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Our Cantor-in-Residence, Michelle Rubenstein


Congregation Beth El is fortunate to have Cantor Michelle Rubenstein serving as our Cantor-in-Residence.  Along with other musical guests, Michelle takes a monthly turn in leading our Shir Shabbat service with Rabbi Kideckel.  


Cantor Michelle Rubenstein has been leading monthly Friday night services for Congregation Beth El since 2019. In addition to her role at Beth El, Cantor Rubenstein has served in various cantorial and educational capacities at congregations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania for more than fifteen years. Cantor Rubenstein earned her cantorial smicha and was admitted to the Cantors Assembly as a full member in 2018 upon completion of the Cantorial Intern of the Cantors Assembly program. Cantor Rubenstein also holds a certificate in Jewish Liturgical Music from Hebrew College. She lives in Framingham, MA, with her husband Isaac and their son Jesse.



Cantor Sanford Cohn, z"l, officiated at The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford from 1999 through 2020, where he led services, taught adults and children, and involved himself with all aspects of an active congregation. He had previously led congregations in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Silver Spring, Maryland; and in Whitestone and Port Chester, New York.  He earned his Bachelor of Sacred Music and Diploma of Hazzan from the Cantors Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received awards in composition and for musical excellence. In 2013, the Seminary granted Hazzan Cohn a Doctor of Music, honoris causa. He was a member of the Cantors Assembly and the American Society for Jewish Music. Cantor Cohn performed music of all types throughout his life, including American, Israeli, Ladino and Yiddish folk and pop songs, as well as musical theater, light opera, hazzanut and classical art songs. 

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