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Cantor Erin R. Frankel joined the clergy team of Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia in 2012. She was ordained by the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003. She served Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois as a full-time cantor, Beth Shalom Synagogue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the High Holy Days, and Brooklyn Heights Synagogue in Brooklyn, NY as a student cantor before moving to Philadelphia.
Cantor Frankel is a native of Newton, Massachusetts and a graduate of Columbia University. While in college she also studied at the University of Bristol in England. She is fortunate to have lived in multiple cities around the United States and around the world and to have experienced Jewish life in many diverse communities.
She is privileged to participate in all aspects of synagogue life at Rodeph Shalom: worship, adult and youth education, pastoral care, and visioning. She is most proud of three initiatives she has created in her time at RS. First, Ani Kinor:The RS Orchestra, a "mini-orchestra" of seven pieces including strings, enlivens our Shabbat service twice a month, providing a lush musical foundation from which our prayers can soar. Additionally, each year the RS Youth Theater, in partnership with the MacGuffin Theater and Film Company in Philadelphia, stages an original musical based on Jewish texts. Thirty of our congregation's children rehearse for weeks to bring the production to life and Jewish theater to the stage. And most recently she has collaborated with liturgist Alden Solovy and local musician AJ Luca to compose original lyrics and music. You can find YouTube videos of two of their High Holy Day pieces, "Creation Sings" and "So My Soul May Sing."
Cantor Frankel currently serves on the Officer Team of the American Conference of Cantors and was the co-chair of the 2016 ACC/GTM Convention held in Philadelphia. She lives in Center City with her husband David and daughters Sivan and Meital.