Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Cantor Amy Daniels with the Doctor of Music at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. Cantor Daniels was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.
Cantor Daniels has served as Cantor of Temple Sha-arey Shalom in Springfield, NJ since 1988. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degree from Case Western Reserve Univesity and the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied modern dance and music education. She was invested as a Cantor from HUC-JIR’s School of Sacred Music in 1985, at which time there were less than thirty-five women cantors in the Reform Movement nationwide.
Cantor Daniels grew up in Cleveland, OH, where she credits her family’s pastime of singing Hebrew songs around the dinner table with planting her love of Jewish music. Cantor Daniels leads the Temple’s active Adult and Junior choirs, prepares students for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, teaches adult education and leads all musical aspects of the synagogue worship. Since 1997, Cantor Daniels has also served as the Director of Education for Temple Sha-arey Shalom Religious School.
Cantor Daniels has performed in numerous concerts of Jewish and cantorial music with the New Jersey Cantors’ Concert Ensemble, a group that promotes appreciation of Jewish music and raises money for scholarships for the training of future cantors.