Cantor Anna May

(She/Her/Hers)

Conservative

Cantor Anna May Headshot

Conversion requirements

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Required (Approved certification of the procedure is also acceptable.)

Mikvah:

Required (Mikvah at the Temple Israel Center, White Plains, N.Y.)

Beit din:

Required (Conservative rabbis and/or cantors)

Conversion location:

Westchester, N.Y., or surrounding areas

Mentoring sessions available in:

English

Student levels accepted:

Mitzvah, Chai, Scholarship

Conversion requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Required (No change)

Mikvah:

Required (No change)

Beit din:

Required (Virtual beit din via video conferencing is also acceptable.)

I am happy to work with

Families with children, People who identify as LGBTQ, People in interfaith or dual-faith relationships

Personal statement

I’m Cantor Anna May, and I’m excited to be working with Darshan Yeshiva to mentor people on their journey to becoming Jewish. I am originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., and currently live and work in Westchester. I graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2019, and after graduating, I spent a year working as a hospital chaplain.

I grew up the daughter of a classical pianist in an Interfaith household. As a kid, I attended a Reform synagogue, but in college, I learned more about other denominations and eventually felt more comfortable in the Conservative movement. Music has always been what connected me to Judaism the most, and I am particularly drawn to the liturgy, the psalms, Hebrew language and poetry, and chanting of sacred texts. I spent two years living in Jerusalem which also strongly shaped my relationship with Judaism.

Education

Jewish Theological Seminary – H.L. Miller Cantorial School
Smicha (Cantorial Ordination)
Master of Sacred Music