Cantor Alane S. Katzew

Cantor Alane S. Katzew


Cantor Alane S. Katzew will be the featured performer at Northern Hills Synagogue’s monthly HaZaK luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 18. 

Her program, “Bringing Musical Light into the Darkest Nights of the Year,” will include popular Chanukah and other Jewish-themed songs – mostly in English. Since the Winter Solstice is Dec. 21, the title is especially befitting. 

Cantor Katzew’s voice is beautiful and her performances engage the audience and make for a lively program. Using music to uplift and bring light into people’s lives has certainly been part of her mission. She will be accompanied on the piano by Claire Lee.

The program begins with lunch at noon and is followed by the performance. Bobbi Handwerger, co-chair of Northern Hills Synagogue HaZaK, said, “The lunch and program are free and open to the public. However, donations are appreciated and reservations are required.” Please call the Northern Hills Synagogue office to make a reservation.

Cantor Katzew is the director of pastoral at Cedar Village Care and Community. 

“My objective is to serve as a vessel for holding and supporting the life journeys of other human beings through chaplaincy and spiritual guidance,” she said.

In this capacity, she serves as the spiritual leader of the Abrahamson-Goldman Temple, as well as a board certified chaplain to all residents of Cedar Village.

Katzew is a mentor to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Rabbinic students who serve Cedar Village, learning about pastoral care, through its Jewish Foundation Fellowship program.  

The Music and Memory program which she introduced at Cedar Village in 2015 serves as a nexus of music and elder care for Cantor Katzew. By creating personalized mini-iPods for residents with memory loss, this spiritual/emotional health tool makes it possible to reach the emotional center of patients who suffer from dementia and restore memories that are otherwise lost.  

Ordained at the HUC-JIR in New York in 1981, Cantor Katzew has been a pioneer among women cantors. The first female to serve as cantor in the State of Israel and on the faculty at the Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR, she has witnessed the historic transformation of modern Judaism during her nearly four decades as a cantor. During her career, she has introduced seniors, adults and young people to Jewish sacred music, as part of her lifelong commitment to Judaism, community service and social justice.

Lee is a graduate of University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music with a Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying. She is a free-lance accompanist and entertainer and accompanies the Broadway series of student concerts at HUC-JIR, where for many years she was the organist. Lee plays flute in the UC Community Summer Band and the New Horizons Band, and keyboards for the New Horizons Dixieland Band and the Queen City Klezmorim. At Northern Hills Synagogue she directs the High Holiday choir and is a member of the Kabbalat Shabbat instrumental ensemble.

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