Jill Abramson has served as Senior Cantor of Westchester Reform Temple for nearly a decade. Cantor Abramson received investiture from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2002, where she now serves as Adjunct Faculty, teaching a capstone senior seminar in professional development to cantorial and rabbinic students.
She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Grinnell College and brings a strong international commitment to her social justice work having lived in Cameroon, West Africa, taught English in Indonesia, and conceived an Israeli and Arab teen-age choir as part of the international peace program, Building Bridges for Peace. At WRT, she is a passionate teacher, focusing on the intersection of the arts and Jewish life, international social justice, and women’s leadership and learning.
Before coming to WRT, she served for five years at Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Chicago, IL, where she was also Director of Education. Combining her love of youth-work and the outdoors, Cantor Abramson also spent several years as Assistant Director of Shwayder Camp in the Colorado Rockies.
She is an active member of the American Conference of Cantors, where she currently oversees membership testing. She reviews new compositions for publication at Transcontinental Music Publications, and has served on the Admissions Committee for the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR.
Cantor Abramson has served as Hebrew coach to the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago, IL, and in New York has sung at Merkin Concert Hall and with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York. She is also a featured soloist on “Shirei Tshuvah” a collection of music for the Days of Awe. But mostly, her favorite place to make music is on the bimah at WRT. She is married to Rabbi Jonathan Malamy. They reside in lower Westchester with their four year old son.