Cantor Rayna Green has been serving as cantor at BJBE since July 2015. A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Cantor Green spent her summers in California at URJ Camp Swig. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon in 2003. While in college, she directed Camp Sholom in Anchorage, and led worship at the University of Oregon Hillel.
Before attending cantorial school, Cantor Green served for seven years at Temple Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon as preschool teacher, senior and junior youth group advisor, song leader for the Sunday School and Tot Shabbat services, as well as a member of Beth Israel's house band, Def Schlepper. Rayna helped found Beth Israel's 20s and 30s group, offering an alternative prayer service. In addition, she was a song leader at Camp Newman in California and was the inaugural head song leader at Camp Kalsman in Washington.
Cantor Green was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2015. As a student, she gained vast experience in many different Jewish settings including Tzur Hadassah in Israel, Central Synagogue in Manhattan, Port Jewish Center in Port Washington, NY, and Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. She was a Chaplain Intern at The Jewish Home Lifecare of Manhattan. These opportunities gave her a wide range of knowledge in teaching, leading prayer and life cycle ceremonies, synagogue life and pastoral care.
As a student she received many honors, including the prestigious Tisch Fellowship directed and taught by scholar Rabbi Larry Hoffman.
Cantor Green lives in Deerfield, IL with her husband, Eli Green, and dog Tsuki.
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