It is with a great deal of excitement that we are writing to let you know that, as of July 3rd, Cantor Rebecca Moses will become the new Cantor of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel. Cantor Moses’ hiring comes after an extensive search process embarked upon by the Cantorial Search Committee that was first appointed last summer. We reviewed many applications and ultimately invited three candidates to TSTI from throughout North America, in addition to Cantor Finn, who also applied for the position. After a careful and deliberate process, the search committee unanimously voted to offer the position to Cantor Moses. We are gratified that she accepted our offer, thrilled to have formalized our agreement this afternoon and are enthusiastically looking forward to her becoming part of the TSTI community.
Cantor Moses was invested by the Hebrew Union College-‐Jewish Institute of Religion in 2009 and has been serving Temple Anshe Sholom in Hamilton, Ontario for the last three years. She holds a Masters of Sacred Music from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri. A child actress, she also attended the University of North Texas School of Music in Denton, TX.
Cantor Moses, a native of San Antonio, impressed the committee on every level. She is a talented musician and an incredibly warm and accessible individual whose passion for people, Judaism, music and community comes through in all that she does. She offers an expertise in a breadth of musical styles and impressed the entire committee with her engaging style both on and off the Bimah.
The entire committee had the opportunity to meet with Cantor Moses in small groups as well as spend an hour with her in the sanctuary where she sang, taught and shared her passion for Jewish music in a more formal manner. Cantor Moses also had the chance to share a meal with the entire Senior Staff, as well as have a private dinner with both rabbis. It was quickly clear that she would be a fantastic fit for TSTI, a great addition to our clergy team, and a wonderful new addition to TSTI, who will bring energy and a host of new and innovative ideas to our congregation.
We look forward to formally welcoming Cantor Moses this summer and formally investing her as Cantor of TSTI in early September. We celebrate her coming to TSTI, even as Cantor Aronson becomes our Cantor Emeritus and Cantor Finn continues her sacred work here at TSTI. We are truly blessed by such talent and dedication.
Our profound thanks to the wonderful search committee, Co-Chairs Arnie Budin and Andrea Baum, Debbie Bernstein, Judy Epstein, Breena Fishback, Matty Goldberg, Renee Helfenstein, Adam Leight and Peter Messeri. Serving ex-officio was Rabbi Dan Cohen, Rabbi Ellie Miller and President Jay Rice.
You will find some musical selections from Cantor Moses in the TSTI app by mid-week and on the temple website next Monday.
Jay Rice, President Daniel M Cohen, Rabbi