Cantorial Soloist Stacey Morse
Born of a brilliant hippie Democrat and a Republican “McGyver,” our 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. She was given her Hebrew name, Shira (song), by Temple Menorah's erstwhile Cantor Avshalom Cohen. Stacey's family’s havurah 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, Stacey led services for our armed forces. She has created and led healing services and drum circles, harmonized for an R&B label, and is honored to have sung with Cantors Phil Baron, Ilan Davidson and Hershel Fox. She is thrilled to be here and working with Rabbi Silver, Dan Spector, our band Za'atar, our youth, and the Temple Menorah choir.
Stacey attended Mira Costa, 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 Masters degree, Stacey taught English grammar and literature, religion, and Hebrew to children and adults. She has also been writer, photographer, and editor for calendars, newspapers, and magazines, as well as a physics journal at UCLA. She may well hold the record for oddest jobs while working on a theses. Stacey believes that everyone has a challenge to overcome and a superpower to share. She sings with all her heart, soul, and might.
Like the rest of the Morse family, Stacey has sailed and ridden motorcycles her whole life. She loves to camp and kayak, and is a member of a Southern California Renaissance Faire Guild, as well as a member of the Redondo Beach C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team).
Most of all, Stacey loves to hear the congregation sing. Come make a joyful music with our Cantorial Soloist Stacey Morse!