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At Central Synagogue

Shani Ben Or
Shani Ben Or
Cantorial Intern

Shani grew up in Congregation Kol HaNeshama in Jerusalem and was raised in the Israeli Reform Movement. She is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy High School of Music, where she majored in classical music and opera.

At the conclusion of her military service in 2008, Shani spent two years in Hong Kong, working as a cantorial soloist for the United Jewish Congregation. After returning to Israel, Shani founded and participated in Tnufa, a leadership program for young adults at the Hebrew Union College. She later worked as a counselor in the Mechina in Jaffa and as the Youth Director of Beit Tefila, a liberal, non-affiliated congregation in Tel Aviv. In 2013 Shani started working as Program Director at Kehilat Kol HaNeshma and founded Telamim, a community of young progressive Jewish adults in Israel.

Shani has a Bachelor of Education in Critical Feminist Pedagogy from Seminar HaKibbutzim College. She is currently studying in a new and exciting M.A program for Jewish pluralistic study at Kiryat Ono college, and leads services and ceremonies for a variety of groups and individuals. In 2015 Shani was one of the first Israelis to participate in the cantorial program at HUC-JIR Jerusalem. Next year she will continue her studies at HUC-JIR New York’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music as an Israeli Rabbinical student, creating a new international ordination that merges cantorial and rabbinical studies together.