Cantor Bryce Emily Megdal, a Tucson native, was ordained as a cantor on May 27, 2019 in Los Angeles by the Academy for Jewish Religion California. She will continue to work as a b’nai mitzvah teacher at Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Synagogue of the Pacific Palisades as well as teach at Valley Beth Shalom in Los Angeles, where she interned this past academic year. For the High Holy Days, she will be at Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland, Oregon, where she will lead parallel services to the main services with Rabbi Eve Posen. To glimpse Megdal in action, visit www.brycemegdal.com/videos.
Sarah Brewster, the granddaughter of Irwin and Norma Brewster of Tucson, was valedictorian of her 2019 class at Pequannock High School in New Jersey. She will attend Temple University majoring in music therapy on a full-tuition scholarship. Brewster also sings with HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir and works as a madricha (teacher’s aide) at the Temple Sholom of West Essex religious school.