Naomi joined TBR’s musical scene soon after her family became members of the congregation in 2015 when she started singing with TBR’s adult choir, Kol Rishon. Her involvement grew further when she was hired in 2016 by Gonen Arad as TBR’s Religious School music teacher, leading Sunday assemblies and Jewish music sessions for grades K-5, and has culminated with her being named as our new cantorial intern.
Naomi is honored to serve the congregation in this capacity, with her first-year dedicated to apprenticing with the Cantor at Shabbat and festival services on a bi-weekly basis and expanding her teaching schedule to include Tefilot class, Pre-school music, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring.
Naomi's new role within the TBR community provides her with a welcomed re-entry into the world of Jewish music and Tefilot that she grew up with and cherished. Born in New York City and raised primarily in the Midwest, she was raised in a family of musicians and was very involved as a 'tween and teen with her temple and regional youth groups, summer camp experiences at URJ-GUCI, Kutz Teen Leadership Academy (Warwick NY) and several student colloquiums hosted by HUC-JIR.
Naomi's first experiences in professional vocal performance came in college when she was tapped to be the lead singer for an Israeli/American pop cover band that performed regionally, and also the cantorial soloist for a local congregation. With her trusty Epiphone guitar (a Bat Mitzvah gift) in tow, she served as a guest song leader for religious schools and nursing homes throughout the area, as well.
Upon graduation from Ohio State University with a B.A. in Spanish Literature (French Lit. minor), Naomi returned to Manhattan to be closer to her extended family and endeavored to pursue music professionally - auditioning and performing in showcases while studying privately and in master classes with highly-regarded classical and Broadway-legit vocal coaches. Eventually however, a day job in the corporate world became a more pragmatic career stepping stone, and her musical pursuits were put on hold.
After nearly two decades devoted to the field of marketing and sales management at Fortune 500 and start-up entities, starting a family and then moving to the suburbs, Naomi is thrilled to be working once again in the beautiful and diverse Jewish music arena that she loves.
We look forward to Naomi continuing to share her lovely vocal and instrumental talents and her own special brand of “ruach” with TBR, while deepening her Judaic knowledge through Cantor Mamber’s mentorship and ultimately via a chazzanut academic program designed for adult independent study, overseen by a mentor, which is offered by the Cantor’s Assembly of the conservative movement.