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Cantor Jodi Schechtman is the Cantor of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany, NY, the fourth oldest Reform congregation in the country. Prior to taking that position, she was the Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth Am in Massachusetts, having taken the position as Cantor there immediately following her ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in 1988.
Cantor Schechtman has been a member of the Executive Board of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) for 16 years, having served on the Personnel Committee, as well as chairing the Membership Committee and the Joint Cantorial Placement Commission (JCPC). In the New England area, Cantor Schechtman was the first cantor to serve on the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM), was a member of the New England Board of Cantors (NEBC) and was the liaison between the ACC and the Northeast Council of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).
A passionate supporter of the cantorate, Cantor Schechtman was appointed Director of Organizational Partnerships of the American Conference of Cantors in 2008 and in that capacity, she represents the ACC as it interacts with the URJ, the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis) and HUC-JIR, as well as with NFTY, ARJE, ECE and other affiliates of the movement.
When she is not working in her congregation or for the ACC, Cantor Schechtman is spending time with her husband, Gene, their (amazing) daughter, Madison, their dog, Bon Jovi and their cat, Oliver.