Cantor Alisa Forman
comes to us from Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ where she served as their Associate Cantor.
She is a graduate of Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Sacred Music where she received a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music and investiture as a cantor. As a student at HUC-JIR, she served as a student cantor in synagogues in NY, Georgia, South Carolina and Maryland. Her cantorial thesis explored contrafact music as a means of Jewish spiritual survival especially during the Holocaust era and includes an original curriculum for teaching about the Holocaust through the study and performance of this particular musical genre.
Cantor Forman grew up in Norfolk, VA and graduated from the University of VA where she studied philosophy and religion and pursued the study of voice, cello and acting. Upon graduation, she spent a year volunteering in Israel. She continued her education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she received a Master’s Degree in Teaching, and then taught in the NYC Public Schools specializing in the teaching of English as a second language.
Some of her interests include Shakespeare, musical theater, playing chamber music, Yiddish (language, song and theater), Israeli folk-dancing, opera, playing cello, piano and guitar, and her two newest musical endeavors – learning to play the recorder and the performance and teaching of music to babies and toddlers.
Cantor Forman brings vibrant energy and enthusiasm to our Temple that everyone enjoys!