Friday, July 18, 2014

Welcoming Our New Cantor-Educator

Please join us at Shabbat services tonight, July 18th, at 7:30 PM, as we welcome our new Cantor and Religious School Director, Sandy Horowitz.

Cantor Sandy Horowitz brings to Congregation Adas Emuno a passion for both music and Jewish education. She was raised in a secular Jewish foreign service family and lived abroad during most of her childhood. After receiving her BA in English Literature/Composition from Colgate University, Cantor Horowitz moved to New York City and began formal voice training, while working in publishing and then as a computer systems project manager. She is also a NY State licensed massage therapist. Meanwhile, she began exploring her Jewish roots–and immediately found a connection through music. She served as a cantorial lay leader, became a b’nei mitzvah tutor, and was a founding member of the Hebrew School of Beth Am the Peoples Temple and Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights, where she was actively involved in curriculum development and policy planning.

She eventually enrolled at the Academy for Jewish Religion, and was ordained in May 2014, along with receiving a Masters in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. During this time she twice received the Rabbi Timoner Award for her musical compositions. She served as cantorial intern at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings-on-Hudson (and was a religious school teacher there for several years), and as the Cantor of Temple Beth Sholom in Flushing NY. As a classically trained singer and lover of classic rock and folk music, Cantor Horowitz is equally comfortable with the great masters of Jewish hazzanut and contemporary participatory repertoire.

Cantor Horowitz is married to Marty Morell, an international development specialist and avid musicologist; their daughter Sara currently attends Swarthmore College.

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