Hazzan Joanna Selznick Dulkin
Musical Liturgical Leader
The Jewish Center is pleased to announce that after a national search, Joanna Selznick Dulkin has joined the clergy as Hazzan, or musical liturgical leader.
Hazzan Dulkin most recently served as the Hazzan at Shaare Zedek, Synagogue of St. Louis, Missouri since 2006 where she transformed the Friday night service, revamped the B'nai Mitzvah program, and created a family education program, among other initiatives. A rising star in the national arena, Hazzan Dulkin co-chaired the Cantors' Assembly Convention this year and was recently installed as Secretary of that organization.
Originally from Palo Alto, Calif., she is an honors graduate of Stanford University, where she studied English, sang a cappella, and led community High Holiday services at Hillel. After working for several years as an independent Jewish music educator and performer, Hazzan Dulkin entered the Jewish Theological Seminary's H.L. Miller Cantorial School and earned her Masters of Sacred Music and Investiture in 2004, receiving the Hazzan David J. Leon Prize for a graduate demonstrating promise in the cantorial field. She completed the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Cantorial Leadership Program in 2007. Additionally, she was the founding Music Director at Camp Ramah Darom, is a published writer and composer and currently serves on the Rabbinical Assembly's committee to create a new prayer book for the Conservative movement.
Hazzan Dulkin is married to Rabbi Dr. Ryan Dulkin, Assistant Professor of Rabbinics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Penna. The couple has two sons and reside in Princeton.
"The Jewish Center is a great match for me," Hazzan Dulkin said. "I am looking forward to partnering with Rabbi Feldman, the synagogue staff and lay leadership to build on the dynamic, inspirational foundation they have created."