After an extensive national search, Congregation Anshei Israel has appointed Nichole Chorny as cantorial soloist. Chorny will be responsible for conducting congregational services and will coordinate and/or conduct life-cycle events and the B’nai Mitzvah program, in collaboration with Rabbi Robert Eisen. She will also develop and coordinate educational programs and worship services for CAI’s religious school, youth and young families.
A graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.M. in music education, Chorny has taught general music and choir to children K-12 in public schools and has performed as a cantorial soloist at other local synagogues and Jewish agencies. She has been involved at CAI since becoming a Bat Mitzvah and has worked there since 2006 as a religious school teacher, B’nai Mitzvah program teacher and soloist at services. She will continue as the tefillah (prayer) and music teacher in CAI’s religious school and as director of the synagogue’s adult and children’s choirs. She is the 2012 recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt national award for “Excellence in Jewish Education.”