Cantor Jessica Fox Epstein

Cantor Jessica F. Epstein


Cantor Jessica Epstein is a 1998 graduate of the School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.

Jessica  began studying voice in high school at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1989 she received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Arts Education as well as a National Arts Recognition and Talent Search Honorable Mention.

A National Merit Scholar, she holds a B.A. in English and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

During her required year in Jerusalem for Cantorial school, she studied with an expert in Israeli art song, and has completed the first comprehensive study of Israeli composer, Verdina Shlonsky, several of whose works she performed at the Jerusalem Theater in Jerusalem.

She has served as a student-cantor in New Jersey and Brooklyn Heights and was a chaplain intern at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

While at HUC-JIR, she was the Student President of the School of Sacred Music and received a variety of prizes for her work, including the Rabbi Malcolm Stern Memorial Prize for the student who has contributed the most to the school.

She served as a Cantor at Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield before joining  B'Nai Abraham in 2005         


Cantor Epstein is active in the Reform cantorate on a national level. She has served as an officer and on the executive board of the American Conference of Cantors. She can be heard singing the music of Max Helfman on the Transcontinental Music CD, Kol Dodi: Jewish Wedding Music, and the recent CD release, Shabbat Anthology, Volume II. Her insights into theparasha Tzav were published in Living Torah: Selections from Seven Years of Torat Chayim, by the URJ Press. She has performed in Jewish concerts at the 92nd St. Y, as well as in New York, New Jersey and San Francisco.

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