybners (klezmer/world, 3 years)

  • Conductor, multiple student vocal and instrumental ensembles for JTS events (5 years)

  • Assistant Conductor, North Shore Temple Emanuel adult and mixed choirs (6 years), Bel a Cappella Chamber Choir (2 years) 

  • Instrumentalist: accordion, piano, banjolele, clarinets, flutes

 

Management Experience
  • Dance workshop coordinator, Yiddish Summer Weimar 2018

  • Logistics assistant, Camp Ramah Passover Retreat

  • Committee Chair, Cafe Shirah Tzedakah Concert

  • Secretary, JTS Cantorial School Student Organization

 

Languages
  • English

  • Hebrew

  • Yiddish

  • German

 

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