Hazzan Risa Wallach, M.S.W., was ordained and received her Masters in Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Newton, MA. She serves as Cantor at Congregation B’nai Shalom in Walnut Creek, CA and lives with her spouse in Oakland, CA.
By Risa Wallach
What It’s Like To Be A Queer Female Cantor
When you hear the word ‘Cantor’ or the Hebrew word chazzan, the image in your mind might be a man in a miter or top hat, wearing a tallit (prayer shawl), with a beard, or perhaps the iconic Yossele Rosenblatt, the famous tenor from the Golden Age of Cantors, or a clean-shaven Israeli man in…
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