Cantor Amy Robinson Katz serves as our Ba’alat Tefillah and is a Master’s Candidate at the Academy for Jewish Religion California, working toward her official ordination as Hazzan in spring 2022. An accomplished musician and arranger, Amy lead Shir Energy, a community a capella group in Orange County from 2010 to 2014. Influenced by her experiences with Taizé chanting, Amy is the creator and composer of Prayersong contemplative singing. She is also the creator and director of HAL’LU Shabbat morning services that are “traditional like you’ve never heard before” and teaches Davening Workshops at CBI.
In addition to her work at CBI, Amy has served as the High Holiday Cantor at Temple Israel of Sharon, MA for the past seven years, leads tefillah at Tarbut v’Torah Upper School, has served as Rosh Performing Arts at Camp Ramah Ojai, regularly leads Shabbatonim at American Jewish University, and authors a blog titled “A Guide for the Prayerplexed.” Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Amy has worked to engage the local Orange County Jewish community through online weekday minyanim and by developing her video editing skills for virtual Torah services and community participation pieces. Amy lives in Irvine with her husband Arie and sons Ezra and Aaron.
Watch an interview with Amy below: