Over the last two decades, Rabbi Daniel Brenner has been a driving force behind some of the most creative educational projects in the Jewish world, leading initiatives for CLAL -– The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, the Birthright Israel Foundation, and Moving Traditions (where he currently serves as chief of education.)
In 2009, Brenner was named by Newsweek Magazine as one of America’s most influential rabbis and in 2016 The New York Times weekend arts section featured his work reviving shtetl dance. A poet, film buff, jazz lover, and amateur primatologist, Daniel and his beloved, Lisa, a theater professor, have three teenage children and are members of B’nai Keshet, a reconstructionist synagogue in Montclair, New Jersey.
Cantor Judy Merrick was born in Haifa, Israel and has been playing the guitar and performing since the age of 13. After serving in the Israeli Army, she went on to study at Tel-Aviv University where she earned a degree in theatre arts. Cantor Merrick is also a certified Israeli Dance instructor and she holds an Interior Design certification from NY School of Interior Design as well.
Cantor Merrick was certified by the Cantor Assembly as a Hazzan in March 2010.
After moving to Huntington Bay 15 years ago, she performed throughout the New York metropolitan area, leading Shabbat and holiday services and Israeli celebrations. She has also been teaching music in many different synagogues and temples, and given workshops for Jewish educators.