Through his involvement with the Hope charity, Gary Balanoff met a member of Temple Shir Shalom in Winter Springs. The two of them initiated a meeting between representatives of that congregation and our president and our pastor last December.
Pastor Janice and Cantor Kim Singer have continued to meet and talk about forming a deeper connection between these two communities of faith. In the course of these discussions, Pastor
Janice invited Cantor Singer to preach at the February 16 worship service and to bring members of her congregation with her. The service that morning will be specially designed to teach about why we Lutherans do what we do in worship. On Friday evening, February 28, Pastor Janice will preach at Temple Shir Shalom Temple, and our whole congregation is invited to accompany her
for a similar special worship service. Please mark your calendars and plan to join in as our congregations learn more about one another and continue looking for ways to be in partnership with one another.
INTRODUCING CANTOR KIM SINGER
Cantor Kim Singer is the spiritual leader of Temple Shir Shalom. As such she fulfills both the musical aspects of synagogue life, as well as teaching, administrative and pastoral responsibilities. She was ordained in 2009, and came to central Florida in 2015 after seven years in central Massachusetts, which included shepherding that congregation through a merger, serving as a force of Stability through several transitions in rabbinic leadership. Before embarking on her career in Jewish music and education, Kim was a founding member of World Mother Goose Children’s Theater in the Seattle area. Indeed, it was this experience that led to her being tapped to fill a vacancy in a first grade religious school classroom, setting the stage for her decision to enter
Kim incorporates a wide variety of musical styles into services, blending traditional nusach (prayer melodies), classical liturgical compositions, and popular Jewish melodies into an inspiring and
uplifting experience. She brings a modern sensibility to traditional texts, with a balance of thoughtful insights and humor. She has directed volunteer and professional synagogue choirs and bands. She is also an accomplished composer, whose work ranges from original children’s music to pieces for choir, organ and flute, and often incorporates melodies from traditional nusach and cantillation.
Kim has been active in Jewish organizations for both musicians and educators, serving in positions at the national level in both organizations. She has taught and performed at national conferences. Kim is a native of Seattle, WA, and holds a Bachelors degree in Drama from the University of Washington. She has served a number of congregations in Washington, Florida and Massachusetts over the past 20+ years. Her Cantorial Ordination, Masters of Jewish Education and Certificate in Family Education are from Hebrew College. In 2010 she was awarded the
title of Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) which recognizes excellence in synagogue education within the Reform movement.