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Cantor Sandy Horowitz brings to Congregation Adas Emuno her passion for music and for Jewish education.  She was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2014 with a Masters in Jewish Studies from Gratz College, having already worked for a number of years as a Cantorial soloist and religious school teacher and administrator.

Cantor Horowitz was not raised in a religious family.  As the child of a foreign service officer and having lived abroad for most of her childhood, her Jewish identity developed in the context of experiencing other cultures and traditions. 

After receiving her BA in English Literature/Composition from Colgate University, Cantor Horowitz moved to New York City and began formal voice training, while working in publishing and then as a computer systems analyst and systems manager.  Meanwhile, she began exploring her Jewish roots – and immediately found a connection through music.  She became a cantorial lay leader and b’nei mitzvah tutor, and was a founding member of the Hebrew School of Beth Am the Peoples Temple and Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights, where she was actively involved in curriculum development and policy planning.  

During her years as a cantorial student at the Academy for Jewish Religion, Cantor Horowitz twice received the Rabbi Timoner Award for her musical compositions.  She served as cantorial intern at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings-on-Hudson – and was a religious school teacher there for several years – and as the Cantor of Temple Beth Sholom in Flushing NY.  As a classically trained singer with a love of classic rock and folk music, Cantor Horowitz is equally comfortable with the great masters of Jewish hazzanut and contemporary participatory repertoire.

Cantor Horowitz is married to Marty Morell, an international-development specialist and avid musicologist; they live in Washington Heights in the New York city.  They have a daughter, Sara, in college.

Wed, March 20 2019 13 Adar II 5779