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Guest Cantor Laura Breznick

Cantor Laura Breznick Cantor Laura Breznick is thrilled to join the Temple Sholom family. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, she was very active in NFTY, spending five summers as a camper and two years on staff at URJ Camp Harlam. Upon her graduation from high school, Cantor Laura continued her education at the Hartt School of Music and the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, where she received her BM in Vocal Performance with a minor in Judaic Studies in 2009.

Before entering cantorial school at Hebrew Union College, Cantor Laura was very active in the New York City choral scene as a member of the Dessoff Choirs, with performances ranging from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor at Lincoln Center to singing backup for the Kinks' Ray Davies at Town Hall, and on The Late Show with David Letterman.

During her first year of cantorial studies in Jerusalem, Cantor Laura had the privilege of traveling to Belarus as part of the FSU Passover Project where she co-led four seders in two days and performed as a soloist at the International Jewish Music Festival in Minsk. She also was involved as a volunteer for KEEP, an English tutoring program in Jerusalem that seeks to help underprivileged Israeli and Palestinian children.

Upon her return to the United States, Cantor Laura served as student cantor at Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, VA; Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold, MD; and Temple Beth-El in Jersey City, NJ. In addition to her congregational work, she also completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at NYU Langone Medical Center, working with patients in the women's surgical and pediatric units. She is also an ongoing Skype tutor at Community Synagogue of Rye, working with B'nai Mitzvah students in preparation for their special day.

Cantor Laura kicked off her professional clergy career this summer pretty much where her Jewish journey began - at camp, serving on faculty at URJ Crane Lake Camp. This year, in addition to serving as cantor at Temple Sholom, she will be a full-time chaplain resident at Bridgeport Hospital.

Cantor Laura is very excited to be back in Connecticut, along with her fiancÚ, Rabbi Stefan Tiwy, who is serving as rabbi at the United Jewish Center in Danbury.

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