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TEMPLE SHIR TIKVA

Cantor Hollis Schachner

Cantor Hollis Suzanne Schachner has been delighted to serve on the clergy team of Temple Shir Tikva since July 2001 when she first walked through the doors to find holy conversations between friends engaged in spiritual growth and healing our world, who care for each other with gentle loving-kindness, and who find joy in simply being together. She believes in the power of music to bring people together in prayer and across differences, and bases her leadership of TST’s music program on guiding the congregation to find its own voice. She is passionate about learning and teaching Torah and is a dedicated pastoral counselor. Cantor Hollis is especially excited about enabling our community to explore new pathways to deeper connections through meditation, Mussar, Jewish yoga, and the contemplative offerings of the TST Center for Jewish Spirituality.

Cantor Hollis grew up in Miami, Florida, where she was a musical theatre major at the New World School of the Arts and studied in the jazz and vocal performance departments of the University of Miami, where her crowning achievement was fronting a Joni Mitchell Ensemble before graduating with double majors in Music and Judaic Studies. She was the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, where her voice was heard weekly throughout South Florida on a live Shabbat radio broadcast. During her studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion she served Temple B’nai Israel of Woodbury, Connecticut for three years until her Cantorial ordination in May, 2001.

Cantor Hollis is a founding board member of the organization "Uprooted: A Jewish Communal Response to Fertility Journeys," and a past board member and frequent teacher at the Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center, and serves as a Cantorial Coach in the School of Jewish Music of Hebrew College. 

Cantor Schachner is still a great big musical theatre nerd who also loves throwing pottery on her kick wheel, cooking, reading, traveling and camping. She and her husband, Cantor Jeffrey Stock, are the proud parents of Gavriel and Liat who are blessed to have had the gift of growing up as children of Temple Shir Tikva.

Sat, October 31 2020 13 Cheshvan 5781