Cantor Nitza Shamah

Cantor Nitza believes Shabbat should be a multi-generational experience filled with music.  Reflecting both Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions, she tries to create a balance of traditional and contemporary settings.  She encourages adults and children to explore creative musical modes of worship.  Through special musical programs and concerts featuring talented instrumentalists, Cantor Nitza helps enhance our worship at Temple Sinai.

With Cantor Nitza’s input, music is as an important part of our Religious School, our Early Childhood Center and our Adult Education curriculum. Our students learn to chant prayers in Hebrew. Our B’nei Mitzvah students participate in classroom and individual sessions filled with uplifting tunes and joyful spirit.

After graduating from Hebrew Union College in New York City and from the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, Cantor Nitza began her professional career here at Temple Sinai. “It continues to be my great privilege to be part of Temple Sinai,” Cantor Nitza says. “In this loving Temple home, devoted members, caring friends and committed colleagues have inspired me to grow spiritually and professionally for the past twenty years. I am deeply grateful for that. Together we have created a wonderful sanctuary of Torah and community.”

Along with her husband Isaac, Cantor Nitza resides in Nyack, NY with her two daughters.