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Cantor David Muchnick

Cantor Muchnick comes to us following 15 years as the Senior Cantor at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, located in Aventura, Florida. While at ATJC, Cantor Muchnick initiated and developed their Friday Night Live Service. He created their temples professional choir, sang at numerous concerts and Services, and ran their annual Purim Shpiel. Cantor Muchnick is renowned for his spirited vocals and piano playing. Cantor Muchnick also created and developed their Bar and Bat mitzvah program and spent 12 years running their Religious school.

Cantor Muchnick received his Ordination as Cantor from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. He also has a Masters degree in Jewish Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College, among many other academic accomplishments.

Cantor Muchnick is married to his soulmate Dena. Dena is a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist. When they are not running around with their five children, Sophie (21), Jonah (19), Alexa (15), Jordan (13) and Emersyn (9), David and Dena love to travel and enjoy attending broadway musicals and all types of concerts.

 

Cantorial Soloist Michelle Auslander Cohen

Michelle Auslander Cohen is a native of Skokie, IL. She pursued an operatic career and attended universities and operatic programs such as Peabody Conservatory, Boston University, Indiana University, and the Sarasota and Cincinnati Young Artist Programs. Michelle earned a Fellowship Artist to the Brevard Music Center, as well as an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Association. She has worked as a cantorial soloist throughout South Florida and as an adjunct voice professor at local universities. In 2007, Michelle composed, produced, and performed on her first CD, “The Music in Me.” In 2010, Michelle received an award from Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music for two of her compositions, and has had compositions published by Transcontinental Music. Her melodies are being sung in synagogues throughout the United States. Additionally, Michelle is the conductor of HaZamir Boca, a chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir. She and her husband Yaniv have two beautiful daughters, Eliana and Liora.

 

Cantor Kenneth Feibush

Kenneth Feibush is serving his fourth year at Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove, NJ.  He is a recent ordinee of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  As a cantorial student, he served pulpits in Louisiana, Alaska, and Upper Manhattan.  Kenny is also a graduate of Rutgers College with a B.A. with Honors in Middle Eastern Studies and Psychology.  In addition to his love of singing, Kenny plays violin and viola, enjoys travel, and knits for family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Cantor Claire Franco

Cantor Franco currently serves as the President of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC). She was elected after serving as a vice president for nine years with three different portfolios. From 2015-2019, she was responsible for the acquisition and oversight of Transcontinental Music Publications; the largest Jewish music publishing company in the world. She is a past president of the Alumni Association of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music; the institution from which she received her Masters in Sacred Music and her ordination as Cantor in 1996. She has authored articles for the Union for Reform Judaism and can be heard on many of their recordings. In November of 2010, Cantor Franco performed in concert at the Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli dei Martiri in Rome. This concert was featured in a documentary “To God’s Ears ” released the same year. Her proudest and most important accomplishments are her 25 years of happy marriage to Alan and their three girls; Lael, Eden and Emory.

 

Cantorial Soloist Sarah Freudenberger

Sarah (Pachter) Freudenberger serves as the Associate Cantor at Congregation B’nai Israel. She leads the chanting and music at Shabbat and Holiday services, as well as sings at other synagogue and school programs. Sarah directs the children’s choir, teaches the Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, and assists in all the musical activities of the temple. She graduated from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she studied music education and voice. While at UM, she was chosen for the Florida Vocal Association Promising Music Educator Award and the Sigma Alpha Iota Sword of Honor and College Honor Awards. Sarah has sung at CBI since 2006, taking a short break to complete her Master’s Degree at Arizona State University. Sarah is married to Peter, another UM musician, and they have two daughters, Aria and Ada.

 

 

 

Cantor Amy Levy

Cantor Levy, has served as cantor of KI since 2004. She considers herself blessed to be doing “work” she truly believes to be a calling. Cantor Levy knew when she made her first trip to Israel during high school that she wanted to serve the Jewish people. She loves to sing and teach about what is meaningful and important to her.

Cantor Levy enjoys working with congregants of all ages and with all kinds of music. From the Bar and Bat mitzvah students to choirs, and musical groups for every age group, to Sabbath for the Soul Shabbats, and Yiddish music, she makes the worlds of Jewish music and sacred music accessible.

Graduating from the University of Kansas in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music for Vocal Performance, Cantor Levy went on to the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute for Religion’s School of Sacred Music with Cantor Muchnick. Her graduation and investiture as a Cantor took place in 2000. Cantor Levy served Temple Israel in Tulsa, Oklahoma until June 2004, and currently she serves as Senior Cantor at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA.  She served on the Executive Board of the  American Conference of Cantors.  She has performed in Cantorial Concerts from New York to Oklahoma.   Cantor Levy is also a Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Life Style Consultant. Cantor Levy is married to Ross M. Levy and they have two children, Aria and Yakira, a new puppy named Dolly!

 

Accompanist Alan Mason

Dr  Alan Mason is one of the nation’s most distinguished directors of sacred Jewish music concerts and religious services, and is the Immediate President of the Guild of Temple Musicians.  He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, and is a retired Associate Professor of Music at Barry University.  He is an accompanist for the American Conference of Cantors, the Cantors Assembly, the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Zamir Choral Foundation.  Alan is the conductor of HaZamir Miami, a chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, and the Assistant Director of the South Florida Jewish Chorale.  Alan is on the Board of Directors of the Zamir Choral Foundation and the Six Points Creative Arts Camp, a program of the Union for Reform Judaism.

 

 

 

Cantor Seth Warner

Cantor Seth Warner has served Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis since 2007 as only the third cantor in the Congregation’s 152 year history. He teaches and learns throughout the Congregation with the breadth of the community, including overseeing worship, music and b’nei mitzvah education.

Cantor Warner was ordained from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion after graduate seminary studies in Jerusalem and New York, where he earned a Master of Sacred Music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Redlands in his native Southern California.

Upon ordination he served the historic Touro Synagogue in New Orleans with distinction, producing Touro’s annual Jazz Fest Shabbat service with such musical greats as Jeremy Davenport and Ellis Marsalis. He sang the title role in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans as well as being honored on several occasions to sing the National Anthem for the New Orleans Saints.

He currently serves as Vice-President of the American Conference of Cantors as well as chaplain for first responders in the St. Louis area. He is most at home on the bima of Congregation Shaare Emeth, participating in worship services with the Congregation.Seth and his wife Shayna, live in suburban St. Louis and are the proud parents of two sons, Simon and Isaac.

 

Cantor Steven Weiss

Cantor Steven Weiss has proudly served as the Cantor and Director of Education at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham, Massachusetts for the last 16 years. Cantor Weiss received his Master’s Degree and Ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in May, 1996. Before coming to Congregation Sha’aray Shalom, he served at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta, Georgia for ten years, both as a student and an ordained cantor. Originally from Great Neck, New York, Steven holds a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College where he studied Human Resource Management and Opera Performance.

Cantor Weiss is the Immediate Past President of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC.) In that capacity, he helps lead the professional organization of over 600 Cantors serving congregations throughout North America. He currently oversees the work of Transcontinental Music Publications, the publishing arm of the ACC. Cantor Weiss is also very involved in the Boston Jewish community and serves as a member of the Camping and Scholarship Committees for Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and is the Chair of the Jewish Services Committee for the Jewish Vocational Services of Greater Boston. He also serves as a member of the faculty for the URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps and recently completed his service as a member of the board.

The most satisfying part of Cantor Weiss’s life is his family. He is married to Stephanie Gertz, who he met on the Jewish Federations of North America Young Leadership Mission to Israel in the summer of 2005. Together, they are the proud parents of Breanna Julia Weiss, born on December 12, 2008 and Micah Reuben Weiss, born on June 23, 2011.