||Born of a brilliant hippie Democrat and a Republican "McGyver," Cantorial Soloist Stacey Morse lives for harmony -- in all forms. Her family joined Temple Menorah after they drove from New York, harmonizing all the way, when she was a toddler. She was given her Hebrew name, Shira (song), by Temple Menorah's Cantor Avshalom Cohen. Her family's havurah later created Congregation Tifereth Jacob, now Congregation Tikvat Jacob-Beth Torah, in Manhattan Beach.
Since becoming the first bat mitzvah in the history of CTJ, our sheliach tzibbur (messenger of the congregation) has led services and life-cycle events throughout the country, internationally and on the high seas. By invitation, Cantor Stacey also led services for our armed forces. She has created and led healing services and drum circles; harmonized on an R&B album for Polygram; and been blessed to sing with Cantors Phil Baron, Ilan Davidson and Hershel Fox. She is thrilled to sing again with Cantor Ken Jaffe and to work with Rabbi Silver and the amazing Dan Spector on Friday nights and the Temple Menorah choir for the High Holy Days.
Stacey attended Mira Costa High School, Brandeis University, CSUDH, and the Academy of Jewish Religion and studied privately with Cantor William Sharlin (z"l). (También habla y entiende el español, pero es una historia muy larga!) After receiving her Master's degree, Stacey taught English grammar and literature, religion and Hebrew to children and adults and worked for newspapers, magazines and even a physics journal at UCLA. She may also hold the record for the oddest jobs ever, while working on her thesis.
Like the rest of her family, Stacey has sailed, and ridden motorcycles her whole life. She is a member of the Renaissance Faire, Guild of St. Ives. Stacey is also a member of the Redondo Beach C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team), and would love to sign you up! Most of all, she loves to sing Friday night blessings in 4-part harmony with her family and loves to hear the congregation harmonize with her. Come make joyful music with our Cantorial Soloist Stacey Morse!