Greek-born tenor, Alberto Mizrahi, one of the world's leading interpreters of Jewish music, is Hazzan of the historic Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago. He has thrilled audiences worldwide in recitals, symphony concerts, and opera. He is featured on two PBS televised specials and performed in the White House Hannukah celebration, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, the legendary Dave Brubeck, and throughout the U.S., Casablanca, Sao Paulo and Rio, Carnegie Hall, the Capitol Rotunda, The Netherlands, Krakow, Athens and Mexico City this past year.
Hazzan Mizrahi is an officer of the Cantors Assembly, on the board of the Zamir Choral Foundation and coaches at the H. L. Miller Cantorial School.
Senior Vice President
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Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, of Congregation Beth El in Voorhees, New Jersey, was invested as a Hazzan and earned a degree in Sacred Jewish Music from the Cantors Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she was awarded the Jacobson Memorial Prize in Hazzanut. She holds a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Music from the University of Washington.
Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro was among the first group of women to be inducted into the Cantors Assembly and is currently the Senior Vice President. She has previously served on the National Executive council, and as the co-chair of the Western Region, the 2006 International Convention, and the annual Delaware Valley Retreat.
Known for her moving renditions of liturgical music and enjoys concertizing throughout the country, her solo CD, Modim-We Give Thanks, is an eclectic collection of songs of thanksgiving, and her CD, Together As One, features duets of praise and inspiration with her dear friend and colleague, Hazzan David Propis.
Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro is thankful to G-d for the gifts of music and miracles, to her beloved husband, Stephen, and to their beautiful children, Rebecca and Joshua.
Vice President At Large
David A. Lipp came to Congregation Adath Jeshurun as Hazzan in 1994. He has established a reputation as an inspiring leader of worship and transmitter of Jewish musical tradition, ancient to contemporary.
He currently leads worship services, prepares youth for bar and bat mitzvah, teaches synagogue skills to children and adults, co-officiates at all life-cycle events, does pastoral work and directs the Adath Jeshurun Adult Choir. Cantor also teaches Melton and other adult education classes, sings in concerts and frequently represents the Jewish community at interfaith events. He was the featured soloist for one of Louisville's finest volunteer choruses, Voces Novae, on their first CD, Soul of the Synagogue.
Hazzan Lipp was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and grew up in Jerusalem, Haifa and Minneapolis. Before embarking on his current career, Cantor Lipp was an actor performing in local and regional theatre in the Midwest. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota and earned a Masters of Sacred Music degree from the Cantors Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
He is married to Rabbi Laura Metzger and they are the parents of a daughter.
Jacob "Jackie" Mendelson
Vice President Administration
Hazzan Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson is the subject of the documentary film A Cantor’s Tale directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou, currently playing in film festivals throughout the world. In reviewing the film, The New York Times called him, “a voice that heralds a culture… a documentary filmmaker’s dream.” Hazzan Mendelson is also featured in the documentary films: 100 Voices; Journey of Spirit, the film on the life of Debbie Friedman; Deli Man, directed by Erik Anjou; and Theodore Bikel in the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem.
Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, he witnessed the dwindling days of the Golden Age of Hazzanut. Now, as both an international performer and one of the leading cantorial masters of today, he is passing on his art to a new generation of cantors. For over 30 years he has taught at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Hazzan Mendelson has the unique honor of receiving honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College.
A graduate of the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music and the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School, Hazzan Mendelson is the composer of Weekday Mincha and Maariv and Improvisations on Shabbat Shacharit published by the Cantors Assembly, the organization in which he served as president in 2003 and 2004.
Having recently retired from the full-time pulpit at Temple Israel Center in White Plains in 2014, Hazzan Mendelson, aside from Scholar-in-Residence weekends and concerts, is performing The Cantor’s Couch—a one-man show written by Mark Bieler, with original music by Jonathan Comisar, and directed by Tony award nominee Eleanor Reissa. The show has played in many cities across the USA, including Palo Alto, Houston, Minneapolis, Louisville, and more, with many shows booked for 2016/17.
Also in the works is a sequel to the film A Cantor’s Tale, currently in pre-production, directed by Erik Anjou.
Hazzan Joanna Dulkin received her masters of Sacred Music and Investiture from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2004 and completed the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Cantorial Leadership Program in 2007. She is an honors graduate of Stanford University where she studied English, sang a cappella, and led community High Holiday Services. Her background as a songleader, musician and educator led her to the cantorate. She is also a published writer and an award-winning composer.
As the Hazzan of the Jewish Center of Princeton, New Jersey, Hazzan Dulkin is committed to innovative musical and spiritual leadership that inspires Jewish living and engagement at all ages and stages. She was the founding music director of Camp Ramah Darom, served on the faculty of Songleader Boot Camp, and has served internationally as Cantor-, Musician- and Scholar-in residence. In addition to her work with the Cantors Assembly, Hazzan Dulkin also serves on the Rabbinical Assembly's Siddur Lev Shalem committee.
Hazzan Dulkin and her husband, Rabbi Dr. Ryan Dulkin, are the proud parents of Zac and Jesse.
Uruguayan born Hazzan Luis Cattan is the Cantor at The Conservative Synagogue in Westport, CT. Previously he served as a Cantor and Education Director at Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus in North Miami Beach. He also has served at the Cuban Hebrew Congregation as Cantor and Executive Director. Cantor Cattan has recorded two CDs and performed in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Israel, Panama, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the United States.
He was the Cantor of the NCI (New Israelite Congregation), the main Conservative Congregation in Montevideo where he served for over 15 years not only as Cantor but also as youth Director and Religious School Director. He co-founded the Masorti Uruguay. Such involvement led later to his election as one of the five International Vice Presidents of Masorti Olami (the Zionist branch of the Conservative Movement). Cantor Cattan received Judaic studies in Uruguay (Nativ), in Israel (Machon L’madrichei Chul), and at the Latin American Rabbinical Seminar “Marshal T. Mayer” of Buenos Aires. He is a CICA graduate of the Cantors Assembly who studied Voice and Music Theory at the Falleri- Balzo conservatory in Montevideo Uruguay and the National Lyric Art School in the same town. He has also earned a Certification in Family Education issued by the Education Department of the Cantors Assembly.
He has also a Degree in Advertising and Marketing from the Catholic University of Montevideo, where he became the first Jewish student to be appointed as a delegate. He has a decade of experience in the advertising corporate world.
In Latin America he was also the Executive Director of the World Zionist Organization’s Zionist Activities Department. There, he developed multiple cultural and artistic programs that reinforced the tie between Israel and Latin American communities.
Immediate Past President
Nancy Abramson serves as Director of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She received undergraduate degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, earned a Master's degree from Columbia University's Teachers College and received her cantorial training at JTS.
Hazzan Abramson was the first female officer in the Assembly's history. She serves on the board of the Zamir Choral Foundation and is a member of the Women Cantors Network. Hazzan Abramson has performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and with the Selah Vocal Ensemble, and the Rinat Choir in Israel. She served as cantor at the Park Avenue Synagogue (14 years) and West End Synagogue (12 years) in Manhattan and Congregation Sons of Israel (5 years) in Westchester. She has taught at the Heschel School and directed the music program at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.
Stephen J. Stein
Executive Vice President
Stephen J. Stein has been the Executive Vice President of the Cantors Assembly since 1998. Founded in 1947, he is only the third person in the organization’s history to serve at its helm. During his tenure, he has devoted much attention to enhancing an appreciation for the unique contributions of cantors to the Jewish world and beyond, as well as to the evolving multi-faceted roles of the contemporary cantor. He has focused, as well, on building bridges with other Jewish communal institutions, notably within the Conservative movement. Hazzan Stein stepped away from serving as a congregational cantor in the summer of 2015 to devote his undivided focus to the CA. Four of his former students have followed in his footsteps and are now members of the CA; three of them are graduates of the cantorial school at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of both Duquesne University and JTS. Hazzan Stein’s additional accomplishments include the creation of recordings of Jewish music for Public Radio, featuring the music department of Kent State University, which have aired throughout the United States.
Director of Strategic Planning
Cantor Rebecca Carmi has degrees from Brown University, Cleveland Institute of Music and Hebrew Union College. She has served congregations in New York, New Jersey, California and Ohio.
She has appeared in opera and recital in the US and abroad, at Jewish Festivals in Krakow and Vienna, and is an often-featured soloist for the Cantorate. She served on the faculty of the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York, and recently received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change at Fielding University. Her dissertation was on Jewish music and its implications for strengthening identity, imparting wisdom, and facilitating historical healing. Cantor Carmi, is a former Jerusalem Post book reviewer, award-winning science fiction author, and author of children's books.
Director of Placement & Human Resources
Hazzan Jeremy Lipton is the Cantor of Congregation Agudas Achim in San Antonio, Texas, where he brings his many years of expertise, enthusiasm and experience as an educator, pulpit artist, conductor and performer. He has been an extremely active member of the Cantors Assembly since 1989 and has held numerous leadership positions on both regional and national levels, including as Member of the Executive Council, Treasurer, Vice President Administration, Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee, Chair of the Education Committee, and Co-Chair of the Cantors Assembly Western Region. As the Coordinator and founding Faculty member (1991-2008) of the highly successful Baal Tefillah Institute (a joint project of the Cantors Assembly and American Jewish University), Hazzan Lipton has trained hundreds of lay and professional leaders in cantillation and nusach hat'fillah for the entire liturgical year. He has also held academic posts as Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Cantorial School of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, as well as Adjunct Lecturer in Nusach and Liturgy at the American Jewish University's Ziegler School off Rabbinic Studies.
Hazzan Lipton holds both Bachelor's and Master's of Music Degrees in Music/Vocal Performance from California State University. His multi-faceted background encompasses an array of teaching experiences, including those in a number of colleges and universities throughout the southern California areas, where he has also taught voice, Choral Conducting and Opera. As a performer, he has concertized frequently and has appeared in numerous Cantorial concerts, opera, oratorio, recital, recordings, radio, television and film. Hazzan Lipton and his wife, Kay, a noted Musicologist, are the proud parents of two sons, Jonathan and Adam.
Bruce D. Braun
Hazzan Bruce Braun is a graduate of The University of Akron, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He studied Hazzanut with Hazzan Moshe Taubè.
Hazzan Braun has served Shaaray Torah Synagogue in Canton, Ohio, for 40 years and has been the Spiritual Leader of the congregation since 2000. Hazzan Braun and his wife, Dianne, an attorney, are the proud parents of Allison, who is an RN, and Daniel, who is a student at Kent State University.
A member of the Cantors Assembly since 1985, Hazzan Braun joined the CA staff in February, 2014, as Membership Chair.