Cantor Rica Timman is delighted to join the TBT family! Prior to this post she enjoyed sixteen years of distinguished service to Temple Beth El in Closter, New Jersey and twelve years of service to Temple Emanu-El in Lynbrook, New York. In this exciting transition year leading toward the merger with Temple Emanu-El of East Meadow, Cantor Timman looks forward to working closely with her clergy partners at both synagogues to help create a harmonious marriage of the two congregations next July.
With a warm soul and gentle voice, Cantor Timman guides the congregation in prayer, music, ritual and spiritual leadership. TBT is congregation that deeply celebrates its Jewish musical heritage and Cantor Timman leads the Adult, Teen and Youth choirs and looks forward to bringing in outstanding musical guest artists throughout the year. In addition to co-leading services with Rabbi Nacht, her work includes training B’nai Mitzvah, participating in Religious School programming and teaching, leading Adult Education classes, life cycle counseling, and pastoral care.
In addition to her busy schedule at temple and in the New York area, Cantor Timman appears throughout the East Coast as a lecturer and performer of cantorial, classical and Broadway literatures. She has been a guest soloist at the Tanglewood, Bowdoin and Gamper Music Festivals and has performed with the Chicago, Boston, and London Symphony Orchestras, appearing on National Public Radio and Chicago’s Classical Radio WFMT. She often partners with many outstanding musicians of the New York Philharmonic in concert and on the bima. Her Lincoln Center debut was as the soloist in the New York debut of Charles Osborne’s oratorio “Kings and Fishermen” featuring Theodore Bikel, Matthew Lazar, the Zamir Chorale and St. Lukes Orchestra.
A member of the American Conference of Cantors, Cantor Timman has served as a Co-Chairperson of the ACC/GTM convention. She has been an active member of various URJ Synagogue Music committees and served as the Treasurer and Executive Officer of the Association of Rabbis and Cantors, which is the Alumni Association of The Academy for Jewish Religion. Cantor Timman is a past president and serves on the board of the Women Cantors’ Network, an international organization of over 250 cantors. In addition, she is a member of the American Society of Jewish Music and Kol Hazzanim of Westchester.
Ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York, Cantor Timman holds a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.
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Rabbi / Cantor Howard Nacht grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where he first experienced pluralism in Judaism by attending Hebrew school at a liberal Conservative synagogue and praying next to his grandfather, z”l, at the Brisker Shul (Orthodox). It is this background that has enabled him to feel comfortable in a variety of Jewish environments, and that led him to an appreciation of traditional cantorial music.
Rabbi Nacht earned B.A. and J.D. (Juris Doctor or Doctor of Law) degrees from Rutgers University, and worked in administrative and management capacities in local government and private business before pursuing his studies for the cantorate and the rabbinate.
He is a graduate of the Academy for Jewish Religion, now located in Yonkers, New York, and to date, he is the only one to receive both Rabbinic and Cantorial ordination from the AJR, where he also teaches Ritual Skills.
Rabbi Nacht began his career in the clergy first as cantor in Yorktown Heights and then in Oakdale, New York. He later served as assistant rabbi in Freeport, New York, has been the Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor at several area synagogues, and has served as High Holiday Rabbi and Cantor for a number of congregations.
He appeared at Lincoln Center in Charles Osborne’s Souls on Fire., featuring Leonard Nimoy as the narrator. In 2014, he had the honor of conducting the first Jewish prayer service in more than 75 years in the former synagogue building in Oberdorf, Germany.
He is past president of the Association of Rabbis and Cantors, the only joint Rabbinic and Cantorial professional organization in the U.S. He is married to Patti, and they have a daughter, Marisa.