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Cantor & Religious School Director
Michelle Rubin

Phone: (845)-357-2430 Extension 403
Cantor Michelle Rubin is Montebello Jewish Center’s Cantor and Religious School Director. She was invested by the Jewish Theological Seminary’s H.L. Miller Cantorial School, from which she received a Master of Sacred Music and a Diploma of Hazzan in 1999. She was the first recipient of the Richard W. Briskin Cantor-in-Residence Award.
Cantor Rubin, who is originally from suburban Philadelphia, did not grow up in a religiously observant home. Rather, she learned much about Judaism as a young adult. She believes that learning later in life has made her appreciate the learning process and has enabled her to connect to people with limited exposure to Judaism as well as to those who are more learned.
Before joining the staff at MJC, Cantor Rubin served as cantor for nine years at Temple Israel in Ridgewood, NJ. She is the past president of the JTS Cantorial School Alumni Association. She has recently served on the Cantors Assembly (CA) Executive Council, is a member of the CA's Education Committee and has served as chair of the Dor L'dorprogram, a mentoring program for cantorial students. Cantor Rubin was a long time member of the New Jersey Cantors Concert Ensemble, for which she has served as Secretary, Education Chair, and Vice-chair.
Prior to her cantorial studies, Cantor Rubin worked in a variety of Jewish settings as a teacher. She received a Bachelor of Music in Opera from the Hartt School of Music. She earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory.
Cantor Rubin is married to Jeffrey Gross and has twin daughters, Erica and Kara Freedman and step children, Mitchell and Abby Gross.
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