Divas on the Bimah


The Jacksonville Jewish Center is pleased to announce its Spring concert entitled, “Divas on the Bima.” The performance shares the stories of four of the world’s most renowned cantors. We will journey from Nashville to Eastern Europe to Israel to Broadway, hearing every musical genre from Israeli folk to opera.

Taking place as the culminating piece of our Sisterhood Shabbaton, the concert begins on Sunday evening April 29 at 7PM. This event is FREE and open to the public. To order tickets visit divasjax.eventbrite.com

About our performers:

HAZZAN ALISA POMERANTZ-BORO grew up on Mercer Island, Washington, in a rabbinic home, instilled with a love of Judaism and music. From an early age, she knew she would continue the long family line of rabbis, cantors and educators. Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro was invested as a Hazzan and earned her degree in Sacred Jewish Music from the Cantors Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she was awarded the Jacobson Memorial Prize in Hazzanut. She also holds a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies and Music from the University of Washington.

Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro is delighted to be serving as the Cantor of the magnificent Congregation Beth El in Voorhees, NJ since 2004. While in Cantorial school, she held the position of Assistant Cantor at New York’s prestigious Park Avenue Synagogue. Following her investiture, she was the Hazzan at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Diego, CA for 13 years. In May 1991, Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro was among the first 14 women to be inducted into the Cantors Assembly, the professional organization of Conservative Cantors and is the International President.

Recently, Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro was honored to perform in front of a standing room only audience at the Museum of Tolerance in Vilna at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania, and in Germany at the famed Konzerthaus Berlin. She was featured in a nationally televised ABC special, “At Evening I Seek You”, and on the Showtime documentary, “An American Tapestry." She has appeared with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony at the Disney Concert Hall, as well as with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in San Diego, premiering her composition "Modim -We Give Thanks" which appears on her solo CD of the same name. After one concert performance, The Washington Post reported, “The evening’s finest moment came in the powerful chanting of the prayer Modim by Cantor Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, whose voice has all the earthiness and intensity of the finest folk singers.” She is thrilled to have released her second CD, "Together As One", duets of praise and inspiration. Several of her recordings have been selected for the highly regarded "Spirit of....." CD series of Conservative Jewish Hazzanim. Alisa was thrilled to be the recipient of the 2011 Hiddur Mitzvah Award presented by Masorti Olami/World Council of Conservative Synagogues to pillars of leadership in the Conservative Movement.

CANTOR JEN COHEN grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, and earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies, Magna Cum Laude, from Yale University. She then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and toured the U.S. playing universities and clubs, recording two CDs, and earning nominations for Campus Entertainer of the Year three years running. With a love of Jewish music and transformative experiences in volunteer and interfaith work while in Nashville, she entered the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where she explored the intersection of her pop music background and the traditional melodies of the synagogue. Upon investiture as a cantor in 2009, Cantor Cohen was proud to receive the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism Kol Isha Award, and in February 2010, she was named to Chancellor Arnold Eisen’s task force to restructure the cantorial school at JTS. She has served proudly on the Executive Council of the Cantors Assembly. She is thrilled to call Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, NJ, her home and enjoys travel, live music and comedy, design and photography, and her rescue chihuahua and internet-famous muse, Biscuit



MAGDA FISHMAN (mezzo-soprano) is a Cantor, singer-musician, who is building a large and loving following among a wide spectrum of audiences.

She performs a unique blend of traditional and contemporary styles. Her repertoire includes Israeli songs, jazz, liturgical masterpieces, musical theater and her own compositions.

Magda served in the Israeli Army Orchestra as vocal soloist and trumpet player. She has performed extensively in Israel, Europe, and throughout the United States and Canada. She came to the United States as part of the Tel-Aviv Broadway Musical Theater Project and is the recipient of the prestigious America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Canada, the First Night Festival in Boston, the 92nd Street Y Festival, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Baked Potato Jazz Club in Los Angeles, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Walter Reade Theater, Town Hall, Prague State Opera, and most recently at AIPAC, the Apollo Theater, the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Central Park Summerstage and countless other venues large and small.

She was featured at the annual American-Israel Culture Foundation Gala at Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Rose Theater. She also performed for Folksbiene (the National Yiddish Theater) in an event honoring Elie Weisel. She is featured in the Folksbiene’s popular concert “Soul to Soul” which celebrates Yiddish and African American music.

Most recently she was featured at the Saban theater in Los Angeles along with Maestro Placido Domingo and Melissa Manchester and at the USCJ Centennial concert in Baltimore where she was a lead performer.

Cantor Fishman graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary's H.L Miller Cantorial School and is a member of the CA- Cantors assembly. She served as the Intern Cantor at CBST Manhattan and served Congregation Beth Am, Los Angeles and North Shore Synagogue as Cantor. Cantor Fishman had recently joined Temple Beth El in Stamford CT on July 2014 as their full time cantor.

CANTOR ELIZABETH SHAMMASH has been honored to serve Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, PA since 2007, when she received investiture as Hazzan and a Master of Sacred Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a member of the American Conference of Cantors and the Cantors Assembly, for whom she has served on the executive council.

Her work in opera has taken her to major roles with companies including New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Berkshire Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and the Beijing Music Festival. Concert appearances have included the China National Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Los Angles Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Boston Baroque and Early Music Vancouver.

Cantor Shammash has recorded extensively for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music on the Naxos label, including Yiddish stage songs of Abraham Ellstein and Joseph Rumshinsky, Yiddish art songs of Lazar Weiner and David Stock's A Little Miracle.

She holds a Master's degree in Music and Voice Performance from Manhattan School of Music, an artist diploma from Boston University's Opera Institute and a B.A. in Italian Studies from Brown University. She recently completed the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Clergy Leadership Program, and is looking forward to beginning their 18-month Jewish Mindfulness Meditation teacher training this month.