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Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer is originally from Long Island, New York and has lived in South Florida, Boston and London prior to settling in Central Florida. She received her B.A. degree from Emerson College in Boston and vocal training at the New England Conservatory of Music and Stetson University.
Since 2002, Cantor Jacki has served Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando as co-clergy with rabbinic colleague Rabbi Steven W. Engel. She strives to combine her two greatest passions, Judaism and music to create a vibrant and warm worship experience for all members of the CRJ congregational family. She completed the cantorial certification program through Hebrew Union College/School of Sacred Music in 2007. Cantor Jacki is a member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) and was recently appointed to serve on its Executive Board. She is a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians, the Florida Association of Cantors, Associates and Soloists (FOCAS), and the Women Cantors’ Network. She serves as the ACC representative on the URJ-CCAR Commission on Outreach and Membership and is a member of Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and the Community Council on Spirituality and Aging. During the next two years Cantor Jacki will be studying with Rabbi Shefa Gold as a participant in the Chant Leader’s Professional Development Program : Kol Zimra in Albuquerque, NM.
Cantor Jacki has received pastoral training though ORMC’s Chaplaincy training program and has participated in numerous community programs, concerts and events locally and nationally, and has traveled to assist clergy at Kehilat Har El in Jerusalem, Israel.
She feels very strongly about the importance of Jewish musical and arts education for both adults and young people and strives to develop new ways to approach our rich and diverse cultural heritage with all members of the community. She is proud to have developed programs at CRJ that offer opportunities for congregants of all ages to explore their creative passions in a Jewish setting including the Temple Choir, Kol Tikvah (Voice of Hope) Junior and Youth Choirs, The Shirim Ensemble, and the new Jewish Theatre Collective.
Her love of lifelong Jewish learning and spiritual development is evident through educational programs, particularly connected with her work in the B’nai Mitzvah and Adult B’nai Mitzvah programs at Congregation of Reform Judaism. In 2005, Cantor Jacki produced the temple’s first congregational CD, Kol HaAm, a project which involved approximately forty congregants of all ages.