Rabbi-Cantor Cheri Weiss, ordained from the Academy of Jewish Religion, California, loves her work in beautiful sunny San Diego. Her goal is to bring a sense of belonging to people who are looking for a welcoming place to explore their Jewish roots and celebrate their Jewish traditions.
She has a wealth of knowledge, holding a BA in English and Theater from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, as well as Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from CSU Northridge. Having the good fortune of living in Israel for six years, studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and participating in the Israeli music business, she is able to blend her musical and spiritual sides while leading congregants in Jewish prayer. Rabbi-Cantor Weiss has been guest clergy at congregations in San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs, and has served as High Holy Days Cantor at synagogues in Saratoga, CA; Houston, TX; and Providence, R.I.
Over the past several years, Rabbi-Cantor Weiss has worked to extend her Jewish outreach by founding the San Diego Jewish Community Choir, leading life cycle events, while also beginning a series of Adult Education classes that range in a variety of Jewish topics. She hopes to continue her efforts to the surrounding Jewish community by providing an accessible place of comfort, spirituality, love, diversity, Jewish tradition and belonging.