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Exciting Times for TSTI With the Arrival of Cantor Rebecca Moses This July

Dear Friends,

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


Some of the Newest Members of the TSTI Family Gather for a Meet and Greet

New Members of TSTI gathered Sunday morning to get acquainted with each other at a breakfast hosted by the Membership Committee. As is typical of the TSTI congregation, members came from Maplewood, South Orange, West Orange, and Short Hills. Welcoming the new members were Rabbis Dan Cohen and Ellie Miller, Temple President Jay Rice, and Religious School Director Mindy Schreff. The new members were encouraged to get involved in temple life by joining a committee or group. Janet Schwamm signed-up volunteers for the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges. Ben Deutsch talked about Religious School Board, and Lisa Levine described Women’s Connection events. New Members also received contact information for many of the temple’s other initiatives and social action programs, and were reminded about the many ways TSTI communicates with its members, including Facebook, Twitter, and our new TSTI App.