Cantor Erica Lippitz
In 1987 the JTS invested two women as cantors for the first time in the history of the Conservative movement; Cantor Erica Lippitz was one of those first two. Her love of Hebrew and song began with a high school student exchange program in Israel, which she followed with a degree in music from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University. As a member of the folk-singing group "Beged Kefet," she has recorded three albums and has served as back-up vocalist for other Jewish performers. Ever since she was hired by Oheb Shalom in 1987, Cantor Lippitz has woven together the strands of traditional prayer with the innovative sounds of American Jewish music.
Cantor Lippitz is the founder and director of the 50-voice Kol Dodi Jewish community choir, as well as director of Oheb Shalom's adult and children's choirs. Married to Rabbi John S. Schechter, she is the mother of three adult children.
At Oheb Shalom you'll find people who have mastered Jewish prayer sitting side by side with those who are just discovering its meaning and joy. Song is our common language. Our cantor seeks to make Shabbat and Festival services into opportunities to celebrate our values, to share life cycle events and to build the sense of extended community that is essential to the "Oheb Shalom Family." Just walk through the door of our sanctuary and you'll feel the spirit.
The music and rituals of our people tell our story in deep and powerful ways. Every year, new congregants master the ancient art of chanting the Torah and come up proudly to the bimah. The Oheb Shalom Chorale creates inspiring moments at our High Holy Day services and at special musical services throughout the year. Generations of children have come through our Youth Choir, brimming with enthusiasm. That's the sense of self-worth and love that our Cantor wants people to feel in the synagogue.
Learning and growing together creates community. Sharing joys and strengthening one another in difficult times creates bonds that only deepen with time. Oheb Shalom has been singing and building community for over 150 years. Welcome to the family.