Dear Rodeph Sholom family,
I am delighted to provide you with additional news about our incredible clergy team. As you will recall, Cantor Shayna De Lowe assumed the role of Interim Senior Cantor this past July. In that role, she has, as we would expect, performed the responsibilities of a senior cantor with the same grace, talent, style, inspiration and dedication that she has demonstrated throughout her more than 13 years with Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Recognizing all that Cantor De Lowe brings to our clergy team and to our Congregation, this past Wednesday night the CRS Board voted to formally offer Cantor De Lowe the position of “Senior Cantor.”
I had the great pleasure of presenting this news to Cantor De Lowe and she was thrilled to accept our offer. She expressed tremendous joy and gratitude, reflecting her boundless love for our Congregation and her commitment to elevating the many ways that our clergy team is seeking to deepen and expand connections within our community.
Earlier this year, I commented that: “Cantor De Lowe has inspired us with her passion for inclusion, weaving exceptional musical talent with a prophetic call to justice that has helped to create ‘spaces of belonging.’ We are incredibly fortunate to have her as part of our community.” As we saw during the High Holy Days, as we are reminded by each of her interactions with our B’nai Mitzvah families and as we experience each time that we work with Cantor De Lowe, if anything my words may have understated Cantor De Lowe’s many contributions to our community.
While we will begin referring to Cantor De Lowe as our Senior Cantor this weekend, the title change will require approval of the CRS membership at the next Congregational meeting. The action taken by the Board this week, and Cantor De Lowe’s acceptance of the Board’s offer, are important steps for our Congregation. Please join me in congratulating Cantor De Lowe on her new title and in expressing gratitude for all that she does for our Congregation.
Very truly yours,
Peter H. Ehrenberg
President, Congregation Rodeph Sholom