Cantor Irena Altshul serves as the first invested Cantor at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, Virginia.
- Jewish Liturgical Song
- Reston, VA
Cantor Irena Altshul serves as the first invested Cantor at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, Virginia. A cantor is a singer who assists the Rabbi with prayer in the Jewish Synagogue tradition. Cantor Alsschul was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She spent her formative years in Israel and came to New York City as a graduate college student. There she was drawn into synagogue life through her love of Jewish music. Since her cantorial investiture in 2003, Cantor Altshul has served on the clergy team of Temple Israel of the City of New York. A trained mezzo-soprano, her performance experiences have included appearances with the Russian Chamber Choir, the New York Brooklyn College Opera Theater, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Israel, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel, and the Tel-Aviv Philharmonic Choir, Israel. Cantor Altshul was also twice invited to sing at The President’s Residence in Jerusalem