We are proud to announce that Jessi Roemer is the new Cantor at Society Hill Synagogue.
Well known to our congregation, Jessi has led engaging and interactive children’s and family services at SHS for many years. She has extensive experience in Jewish music education and has performed, taught workshops, and led prayer services throughout the United States and in Israel; her original compositions have been featured in many of these settings.
Jessi grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, surrounded by her mother’s Yiddish, Hebrew, and American folk music; cantorial melodies; and the bluegrass-klezmer music of the Fabrangen Fiddlers. Jessi’s musical style reflects her roots, studies, and travels––which include having spent the 1990s living in Jerusalem. She served as a cantorial soloist at Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir in Rittenhouse Square and as a prayer leader at Congregation Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia. Jessi received her ordination from the ALEPH Cantorial Program in January 2017.
Jessi is also well known in the Philadelphia area as the director of Ezuz, an ensemble of multi-talented musicians who play Jewish world music featuring lyrics in Hebrew, English, Yiddish, Arabic, and Ladino.
On behalf of Rabbi Avi Winokur, Executive Director Betty van de Rijn, the SHS Board of Directors, SHS staff, and members of the congregation, we extend a hearty mazel tov to Hazzan Jessi, as we officially welcome her to the SHS family.
Please join us in the SHS sanctuary for Shabbat services on Saturdays at 10 AM to experience the beauty, musicality, and spirituality that Hazzan Jessi brings to the bimah.