Amy Robinson Katz is a Cantorial student at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles and is working toward ordination as Hazzanit. An accomplished musician, songwriter and choir leader, Amy serves as Ba’alat Tefillah at Congregation B’nai Israel and is a frequent Sh’lichat Tzibbur at CBI Coastal. She also leads services at the American Jewish University in Bel Air, Temple Beth El of Orange County, and is Ba’alat Tefillah for High Holy Days at Temple Israel in Sharon, Massachusetts.
Amy is the creator and leader of regular one-hour music-based Prayersong sessions which draw from the tradition of Taizé, melodies from Rabbi Shefa Gold, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, Yuval Ron, gospel music and many of Amy’s own. Prayersong utilizes contemplative communal singing as a form of transformative prayer, a way to experience Hebrew texts. Amy released an album of Prayersong music in 2013 entitled “Live at AJR.”
Amy developed HAL’LU for Congregation B’nai Israel in 2013 and YISM’CHU in 2017. Both are musical Shabbat morning experiences that are “traditional like you’ve never heard before.” Professional musicians and community members come together to create a compelling and engaging sound that the k’hal cannot help but join, utilizing traditional and new melodies from contemporary and classical Jewish composers as well as original music. HAL’LU takes place a few times a year as an alternative service and YISM’CHU takes place in our main sanctuary about once a month. An album of HAL’LU music was released in 2015. Videos of the recording can be found on YouTube. Click to view: Or Chadash, Oseh Shalom, Kedusha Chant, and Psalm 150.
Watch an interview with Amy below: