On behalf of the Worship/Ritual Committee and the Cantor Search Group, I would like to introduce and welcome Cantor Linda Rich to the Beth Shalom Congregational community and to Baton Rouge to join with our Rabbi Natan in co-leading our High Holy Days worship. She and her husband, Phillip Freed, will be traveling from Van Nuys, California and will be with us through the entire Ten Days of Awe.
Cantor Rich’s professional philosophy can be summarized in her statement,
“It has always been my goal to follow in the footsteps of my father, the late Hazzan Israel Reich, in creating a ‘singing congregation’ wherever I have served. I believe in being a team player and working alongside the Rabbi and lay leaders in teaching and inspiring congregations of all ages to be able to lead the prayers of our People so that they may become leaders themselves, thus passing down our rich musical heritage ‘L’dor vador’ from generation to generation.”
Cantor Rich along with her two brothers represent the fifth generation of Cantors in her family. Her daughter, Rachel, also a trained vocal performer, is preparing to become the sixth generation. Cantor Rich has the distinction of being the first female Cantor in the Conservative Movement and subsequently received her ordination by the Jewish Theological Serminary in 1996. She has served as a Bima Cantor/Hazzan in congregations on both the East and West coasts.
Linda Rich has a B.A. in music and theater arts from Cal State San Francisco. There she studied voice and piano. She is also a guitarist. She later studied acting at the American Conservatory of Theatre also in San Francisco, and continued her studies in musical theater and dance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Please extend our famously warm Beth Shalom welcome and hospitality to Cantor Rich and her husband during their visit with us.