ALBANY–Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany recently welcomed Sharon Kohn to its staff to serve as the congregation’s interim cantor for the upcoming year. The congregation will welcome Cantor Kohn through a ‘live stream’ at the Shabbat service on Friday, July 17, at 5:30 p.m. The following morning, she will lead Torah study at 9:30 a.m. A ‘Drive-by’ Shabbat Shalom outside the temple will follow from 11:30 – noon enabling congregants to greet Cantor Kohn from their cars. Beth Emeth will also host three meetings this summer to meet the cantor: Thursday, July 30 with The Renaissance Group; Tuesday, Aug. 4 with sisterhood and Wednesday, Aug. 19 with brotherhood, all scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Kohn reports that she plans to share her joy in being Jewish through music, prayer, learning, and listening and is looking forward to finding creative ways to meet and get to know the families who call Beth Emeth home.
“Cantor Kohn’s longstanding respect and admiration within the Reform cantorate will truly bring a richness of musical talent, skills and experience to our congregational family,” said Beth Emeth’s Rabbi Scott Shpeen.
Kohn said she plans to strive to continue outgoing Cantor Jodi Schechtman’s legacy of joy. “Beth Emeth is such a vibrant and active congregation and I am humbled and proud to follow in the footsteps of Cantors Jodi Schechtman and Glenn Groper,” Kohn said.
Kohn earned her ordination and master’s degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. She is a member of the American Conference of Cantors [ACC]. She has served full-time in congregations in Texas, Ohio, and Kansas and as an interim cantor in Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, and New Jersey.
Kohn has served congregations in many states, she and her husband Rick Simon call Kansas City, Kansas their permanent home.
Kohn spent her childhood in central Illinois, dividing her time between Moses Montefiore Temple and any theatre or music production that she could find. She studied music theatre at Illinois Wesleyan University and received a bachelor’s degree of music from Illinois State University while also tutoring b’nei mitzvah students and singing in, and ultimately leading, High Holiday choirs.