Cantor Rica Timman


2017 marks Cantor Rica Timman’s sixteenth year as Cantor of Temple Beth El.  Prior to this post she enjoyed twelve years of distinguished service to Temple Emanu-El of Lynbrook, New York.

With a warm soul and gentle voice, Cantor Timman guides the congregation in prayer, music, ritual and spiritual leadership. She directs the education of our B’nai Mitzvah and actively participates in the Religious School, the Nursery School, and the Temple University. One of the jewels of TBE is the awesome Rinat Beth El Junior Choir directed by Cantor Timman and featured at monthly family services. With Jim Rensink our Musical Director conducting at the keys, we are blessed that she is joined each year by the combined efforts of congregants and the finest professionals to form the High Holyday Choir, Musicians and Shofar Choir.

Unique to our congregation each month Cantor Timman, Rabbi Widzer and Jim Rensink bring us special musical services featuring the best instrumentalists in the Metropolitan area. At Guest Artist Shabbat Cantor Timman is joined by a guest musician from either the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Orchestra or St. Lukes Orchestra. Several times a year she leads TBE’s own fifteen musicians of the “Shabbat Unplugged Band” adding an exciting dimension to worship services.

A congregation that deeply celebrates its Jewish musical heritage, Cantor Timman has been instrumental in bringing to Temple Beth El musical scholars and guest performers such as Peri Smilow, Julie Silver, Rick Recht, Doug Cotler, Cantors Richard Botton and Bruce Benson, the Yale Jewish Glee Club “Magevet”, the Dave Carey Band and Klezmer/Jazz artists Marty Laskin, Joe Deninzon, Stanley Schwartz and members of Metropolitan Klezmer.

In addition to her busy schedule at Beth El and in the New York area, Cantor Timman appears throughout the East Coast as a lecturer and performer of cantorial, classical and Broadway literatures. She has been a guest soloist at the Tanglewood, Bowdoin and Gamper Music Festivals and has performed with the Chicago, Boston, and London Symphony Orchestras, appearing on National Public Radio and Chicago’s Classical Radio WFMT. In 2005 she made her Lincoln Center debut as the soloist in the New York debut of Charles Osborne’s oratorio “Kings and Fishermen” featuring Theodore Bikel, Matthew Lazar, the Zamir Chorale and St. Lukes Orchestra.

Cantor Timman is a past president and serves on the board of the Women Cantors’ Network, an international organization of over 300 cantors. A member of the American Conference of Cantors, she has served as a Co-Chairperson of the ACC/GTM convention. She has been an active member of various URJ Synagogue Music committees and served as the Treasurer and Executive Officer of the Association of Rabbis and Cantors, which is the Alumni Association of The Academy for Jewish Religion. She is a member of the American Society of Jewish Music and Kol Hazzanim of Westchester and the Northern Valley Interfaith Clergy Association.

Ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York, Cantor Timman holds a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.

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