• Alpert, Rabbi Chazzan Avraham

    Alpert, Rabbi Chazzan Avraham

    Avi has served as a hazzan for more than eighteen years. His posts have included Mosaic Law Congregation in Sacramento, Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas, and Congregation Bet …
  • Attie, Marsha

    Attie, Marsha

    Cantor at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.
  • Bahremand, Cantor Tannoz (Forunzahar)

    Bahremand, Cantor Tannoz (Forunzahar)

    Thesis Title: *MEIR FINKELSTEIN: Cantor, Composer, Mentor (2009) Email: … Continue reading →
  • Baron, Phil

    Baron, Phil

    Cantor at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, CA. Founding Director of the Helfman Composers Group.
  • Bat-Sarah, Wendy

    Bat-Sarah, Wendy

    Wendy Bat-Sarah's impressive professional experience reflects her passion for both, as well as her ability to seamlessly incorporate one into the other.
  • Berkovich, Alexander

    Berkovich, Alexander

    Holding an undergraduate degree in Opera and a Master’s degree in Music with an emphasis on vocal performance, both from Russia’s prestigious Kazan State Conservatory, Alexander Berkovich embarked on a …
  • Bernstein , Sandy

    Bernstein , Sandy

    Specializations Hazzan Sandy Bernstein brings a unique passion for music and a deep commitment to Judaism to her current congregation, Temple Sholom in Greenwich, CT. Before joining Temple Sholom …
  • Blum, Lily

    Blum, Lily

    Position: Rabbi Cantor Educator
  • Buch, Paul

    Buch, Paul

    Position: Cantor
  • Burgess, Fran

    Burgess, Fran

    I was ordained in 2012 after commuting from the San Francisco Bay Are for five years. I am currently the Cantor at Temple Beth Hillel, a small shul in …
  • Campbell, Orly

    Campbell, Orly

    Orly Campbell graduated from California State University, Northridge with a BA in Vocal Arts.  Prior to beginning her journey at the Academy for Jewish Religion California (AJRCA) she was …
  • Colbert, Sharon

    Colbert, Sharon

    Long active in Houston's Congregation Brith Shalom, she served as the synagogue's Shabbat service leader, choir president, and cantorial soloist.
  • Cotler, Rabbi Cantor Kyle Andrew

    Cotler, Rabbi Cantor Kyle Andrew

    Thesis Title: *SPANDEX HIDES MORE THAN JUST A COVENANT: How Superheroes of Modernity Reflect Jewish Identity And Values (2016)
  • Ettinger, Seth

    Ettinger, Seth

    A graduate of California State University Northridge with a BA in Religious Studies, Seth Ettinger's love of music and commitment to serve the Jewish community are long-standing.
  • Feldman, Marcus

    Feldman, Marcus

    Thesis Title: *T’EFILAH ZACAH, VOLUME TWO: The Shabbat Morning Nusach of Cantor Naftali Herstik (2011) Email:   … Continue reading →
  • Frailich, Lonee

    Frailich, Lonee

    Cantor Lonee Frailich is proud to serve as the Cantor at Temple Akiba - a Reform Synagogue in Culver City, CA. She is a second generation Cantor, proudly following …
  • Friedman, Daniel Eli

    Friedman, Daniel Eli

    Daniel Eli Friedman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in Theatre Arts, with a minor in Music and Philosophy. He went on to spend 15 years as …
  • Friedmann, Jonathan

    Friedmann, Jonathan

    Cantor Jonathan L. Friedmann, Ph.D. is Professor of Jewish Music History , WASC Academic Liaison Officer, and Director of Institutional Research at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California.
  • Goldman, Rachel Carrie

    Goldman, Rachel Carrie

    Thesis Title: *THE LANGUAGE OF CANTILLATION: A Historical and Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Trope, With Special Emphasis on Detours and Departures (2014) Email: … Continue reading →
  • Goodman, Rabbi Cantor Mark

    Goodman, Rabbi Cantor Mark

    Thesis Title: *ABORTION AND EUTHANASIA: A Survey of Jewish Thought (2007) Email:   … Continue reading →
  • Greenfeld, Rabbi Cantor Judy

    Greenfeld, Rabbi Cantor Judy

    Position: Rabbi Cantor Thesis Title: *PATHWAYS INTO PRAYER: A Siddur With Commentary (2016) *CREATING A SYNAGOGUE PRAYER BOOK (2004) Email: … Continue reading →
  • Guest, John Faulkner

    Guest, John Faulkner

    John  F. Guest  holds  a  Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from  Oberlin College, and a Juris …
  • Hutchings, Cantor Jessica

    Hutchings, Cantor Jessica

    Thesis Title: “WHO NEEDS SYNAGOGUE MUSIC, ANYWAY?” Is Music Outside the Synagogue Fulfilling Our Spiritual Needs? (2014) Email: … Continue reading →
  • Kupfer, Stephanie Rachel

    Kupfer, Stephanie Rachel

    Stephanie Kupfer graduated from Pepperdine University  with  a BA in Music. She continued her education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning a Master's  Degree in Voice.
  • Lembeck, Lorna

    Lembeck, Lorna

    Lorna entered AJR, CA in the Fall of 2001 and, while studying at the Academy, she became a Cantorial soloist, and served as the Cantorial intern at MJC&S. She sang …
  • Megdal, Bryce Emily

    Megdal, Bryce Emily

    Bryce Emily Megdal was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.  She attended a Jewish day school from first through eighth grade, where she developed a  lifelong passion for Judaism …
  • Mirsky, Rebekah

    Mirsky, Rebekah

    Specializations Baby Naming Ceremonies Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring Public Speaking Spiritual Counseling/Spiritual Direction Vocal/Instrumental Performance Weddings Writing/Editing   Thesis Title FREEDOM SONG: Original Music as a Pathway to Recovery from …
  • Peicott, Lisa

    Peicott, Lisa

    Lisa Peicott earned her undergraduate degree and Master's  degree in Music  from  UCLA, where her operatic roles included  "Blanche de la Force" in Dialogues of the Carmelites, "Tina" in …
  • Reisman, Cantor Lori

    Reisman, Cantor Lori

    Thesis Title: SO I HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG: Salvaging Sexuality in the Song of Songs (2015) Email   … Continue reading →
  • Robbins, Eva

    Robbins, Eva

    Position: Rabbi and Cantor
  • Robin, Edward

    Robin, Edward

    Specializations Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring Weddings   Email: Thesis Title KIDDUSH LEVANAH: The Sanctification of the Moon (2012) … Continue reading →
  • Shapiro, Bruce Steven

    Shapiro, Bruce Steven

    For the past 17 years, Bruce has helped thousands of people understand and invest in life insurance. Before entering AJRCA in 2008, Bruce had been a lay-leader at Congregation …
  • Shore, Harris

    Shore, Harris

    As multi-denominational clergy, Harris Shore has served as cantor and spiritual leader for Hollywood Temple Beth El, The Los Angeles Jewish Home Eisenberg Village in Reseda, and for Congregation …
  • Simmons, Cantor Pamela

    Simmons, Cantor Pamela

    Position: Cantor Email:            … Continue reading →
  • Stone, Michelle Bider

    Stone, Michelle Bider

    Michelle Bider Stone graduated  Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University with a  BA in Near Eastern and Judaic  Studies and received her MBA from the UCLA Anderson  School of …
  • Waltzman, Elisa

    Waltzman, Elisa

    Cantor Elisa Waltzman was ordained by AJR CA in 2009, after earning her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Degrees in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern …
  • Weiss, Cantor Lizzie

    Weiss, Cantor Lizzie

    Position: Cantor Thesis Title: THE MUSIC OF HEAVEN: MYSTICISM AND ITS INFLUENCE ON JEWISH MUSICAL PRACTICE (2015) … Continue reading →
  • Weiss, Cheri Renee

    Weiss, Cheri Renee

    Cheri Weiss received her BA in English and Theater from Wesleyan  University in Middletown, Connecticut. She also holds Bachelor  and Master of Music degrees from CSU Northridge.  Cheri lived …
  • Zerbib-Berba, Cantor Sarah Fortman

    Zerbib-Berba, Cantor Sarah Fortman

    Position: Cantor Thesis Title: REDEMPTION SONG – JOURNEY TO THE PROMISED LAND: An Examination of The History of Oppression, Survival, and Redemption of Jews and African-Americans (2015) Email:  …