In 2003, while singing for the High Holy Days in South Florida, she met Yaniv, who would become her husband. Since then, Michelle has successfully worked as a Cantorial Soloist throughout South Florida. She continues to perform concerts throughout the United States and to teach voice at Florida International University and a private voice studio in Boca Raton.
In 2007, Michelle delved into the world of composing, and produced and performed on her first CD entitled “The Music in Me,” also featuring Cantor Benjamin Warschawski. In 2010, Michelle was recognized by “Shalshelet,” the Foundation for New Jewish Music, for two of her original compositions. Her pieces are also published in Transcontinental Publishing’s “Shabbat Anthologies.”
Here at Temple Beth El, Michelle has designed the music program for the Early Learning Center, and conducts Tot Shabbat. Michelle directs Shir Shalom, our adult volunteer choir, as well as Shir Joy, our youth choir, as they lead our regular Shabbat Family Participation Services. Michelle also works to engage adults with their musical talents, to participate in services or other Temple events.
Recently, Michelle has taught workshops in vocal technique and modern liturgical music at the North American Jewish Choral Festival: the premiere Jewish choral event which brings together singers and choirs from across North America and beyond. She was also recently chosen to lead services in front of 200 other cantors and musicians at the annual American Conference of Cantors-Guild of Temple Musicians conference.
In addition to her devotion to Temple work, she also serves as the coordinator of the Music and T’fillah programs at Donna Klein Jewish Academy, as well as the Musical Conductor for Hazamir Boca, the International Jewish High School Choral Foundation.
Michelle lives happily in Boca Raton, with her husband and two beautiful children, Eliana and Liora.