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Our Cantorial Soloist

Cantorial Soloist

Jordan Lawrence is originally from Bergen County, NJ, blessed with a very strong Jewish upbringing, having attended Jewish day school, which instilled in her a very important set of Jewish values. Since her time as a student at Tulane University, she has decided to make New Orleans a home. Jordan graduated in 2019 with a dual degree, with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, a B.A. in Sociology and minored in Jewish Studies. At Tulane, she founded the NJBeats and acted as the President and Music Director during her time in the group. As a musical theatre performer, Jordan never really needed to accompany herself on any instruments. However, over the past year, she has taken up ukulele and hopes to add more instruments to her musical "utility belt." With a strong music theory background and a natural ability to hear harmonies, Jordan also has developed a love for arranging a cappella music.

Jordan's biggest passions in life are music, Judaism and making others happy and laugh. She puts an emphasis on making an impact on every community of which she is a part. She has spent the past fourteen years a part of the Zionist youth movement Young Judaea. Over the past five years, she went from dance specialist to running the performing arts program at CYJ Sprout Lake. Her specialty was leading the entire camp after Havdalah in Rikkud (Israeli dance) and putting together and co-choreographing dance festivals that allowed children to leave their comfort zones. Over her time as a staff member, she organized and facilitated Shabbat song sessions, initiated Musical Theatre and Music Video electives and ran the campwide Maccabbiah. She hopes to use these experiences and proficiencies as she begins her role as Cantorial Soloist/Music Director and Director of Family Engagement (that's a mouthful!)

Jordan has such a strong love for working with children. Her youthful spirit helps her connect with children of all ages and provide a contagious energy that promotes others to want to get involved and to want to be themselves. She prides herself on her ability to adapt her teaching and leading styles to any group of people and use her quick wit to understand the in-the-moment wants and needs of the people that she is privileged to work with. Jordan's biggest Jewish singer inspirations are Debbie Friedman (of course) and Dan Nichols, for whom she has had the honor of watching the magic in action year after year at camp.

She is beyond thrilled to be a part of the Gates of Prayer community and to finally have found a role that incorporates all of her passions in life.

Sat, October 1 2022 6 Tishrei 5783