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 in Israel for six years, where she studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was involved in the music business, performing and writing song lyrics for some of Israel’s most popular singers.
Cheri has worked as a cantorial intern and soloist for several synagogues in San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs and has served as High Holy Days cantor at congregations in Houston, Texas and Providence, Rhode Island. Cheri founded the Shirenu Chorus, which has performed at Shabbat services in Jewish retirement communities as well as the Jewish Community Center ip La Jolla, and an inter-cultural festival in San Diego’s Balboa Park. She has produced and performed in Jewish music concerts at many venues in San Diego, where she currently resides.
In 2016, Cheri raised $10,000 to professionally record, self-produce, and distribute the CD “HINENI: Music for the High Holy Days.” Over 1,000 copies of her “HINENI” CD have been provided free of charge to homebound seniors in hospitals, hospices, and retirement homes across the United States via chaplains, clergy, Jewish Family Services and Jewish Federations.
I am filled with gratitude to my husband, Dan; my children Emma and Izzy; and all my family and friends for their continued love and support on this spiritual, musical and academic journey. Special thanks to Eugene Newman for encouraging me five years ago to pursue my long-held dream of becoming a cantor. My heartfelt appreciation to the staff and faculty at AJRCA for your wisdom, guidance and kindness.
Upon ordination, Cantor Weiss will pursue a synagogue canto rial position. She will continue to bring Jewish liturgical music to the homebound through the company she founded, Hazzanit, Inc.