Cantor Annice Benamy is a very enthusiastic and passionate musician. Her love of education, music, and Reform Judaism developed at her synagogue, Anshe Chesed-Fairmount Temple, in Cleveland, Ohio and at URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, New York. She served as a song leader, music teacher, family educator, junior congregation coordinator, and classroom teacher by the time she completedcollege. Annice successfully combined her love of Judaism and music to complete the Hebrew College’s Jewish Sacred Music Certificate program to become a cantor in May 2016. Now as Cantor of Reform Temple of Putnam Valley, Annice brings her love of learning and music to the Temple community. Her long-term goal is to energize the community through music.
For the past 22 years, Annice’s educational experiences include K-8 vocal music teacher, Fine Arts building supervisor, and staff trainer on a variety of educational topics. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Choral Music. She is also a graduate from the University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Cleveland State University. In 2010, Annice earned Supervisor Certification from Rutgers University.
Cantor Annice resides in Teaneck. She loves music, Zumba, reading, and visiting the Shore. Annice’s love of travel took her to Eastern Europe this summer with the New Jersey Holocaust Commission, where they visited seven concentration camps and five Jewish cemeteries among many other Jewish and non-Jewish historical and non-historical sites. They visited Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Lublin, Warsaw, and Amsterdam. Annice is in the process of putting together an adult education presentation about her experiences on the trip.
“Thank you for welcoming me into your Kehillah Kadosha (a sacred community).”