Hazzan Marcia Tilchin received her Masters of Sacred Music and Diploma of Hazzan from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in May of 2000. Prior to her move west, she was the part-time cantor for Congregation Sons of Israel in Upper Nyack, New York while continuing her education at JTS in preparation for the rabbinate. In 2002, Marcia joined Rabbi Elie Spitz as one of Congregation B’nai Israel’s clergy – the first hazzan engaged by the synagogue in their then 22-year history.
She is the creator and founding director of the award-winning Kesher program at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, established to provide a unique summer camping opportunity for Jewish deaf children and their families. Tilchin was also associate producer, editor and musical consultant for four programs (Passover, High Holy Days, Shabbat and Purim) produced by the Radio Foundation in their “What is Judaism” series which feature interviews between former JTS Chancellor, Ismar Schorsch, and radio personality Larry Josephson. Cantor Tilchin served as President of the Interfaith Council of Central Orange County in 2007 and 2008 and still remains involved with interfaith projects county-wide.
Cantor Tilchin has resumed her rabbinical studies in the Ziegler School at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles on a part-time basis. She and husband, Scott Spitzer, are the proud parents of Avi, Sheindl and Yaira.
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