Tamar Heather Havilio, Cantor

Contact Information

Head of Cantorial Studies, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music

HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

Program/School: 
Year-In-Israel Program, Jerusalem; Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, New York
Academic Field: 
Sacred music

Cantor Tamar Heather Havilio is Head of Cantorial Studies and also serves as the Jerusalem Campus Senior Cantor at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, Israel.  She is in her eleventh year teaching and leading Prayer Workshops in the Year in Israel Program and the Israeli Rabbinic Program where she teaches all future Rabbis, Cantors, and Jewish Educators in North America, Europe, and Israel. 

She also holds an MA degree in Performance Studies from New York University and a Master's in Sacred Music and Cantorial Investiture from Hebrew Union College in NYC.  Tamar is building a new way of teaching prayer called “Trom-T’fillah” or Pre-Prayer in order to change the often mimetic way of past and current methods of teaching and learning prayer. With this she is developing a new pedagogy of the prayer leader called, “The Praying Body."  She is working with Professor Richard Schechner of NYU in order to transform his workshop of the body in slow motion in time and space into a Praying Body Workshop.