Cantor Elana Rozenfeld
Cantor Elana Rozenfeld was raised in Scarsdale, New York and received a primary Jewish education at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. During Shabbat services at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, Elana listened intently to the sweet sounds of chazzanut chanted by Cantor Jacob Mendelson, who, unsuspecting, planted the seed that blossomed into her cantorial career. In 2004, Elana recieved her BFA in theatre at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In her senior year, she decided to follow her childhood dream to become a cantor, and enrolled in the Jewish Theological Seminary. There she spent her first year in Israel where she began her studies and developed fluency in Hebrew. As a student at JTS, Elana served as part-time cantor of Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim in Cranford New Jersey for three years. Upon graduation in 2009, she moved to Manhattan's Upper East Side to serve as cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue for two years, and in November of 2009, married her husband, Raphael Rozenfeld. During her years of study and throughout the beginning of her cantorial career, Elana developed a passion for the Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino languages, particularly as they are used in Jewish music to express the emotional and spiritual complexity of our people. Elana has been the cantor of Congregation Shirat Hayam since July of 2011 and has loved every minute of it!