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Shiree Kidron

Lead cantor
Bet Shira Congregation
Miami
Age: 37
Nominated by: Herself
Song: “Lu Yehi,” Naomi Shemer

I grew up in Israel, where most music was Jewish music, so it naturally resonates deep within me. My love for Jewish music is at my core, and the desire to share my passion fueled my decision to train and work as a cantor.

My song, “Lu Yehi” (“May It Be”), carries a message of a personal prayer and holds positive hopes for our future. Music has always been my inner muse. Songs can inspire intimate connectionS, or create a sense of healing and community. Traditional songs and liturgy deepen our rituals and lift the spirits of listeners and participants. Whether chanting a prayer, singing a Yiddish lullaby or leading a familiar Israeli song, I aspire to connect with each listener, allowing the music in our hearts to be in perfect harmony. — Shiree Kidron

INFLUENCES: I have always drawn inspiration from Cantor Faith Steinsnyder, a true mentor to me. Great Israeli artists like Ofra Haza, Achinoam Nini and Idan Raichel also inspire me. They all found their own ways to infuse Jewish music and prayer with exciting elements from their Yemenite or Ethiopian heritages, building a bridge between diverse cultures and bringing people together in a greater appreciation of Jewish music.

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