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Artist Profiles

The artists included here are those with two or more years of active involvement in ATARA as performers, educators, or administrators.  We recognize the community of observant artists continues to grow, and we welcome any artist who wishes to contribute to this goal!

Bracha Adrezin, Opera Vocalist – Los Angeles


Shaindel Antelis, Singer-Songwriter – NY-NJ


Shoshana Averbach, Singer-Songwriter, Piano Instructor and Music Therapist – Brooklyn, NY


Ayelet HaShachar, Women’s Band Featuring Lisa Aronson Friedman, Shalomis Koffler Weinreb, and Stephanie Rabinowitz – Baltimore, MD


Stephanie (Kurtzman) Barat – Violinist – New York


Leah (Chwaievsky) Bassett – Dancer and Theater Artist, Medical Clown – Toronto


Adena Blickstein – Dancer, Composer, Instructor, Founder & Director of Professional Women’s Theater (PWT) and Jewish Women’s Talent Agency (JEWTA) – Englewood, NJ


Shoshannah Brombacher – Visual Artist and Educator – Brooklyn, NY


Aliza Dubin, Singer-Songwriter, Pianist – Passaic, NJ



Miriam Leah (Droz) Gamliel – Musical Theater Performer, ATARA Director, Montreal


Robin Garbose, Film Director, Kol Neshama Summer Program Director – Los Angeles


Glaser Drive – Women’s Band – Teaneck, NJ


Elisheva (Raichman) Golani, Dancer and Photographer – Houston, TX


Leah Gottfried – Filmmaker, Actress, Producer of “Soon By You” web series – Passaic, NJ


Elana Greenspan, Songwriter-Composer-Musician-Writer, Passaic, NJ


Toby Klein Greenwald, Theater Director, Writer, Raise Your Spirits Founder-Director, ATARA Board – Efrat, Israel


Amy Guterson, Film writer and director, Tzohar Seminary Founder-Director, ATARA Board – Pittsburgh, PA


Abby Harris – JUNIOR Artist Age 11 – Pianist, Vocalist, and Classical Composer – Queens, NY


Rachel Jakob – Singer-Songwriter – Brooklyn, NY


Franciska Kay – Singer-Songwriter – Philadelphia, PA


Leslie (Ginsparg) Klein – Singer-Songwriter, Author and Academic – Baltimore, MD


Lori Leifer – Singer-Songwriter – New York City


Esther Leah Marchette – Singer-Songwriter, ATARA Co-Director – Boston, MA


Laura (Kegeles) Melnicoff – Cellist – Crown Heights, NY


Rivka Nahari – Pianist, harpist, opera soprano, Director of Jewish Center for the Performing Arts – Brooklyn, NY


Batya M. Harris, Director of The Teaneck PeniNote Choir and Passaic NaShira Choir – Passaic, NJ


Michelle Penn – Dancer, Director of LaZooz Dance School – Silver Spring, MD


Yocheved Polonsky, Creative Learning Institute of Dance, ATARA Founding Board – Cleveland, OH


Keri Roth (Saltzman), Director of NeshamaDance and Jewish Creative Kidz – Toronto, CAN


Shari Rosen – Opera Soprano – Baltimore, MD


Mirele Rosenberger, Jazz Pianist – Crown Heights, NY


Leslie (Gold) Ruder, Actress and Acting Teacher – Passaic, NJ


Esther Rachel Russell – Screenwriter, Performer, Producer, Laughter Therapist – NJ


Miriam Sandler, Singer-Songwriter, Music Director of Camp HaBima – Passaic, NJ


Jessica Schechter – Actress, Comedienne, Theater Director, Co-Producer of “Soon by You” – NYC


Marilyn Golomb Selber (Morah Michal), Puppeteer – Riverdale, NY


Miriam Sherr, Actress – Crown Heights, NY

Miriam is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts, the mother of B’H nine children and numerous grandchildren.


Kari (Isaacson) Siegel – Dancer, ATARA Founding Board – Detroit, MI


Aviva Spiegel, Dance Instructor and Founder of Tambourine Dream Festival – Tzfat, Israel


Hannah Stern – Vocalist, Dancer, Actress – Monsey, NY


Henya Storch, ATARA Business Director and Chair of the Board