About Cantor Shammash

The daughter of a mother with roots in Latvian Jewry and a Baghdad-born father of Babylonian Jewish tradition who emigrated to American in 1947, Cantor Elizabeth Shammash  feels the proud inheritance of two rich Jewish lineages. She recently joined the clergy staff at Adath Israel in Philadelphia, after serving Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, PA from 2007 – 2020.  In addition, she works with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, mentoring rabbis and cantors in Jewish mindfulness practices.

Prior to entering Jewish Theological Seminary in 2004, her career in opera and concert took her to work with companies including New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera,  Palm Beach Opera,  Sarasota Opera, Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and the Beijing Music Festival and symphonic appearances including the Israel Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, Los Angeles Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra. The 2018-19 season highlight was a Yiddish Liederabend at YIVO in New York City, and 2019-20 included a Leonard Bernstein 100th birthday concert at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, presented jointly by Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Lyric Fest, with Jamie Bernstein as narrator, as well as a Hebrew Liederabend at YIVO, featuring the arts song of Israeli composers.

Cantor Shammash has recorded extensively for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music. She holds degrees from Brown University, Manhattan School of Music, Boston University Opera Institute, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a longtime yoga practitioner and makes her home in Philadelphia with her husband, David Reed, and their rescue dog, Lenny.

Media

Video Recordings

Shloymele, Malkele. Music by Joseph Rumshinksky. Lyrics by Isidore Lillian. Recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Morenica, “Dark Beauty”, traditional Ladino. Elizabeth Shammash, mezzo-soprano; Allen Krantz, guitar. Recorded live at 1867 Sanctuary, Ewing NJ . 

Baym Bentshn Likht. Music: Lazar Weiner. Yehudi Wyner, piano. A young woman recalls how her mother would tear up with her deepest prayers as she lit the Shabbat candles on Friday nights.

Shloymele, Malkele. Music by Abraham Ellstein. Lyrics by Molly Picon. Recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Audio Tracks

L’chu N’ran’na, Kabbalat Shabbat liturgy. Recorded live 10/25/19. Music: Elana Rozenfeld & Lautaro Mantilla.  Cantor Leon Sher, guitar; Gaston, Bernstein, percussion.

L’cha Dodi, Kabbalat Shabbat liturgy. Music: Breslov Hassidic/ folk tune/ Aaron Bensoussan. Rabbi David Ackerman, guitar.

Ahavat Olam, Shabbat Maariv liturgy. Music: Eric Mandell. Rabbi David Ackerman, guitar.

Avinu Malkeinu, Yom Kippur liturgy. Music: Max Janowski. Recorded for the Milken Archive of Jewish Music.

Hineni, High Holy Day liturgy. Live recording, Tiferet Bet Israel, Yom Kippur 2019/5780. Music: Adolph Katchko.

Tavo L’fanecha, Yom Kippur liturgy. Music: Max Janowski. David Schlossberg, piano.

Calendar

Upcoming Events

Every Monday, 11am-noon ET
IJS Online Yoga Studio

FREE and OPEN TO ALL 

Every Sunday
Yoga
Link, etc.

December 9
Kabbalat Shabbat
Temple Beth El, Springfield, MA (Zoom)

January 6-7
Shabbat Services
Adath Israel, Lower Merion, PA

January 14
Guest Teacher
Temple Bnai Or, Morristown, NJ

January 22-27
Teaching on Retreat
Institute for Jewish Spirituality

Brandeis Bardin Institute Simi Valley, CA

February 1
Tu B’Shvat Seder
Adath Israel, Lower Merion, PA

February 3-4
Scholar-in-Residence
Temple Beth El, Springfield, MA
Shabbat Shira, Jewish Lullabies concert

February 6-7
Yiddish Theater show, Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn
Boca West, Boca Raton, FL

February 17-19
Scholar-in-Residence
Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, FL 
(live and livestream)

February 24-25
Shabbat Services
Adath Israel, Lower Merion, PA

March 1
Lunch & Learn
Adath Israel (Zoom)

March 3
Kabbalat Shabbat
Temple Beth El, Springfield, MA (Zoom)

March 17-18
Shabbat Services
Adath Israel, Lower Merion, PA
(with Sababa Band on Friday)

April 7
Kabbalat Shabbat
Temple Beth El, Springfield, MA (Zoom)

April 13
8th day Pesach
Adath Israel, Lower Merion, PA

April 14-15
Shabbat Services
Adath Israel, Lower Merion, PA

April 28-29
Shabbat Services
Adath Israel, Lower Merion, PA
(with Sababa Band on Friday)

May 7
Concert
Beth Israel Congregation, Owings Mills, MD

May 13
To Be Certain of the Dawn
by Stephen Paulus, 
with Singing City

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr PA

May 19-20
Shabbat Services
Adath Israel, Lower Merion, PA

May 27
Shabbat Services
Adath Israel, Lower Merion, PA

June 9
Shabbat Services
Adath Israel, Lower Merion, PA

June 19
Divas on the Bima concert
Beth Tzedec Congregation, Toronto, Ontario

July 16-21
Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Teaching on Retreat

Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown MD

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