A Cantor of Temple Emanuel in Kensington, Maryland, a Reform Congregation just north of Washington D.C., Rosalie Boxt was invested from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College in 2001. Before that she worked for the URJ in NFTY Programs in Israel and as a NFTY and URJ Song leader. Originally from St. Louis, she attended the University of Pennsylvania as a Jewish Studies Major.
Rosalie is the Director of Worship for the URJ Biennial and on the URJ Faculty of Expert Practitioners, as well as on the Faculty of Hava Nashira, a song leading institute of the URJ. She consults with clergy and congregations on issues of worship and music. She is a Synagogue 3000 Fellow and is also a past Vice-President of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC). Through PresenTense, an incubator for young Jewish social entrepreneurs, she has launched a non-profit business called Kesher Shir; bringing together Jewish musicians from diverse backgrounds to study and to create meaningful music which will enrich worship and strengthen communities.
Her husband, Jason, is a Senior Vice President in Research Division of The Glover Park Group. The two met at the URJ Kutz Camp and have two daughters Tahlia and Arielle.
In the last three decades, Joy Katzen-Guthrie has served as a recording/concert artist, composer/lyricist, cantorial leader and writer/speaker/educator. She has devoted herself to uplifting through the arts with Jewish and popular music of all genres. A Memphis native living in the Tampa Bay Area since 1981, Joy melds a performance repertoire of some 4,000 songs with a vast knowledge of music and history in congregation, classroom, and concert hall. Joy has 14 published recordings. With BA (magna cum laude) and BFA (cum laude) in Broadcast Communications and Music from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, Joy served as Executive Producer and Operations Manager in news/talk radio before shifting to a second career in music.
Additionally, Joy has created and led seven Jewish heritage tours to China and Turkey and developed heritage tours to Argentina, Australia/New Zealand, Alaska and Cuba. She serves Congregation Beth Am, Tampa, as Cantorial Leader and is a long-time concert artist and instructor for Eckerd College, University of South Florida Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes and is a Road Scholar. With her husband Mark, she operates Tune-of-the-Century Music® recording studios and sound design services for broadcast facilities, artists, and congregations. She is a guest speaker, concert artist, and workshop facilitator, contributing writer to the Encylopedia Judaica, and her photographs have been published worldwide. Joy has received appointments to the Florida Artist Residency Directory and has been awarded two arts resource grants. Her official website is her own design and creation, Joyfulnoise.net. http://joyfulnoise.net
Her music is available on CD Baby and http://www.creatingcalmnetworkpublishinggroup.com/music-carrier-of-intention-authors/category/joy-katzenguthrie
A professional singer, multi award-winning recording artist, and educator, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh has shared her musical gifts on pulpits across North America since 1981. She has a degree in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Perhaps best known for her best-selling recordings for Jewish families, Shalom Yeladim has become a classic. Judy is the creator of the popular—My Jewish World music curriculum produced by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). She has also developed a way to teach prayer book Hebrew through sign language and music enabling learners to really understand what they are praying.
Judy is a certified sound healer and uses tuning forks, crystal bowls, vocal toning and aromatherapy in her healing practice. She is the founder and Executive Director of Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring innovative arts experiences into healthcare settings to assist with the healing process. In January, 2014, Judy received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute. To find out more about Judy and her work, please visit Judy Music.com and Arts and Healthcare.org
An award-winning composer whose music is sung by communities all over the world, Cantor Natalie Young has a gift for writing beautiful and memorable melodies. She has made prayer experiences accessible for worshippers young and old. The power of music is something she takes seriously not just in her writing of music, but in how she connects with people and crafts each service as a cantor. Sharing her musical gifts and teachings as a cantor/composer-in-residence throughout the year, Natalie proudly serves as the cantor at Temple Beth El in Aliso Viejo, California. She lives with her husband, Rabbi David Young, their three children: Gabriel, Alex, and Bella, and their puppy, Orion.
Natalie’s work can be found in Shirei Ha-T’fillot by the Movement for Reform Judaism, the Ruach Songbook, and the Shalshelet Festival Songbook. She has been commissioned to compose a piece for the upcoming Shirei Mishkan HaNefesh Anthology. Her songs have been featured at URJ Biennials, the Shalshelet Music Festival, Hava Nashira, American Conference of Cantors conventions, North American Jewish Choral Festival, HUC-DFSSM, and various concerts around the country. Many of her songs have been recorded by other artists and her own recording projects include the WRJ Centennial CD, Stacey Beyer’s Candle Blessing Project, Noam Katz’s Mirembe, The Soul Within, and Kol HaLev V’Kol HaNeshama. You can enjoy Natalie's two solo albums of original music; Carry Me and Natalie Young: Standing on the Shoulders at NatalieYoungMusic.com