Alisa Pomerantz-Boro
Hazzan, Performer, Educator

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Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro grew up on Mercer Island, Washington, in a rabbinic home, instilled with a love of Judaism and music.  From an early age, she knew she would continue the long family line of rabbis, cantors and educators.  Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro was invested as a Hazzan and earned her degree in Sacred Jewish Music from the Cantors Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she was awarded the Jacobson Memorial Prize in Hazzanut.  She also holds a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies and Music from the University of Washington.   

Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro is delighted to be serving as the cantor of the magnificent Congregation Beth El in Voorhees, NJ.  While in cantorial school, she held the position of assistant cantor at New York’s prestigious Park Avenue Synagogue. Following her investiture, she was the Hazzan at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Diego, CA for 13 years. In May 1991, Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro was among the first 14 women to be inducted into the Cantors Assembly, the professional organization of Conservative cantors and currently serves as Vice-President.

Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro is known for her moving renditions of liturgical music and enjoys concertizing throughout the country.  She has performed with talents as diverse as Hazzanim David Propis, Abe Mizrahi, Steven Stoehr and Sol Zim; and recording artists such as Rick Recht and Debbie Friedman z"l. The Milwaukee Jewish Chronicle reported, “The controversy a few years back about admitting women to the Cantors Assembly should be quieted for good after hearing San Diego Cantor Alisa Pomerantz-Boro sing Moshe Ganchoff’s Yiru Einenu.” After one concert performance, The Washington Post reported, “The evening’s finest moment came in the powerful chanting of the prayer Modim by Cantor Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, whose voice has all the earthiness and intensity of the finest folk singers.” 

Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro was featured in a nationally televised ABC special, “At Evening I Seek You”, and on the Showtime documentary, “An American Tapestry." She has appeared with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony at the Disney Concert Hall, as well as with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in San Diego, premiering her composition "Modim -We Give Thanks" which appears on her solo CD of the same name. She is thrilled to have released her second CD, "Together As One", duets of praise and inspiration, with her close friend and collaborator, Hazzan David Propis. Several of her recordings have been selected for the highly regarded "Spirit of....." CD series of Conservative Jewish Hazzanim. Her music can be heard on iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby.com, and Sirius/XM radio. Alisa was thrilled to be the recipient of the 2011 Hiddur Mitzvah Award, presented by Masorti Olami/World Council of Conservative Synagogues. There was a reception, performance, and ceremony in NYC. Highlights

Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro is thankful to God for the gifts of music and miracles, to her beloved husband Stephen, and to their beautiful children, Rebecca and Joshua.  Download biography.

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