Cantor Louise Treitman was invested by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1998 and officially became the Cantor of the Beth El Temple Center community in the summer of 2015. Her connection to Beth El began nearly 25 years ago when she filled in for an ailing Cantor Baruch Greisdorf z”l. Since that time she has stayed connected to this congregation, singing concerts with former Cantor Geoffrey Fine and filling in for his sabbatical. She has also been connected to Rabbi Jonathan Kraus for many years through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and other local Jewish organizations.
In Cantor Treitman’s own words from her installation service: “Well, it has taken me a few years, but I am happy to say that I am finally here! I have found a congregation that loves to join together and pray with beautiful music, using new melodies by young composers as well as hazzanut and choral music from previous centuries and everything in between. I have found a community that enjoys a variety of traditions, that loves to learn and that works hard to repair the world. I have found colleagues (Rabbi, Rabbi-Educator, Education Director, Classroom teachers, staff) that love to work together and support each other. I have found a Rabbi who, in addition to being a friend and a wonderful clergy partner, is also a talented musician. I have found a congregation of people that take time for each other and feel the importance of creating a caring community. It feels beshert, like a perfect match, and I am so glad that you invited me to be your Cantor.”
Cantor Treitman believes that music helps us to connect to God - that music opens up our soul and our heart to experience the Holy. It is her deepest wish to be part of a congregation that treasures personal relationship and connection as it celebrates Torah (Jewish learning), Avodah (Jewish service and worship) and Gemilut Chasadim (giving back to the community). She looks forward to sharing the journey with you.
Before coming to Beth El, Cantor Treitman was the Associate Dean of the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College in Newton, where she continues to teach cantorial, rabbinic, education and music students. She also served Temple Beth David in Westwood for many years and was named Cantor Emerita in 2008. In more recent years, she served as the High Holy Day Spiritual Leader at Shir Hadash Italia, an independent congregation of Reform Jews, based in Florence, Italy. In addition to her cantorial investiture, Cantor Treitman holds a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Performance of Early Music (viola da gamba) in Boston. She graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A .in Music and Religious Studies, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She came to the cantorate after being trained as a music educator through the Kodály Musical Training Institute. She currently serves on the board of the American Conference of Cantors (Reform cantorial organization). Cantor Treitman was the president of the Jewish Ministers Cantors Association of New England and was the founding president of the New England Board of Cantors. She has been involved with Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh and Education Center in Newton for many years. Recently she completed the Institute for Jewish Spirituality Clergy training. As former assistant conductor/vocal coach for the Zamir Chorale of Boston for many years, she continues to sing with the chorale and looks forward to bringing Zamir to Beth El in the near future.
Cantor Treitman lives in Lexington with her husband, Rick. She is the proud mother of Annie, Kate and Jo, and the joyful grandmother (Nomi) of Zoe and Emmy who live nearby.