Music, the pulse of Jewish spirituality, is the heart and soul of every service.  It transcends the physical as it connects individuals one to another, forming a community.  I embrace the opportunity to motivate and lead the congregation and religious school in prayer, and in music and song, to foster an experience that invites participation while enlivening worship and growing Jewish identity. I add my unique voice to the collective voice, bringing with me my enthusiasm and passion for both Judaism and music.

 

Resumé

RABBI CANTOR RAINA SIROTY, CCAR, ACC

MSM, MAHL HUC-JIR

 

 

 RABBINICAL CANTORIAL EXPERIENCE

Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim

www.jewishtemple.org

Alexandria, LA        July 2017 - Present

            ● Full charge Solo Rabbi, CCAR and Cantor, ACC

 

Temple Isaiah

 Los Angeles, CA      Fall 2001 - Summer 2008, Fall 2012-Present

            ● Limited Service Cantor for B’nai Mitzvah and Shabbat services (2012-Present)

            ● Spiritual Leader for Bereavement Group (2016-Present)

            ● Religious School Hebrew Specialist (2013-Present)

            ● Preparer of over 60 students for B’nai Mitzvah  (2012-Present)

            ● Instituted a curriculum entitled “What was God Thinking-A Guide to the Holidays” for 7th /8th grade  (2012-2014)

            ● T’filah advisor to song leader and Co-service leader in the Religious School (2012-13)

            ● Hired as the substitute Cantor during Cantor’s summer sabbaticals (June-Aug 2006-08)

            ● Cantorial Soloist Shabbat/ High Holy Days’, Hasharim choir member (2001-05)

            ● 2nd and 3rd Grade Religious School Teacher (2004-2005)

            ● Assistant Director of Children’s Choir “Cantor’s Chanters” (2004-2005, 2012)

 

University Synagogue

 Los Angeles, CA      Fall 2016-Present

            ● Private B’nai Mitzvah Tutor

            ● Substitute Hebrew School Teacher

 

Temple Kol Tikvah –Rabbinic Internship

Woodland Hills, CA          Fall 2015

            ● Rabbinic Intern        

            ● Assisted in leading Shabbat Services, responsible for delivering bi-monthly sermons

            ● Creation of an Adult Education Class curriculum on “What makes Jewish Art Jewish?”

            ● 5th grade Hebrew Teacher

            ● Leader and Rabbinic presence for Renaissance group (50+), which included event  planning and adult classes

 

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center– Chaplain

Los Angeles, CA        Fall 2013-Spring 2014

            ● Provided pastoral support and counseling to patients and families of all faith groups, including documenting patient charts

            ● Collaborated with  Jewish clergy to create Shabbat worship broadcast over the hospital’s television channel

 

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Los Angeles, CA      August 2014-June 2015

            ● Instructor of Synagogue Music Class for 2nd year Rabbinical Students

            ● HUC-JIR T’filah Intern and Advisor

 

Temple Shalom

Succasunna, NJ      September 2014, 2015

              ● Served as visiting Cantor for all High Holy Days’ services, including collaboration with  the Rabbi regarding the launch of Mishkan Hanefesh

 

Temple Israel of West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach, FL   September 2013

              ● Served as Visiting Cantor for all High Holy Days’ services

 

Temple Beth El of South Orange County

Aliso Viejo, CA   September 2012-June 2013

               ● Employed as a Limited Service Interim Cantor, to co-lead Shabbat B’nai Mitzvah  services

 

Temple Isaiah

Lexington, MA   September 2012

               ● Served as Visiting Cantor for all High Holy Day services

 

Congregation Shomer Emunim

 Sylvania, OH     July 2010 – July 2012

             ● Full Service Cantor of 500-member congregation

             ● Conducted life cycle events including baby naming’s/ b’rit milah, B’nai Mitzvah, weddings, funerals, and unveilings, both in collaboration with and     without the congregational Rabbi

             ● Co-created Shabbat and B’nai Mitzvah services integrating new musical selections along with the congregation’s existing musical traditions

             ● Created community-wide breast cancer awareness worship experience, as well as “Friday Night Live”, religious school focused, and worship honoring synagogue auxiliaries

            ● Provider of ongoing pastoral and emotional support for congregants at hospitals, convalescent homes, and hospice

            ● Produced and taught an Adult beginning Hebrew Program

            ● Facilitated Shabbat Morning Torah study in conjunction with the congregational Rabbi

            ● Taught a Co-Ed adult study group utilizing the Women’s Torah Commentary

            ● Delivered sermons at least monthly on Shabbat

            ● Envisioned, fundraised and implemented the teen programs “Rosh Chodesh: It’s a Girl  Thing” and “Shevet Achim: A Brotherhood” to the Jewish community of Toledo

            ● Collaborated with the Toledo JCC and co-sponsored events with the local Conservative and Orthodox synagogues

            ● Musical director of Adult Choir and Children’s Choir, who performed at services, Temple and community events                         

            ● Producer and Director of  “Schmaltz: The Megillah According to Grease” and “The Megillah According to Broadway”

            ● Compiled and created new family machzor for congregational use

            ●Implemented and created an age appropriate music curriculum focusing on holidays and core Jewish values within the Religious School

            ● Responsible for young family musical engagement through Tot Shabbat and special pre-school age musical and movement program

            ● Manager of the B’nai Mitzvah Program and tutor of 20 students per year

 

Temple Beth Miriam –Student Cantor

 Elberon, NJ     Fall 2008 – June 2010

              ● Director of the Adult Choir who performed for High Holy Days, Shabbat services and within the community

              ● Implemented music curriculum within the religious school mentored NFTY song-leader          

              ● Co-Director of Children’s Choir who performed at services and within the community

 

Temple Beth El of Huntington –Student Cantor

 Huntington, NY      Fall 2007 - Spring 2008

              ● Assistant Cantor to Cantor Sandra Sherry Pilatsky

              ● Co-officiated for Shabbat, High Holy Days’ and B’nai Mitzvah services

              ● Created first trope class at the synagogue to 6th and 7th grades

              ● Led Shabbat Morning Adult Learner’s Minyan

 

Sinai Reform Temple –Student Cantor

 Bay Shore, NY      Fall 2006

               ● Co-led Shabbat, High Holy Days’ and B’nai Mitzvah services

               ● Implemented music curriculum within the religious school

 

EDUCATION

 

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Los Angeles, CA      Fall 2012-Present

                  ● Rabbinical Student-Expected Date of Ordination: May 2017

                  ● Rabbinical Thesis:  “Sisterhood is Powerful: The Impact of Sisterhood on the Reform Movement”

                  ● Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters    May 2014

 

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, DFSSM                      

Jerusalem, Israel and New York, NY       July 2005 - May 2010

                  ● Cantorial Ordination           May 2010

                  ● Cantorial Thesis “The Life and Legacy of Hazzan Gershon Sirota”

                  ● Masters of Sacred Music    May 2009  

 

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Los Angeles, CA      September 2001 - May 2005 

                  ● Mechina Pre-Cantorial Program with Cantor Evan Kent, Michael Isaacson

                  ● Audited 2nd year Rabbinical school classes

 

University of California-Santa Barbara                                                  

Santa Barbara, CA      September 1999 - June 2001

Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice - highest academic honors

             ● Opera Theater Workshop, performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony

             ● UCSB Chamber Choir, toured in France as a soloist

             ● Co-Director UCSB Children’s Choir

 

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN     September 1997- January 1999 (Voice Performance Major)

               ● Opera Workshop, IU Doctoral Conductors Chorus, Musical Comedy Workshop

               ● Staged Performances: Barber of Seville (Berta) -- Norma (Clotilde)

 

The George Washington University

Washington D.C.      September 1996 - June 1997 (Political Science/Music Major)

            ● Performed at President Clinton’s 1998 Inauguration

            ● Opera Theater Workshop, Lassus Singers, G.W. University Singers

 

 

COMMUNITY, LEADERSHIP

 

            ● Visiting Clergy at Goldman Union Camp Institute  (July 2011)

            ● Cantor for the 100th Anniversary service of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority

            ● Jewish Heritage Chair, Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority

            ● HUC-JIR student group secretary, Volunteer at HUC Soup Kitchen

            ● Participant in “Germany Close Up-American Jews Meet Modern Germany” Program

            ● Participant in FSU Pesach Project in which I led Passover Seders in Belarus

 

   American Conference of Cantors/ HUC-JIR Alumni/Cantors Assembly/URJ

            ● Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music (DFSSM) Working Group committee (June 2011-2014)

            ● DFSSM Recruitment committee (2014-present)

            ● Presenter at URJ Biennial in Toronto (November 2009)

            ● Presenter at URJ Biennial in San Diego (December 2013)

            ● Participant at URJ Biennial in Orlando (November 2015)

            ● Chazzanut presentation-Cantors Assembly Conference (January 2008, 2013, 2014)

 

 Hillel/UCSB/Indiana University/The George Washington University

             ● Co-led services for the Graduate & Professional group of USC/UCLA Hillel

             ● Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, Jewish Heritage Chair, Alpha Epsilon Phi liaison to Hillel

             ● UCSB Hillel, IU Hillel Membership Chair, GWU Hillel Freshman Council

 

 

ACADEMIC AND PERFORMANCE AWARDS

 

            ● HUC-JIR Rabbinical scholarship recipient

            ● American Jewish Archives Fellowship

            ● Dean's List

            ● National Organization of Collegiate Scholars

            ● Golden Key Honor Society

            ● UCSB Excellence at Entrance Award

            ● HUC-JIR Cantorial scholarship recipient

            ● Presidential Arts Scholar

            ● NATS Semifinalist

            ● Bank of America Music Award

            ● Capital Opera Young Artist Program

 

 

 

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