Prior to becoming the Cantor at Temple Beth El, Lori Shapiro served as Cantorial Soloist since 1997 and was a member of our congregation since 1991. Lori is passionate about vibrant and spiritual Jewish music and has worked to transform Temple Beth El’s music program and worship. She created Shir Ruach, Temple Beth El’s teen song-leaders program and is the force behind our innovative Shabbat experiences like “Chanukah Under the Stars” at Mizner Park. In addition to producing Temple Beth El’s extraordinary concert and musical programs, Lori also has introduced a new curriculum for our religious school’s Kehilah worship workshop.
Lori is a graduate of the Cantorial Certification Program at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she earned the title of Cantor in 2016. She is a member of the American Conference of Cantors and has led services at their national convention. Lori has also presented on Visual Tefilah at the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial convention, and has served on the faculty of URJ Kutz Teen Leadership Camp and URJ Camp Coleman.
Prior to her work at Temple Beth El, Lori enjoyed a successful career in theater, film and commercials and is a member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actors Guild. She is the proud of mother of Lizzie, a filmmaker and graduate of New York University, and Adam, a student at the University of Pennsylvania..