Barbara Powell, Beth Jacob’s Cantor since July, 2007, leads services, teaches music and tefillah to adults, as well as in the Religious School. She coordinates lay service leaders and Torah/Haftarah/Megillah readers, with an eye on making the services accessible, and participatory. Prior to CBJ, Barbara taught and led services at congregations in Northern California and the East Coast, taught music privately and at San Francisco public schools, and did extensive social service work. Her singing career spans many genres, from jazz to liturgical. Barbara, who is currently working toward cantorial ordination, holds a BA in community studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, studied in Israel, and grew up on the Peninsula.
Cantor Barbara Powell