Lianna Mendelson is beyond thrilled to be joining Temple Shalom for her second year as student cantor! She is at Temple Shalom approximately two weekends a month, as well as for the High Holy Days. At Temple Shalom, Lianna leads Friday night and Saturday morning worship services, as well as Torah study, and officiates at life-cycle events. She also participates in religious school on Sunday mornings, and has taught Lunch and Learn.
Lianna is in her fourth year of study at HUC-JIR in New York, where she anticipates being ordained as cantor in 2021. Lianna is originally from Rochester, NY, where she graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Music and a minor in Hebrew. She also spent a semester at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a member of the inaugural cohort of the Weitzman-JDC Fellowship for Global Jewish Leaders, and is additionally pursuing a Master’s Concentration in Israel Education through the iFellows program at the iCenter. Lianna lives in Brooklyn, where she tutors b’nei mitzvah students at Congregation Beth Elohim. She is always looking for suggestions of museums and vegan food in DC.