Alty Weinreb

Swampscott’s Shirat Hayam chooses new cantor

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Swampscott’s Shirat Hayam chooses new cantor

Alty Weinreb
Alty Weinreb

MARCH 22, 2018 – SWAMPSCOTT – Alty Weinreb, a native of New York, has been named the new cantor at Congregation Shirat Hayam. Weinreb will begin his post this summer and will succeed Cantor Elana Rozenfeld, who will step down in June after serving the temple for six years so she can spend more time with her family.

“Alty’s passion for music, Judaism, and engaged spirituality shined through his visit last weekend and will be such an exhilarating addition to our shul and the experiences we offer,” Shirat Hayam President Renée Sidman said in a statement announcing Weinreb’s appointment.

According to his website, www.cantoraltyshul.com, Weinreb has performed for the last 20 years across the United States at High Holiday Services and wedding ceremonies. He is lead singer of the Judeo Flamenco group Lyla Cante, and the Klezmer bands Simcha All Stars & Cuban Jewish All Stars. He also teaches drums and percussion to children and adults.
His cantorial training began as a child in his neighborhood synagogue and led to the halls of Yeshiva University’s Cantorial School.

In her statement, Sidman also thanked Marla Gay and the Cantor Search Committee members: Thomas Vogel, Jay Mahler, Amy Gold, Larry Groipen, Mark Messenger, Gitte Kushner, Jerry Nissenbaum, and Deb Neilan;  ex officio: Barri Stein, Janis Knight, and Rabbi Michael Ragozin; and teen ambassadors  Yelena Jeffries, Sophie Jeffries, Ben Neilan, Owen Neilan, Anna Levenberg, and Gefen Finn.

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