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Introducing Our New Cantor-in-Residence, Michelle Rubenstein


Congregation Beth El is fortunate to have Cantor Michelle Rubenstein serving as our new    Cantor-in-Residence.

Cantor Rubenstein visits approximately twice a month and leads the congregation in a musical Kabbalat Shabbat service, often followed by a dairy potluck meal (see Beth El kashrut policy for guidelines on preparing food for Beth El events).  These services and the meals that follow are open to all members of the local community, regardless of affiliation.

On weekends when Michelle is in residence, she also co-leads our Shabbat morning service, sometimes giving a lesson or drasha and engaging our children in discussions of timely Jewish themes.

Treat yourself to a Shabbat of song.  


While studying as an undergraduate at Cornell University, Michelle Rubenstein (nee Mason) had little inkling that her leadership role in campus Jewish life might at some point dictate a career path – nor that a friendship she formed with a graduate colleague, also involved with Cornell’s egalitarian minyan, would develop into a professional collaboration.  But that’s exactly what happened.

More than a decade after Rabbi Safman & Cantor Rubenstein first davened (prayed) together in Annabelle Taylor Hall, they are joining forces to lead the Beth El congregation in inspirational, musically compelling worship services that harness some of the youthful enthusiasm they brought to campus life.

Cantor Rubenstin has now worked in the Jewish community for more than fifteen years, leading services, teaching bnai mitzvah students and reading Torah for congregations in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.  She earned  a certificate in Jewish Liturgical Music from Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts and was later being certified as a Hazzan through the Cantors Assembly.

Cantor Rubenstein, who now lives in a suburb of Boston with her husband Isaac and their son Jesse, looks forward to sharing her love of Jewish music and liturgy with the Beth El community and to making lasting connections with Beth El members while expanding her own musical repertoire.


Thu, September 23 2021 17 Tishrei 5782