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Cantor Barbara Haimowitz

Cantor Barbara Haimowitz is the Cantor and Religious School Director at Congregation B’nai Jacob.

Originally from The Netherlands, her upbringing was filled with music and tradition. At age six, she started playing flute and piano. By the age of 18, she performed in a local Jewish band at weddings and parties. She continues to perform both on and off the bimah. In addition to playing classical and jazz piano, she is also proficient in guitar and various recorder flutes.

Barbara moved to the United States in 1991 to pursue her PhD in Experimental Psychology at Tufts University. Shortly thereafter, she started reading Torah and leading services at Harvard University Hillel's Egalitarian Conservative Minyan. As a psychologist, she focused on clinical and pastoral care and worked for many year in pharmaceutical and biotech market research and strategic planning.

The Cantor is a 2015 graduate of the CICA (Cantorial Internship) Program of the Cantors Assembly, from which she received her investiture. During her Cantorial training, Cantor Barbara completed most of her apprenticeship at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale and at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale's Women's Tefillah. Since becoming invested as a Cantor, she has served numerous congregations in the New York/New Jersey area as Shabbat and holiday Hazzan, religious school teacher, and b’nai mitzvah tutor. In addition, she has served as Shabbat Educator and resident Hazzan at Hudson Pointe Nursing Home where she also led shiva minyanim and visited with hospice patients. Cantor Barbara just completed a three-year term as a Member of the Cantors Assembly Executive Council and served as the New York Metro area Cantors Assembly liaison.

Cantor Barbara and her husband, Ira, have three college-aged children: Nathan (age 20, UW-Madison) and Eva and Deborah (twins, age 18, University of Pittsburgh and Brandeis University). They are currently living in the Westville section of New Haven.

Sun, June 13 2021 3 Tammuz 5781