Our Clergy

 
 
 
OUR RABBI
 
 
RABBI AVIVA NEW
 
 
Rabbi Aviva Bass grew up in Coral Springs, Florida where she graduated from J.P. Taravella High School.  A classically-trained soprano, Rabbi Bass studied vocal performance at the University of Miami, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1992, obtaining her B.A. in Music degree with a double major in Judaic Studies. 
 

From 1993-2000, Rabbi Bass studied at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA, concurrently studying at Gratz College in Elkins Park, PA, completing this study in 1999 with an M.A. in Jewish Education degree, and in 2000 with rabbinic ordination and her M.A. in Hebrew Letters degree by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.  Rabbi Bass is a proud member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and is committed to enhancing unity and connectedness among Reform Jews; applying Jewish values to a contemporary life; and, creating a compelling and accessible Judaism for today and the future.

She has served congregations as a rabbi, Cantorial soloist, and educator, at various locations around the United States as well as in Australia and New Zealand.  She is the proud mother of twin sons, who are the light of her life and her inspiration.

OUR CANTORIAL SOLOIST

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Margaret Schmitt holds a BA in Music from Queens College, CUNY. She also studied at the Juilliard and Mannes Schools of Music in New York City, and at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She studied contemporary liturgical music at the RSCM in Carlisle, England, and has extensive experience in liturgical music. 

Miss Schmitt was soloist with Cantor Abraham Wolkin in New York City and Liberty, New York for 7 years. She has sung at Temple Israel, West Palm Beach and Temple Emanuel, Palm Beach. She became Cantorial Soloist at Temple Sinai in the
summer of 2007. 

Our Cantorial Soloist is involved in all aspects of religious services, directs both the Shabbat and Children’s Choirs, works with the Religious School students in preparation for their B’nai Mitzvah ceremonies, arranges Musical Shabbats and concerts, and frequently represents Temple Sinai at community events.