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In January, 2015, Cantor Julie Jacobs, known as “CJJ” by her beloved students at Beth David Gordon School in Miami, completed her arduous religious studies and  received her ordination to become an official Rabbi. At Beth David Congregation, where she has served as Cantor for 10 years, the students have been excited to finally change the ‘C’ to a ‘R’ and call her by her new nickname “RJJ”.

She is the first female Rabbi/Cantor in all of Miami, which is both a  moniker that she is extremely proud of, and for which she has worked very hard.

After receiving a Bachelor Degree in Music in Vocal Performance from prestigious Indiana University,she felt it was more important to share her voice by instilling Jewish values and principles in future generations on how to be a good citizen, community leader, and show respect to G-d and others.  She is thrilled to be able to do that now from the mind set of both a Cantor and Rabbi because she can help our community in more ways than she ever has before.

 

 

She is the mother of four young children. In addition to all she does for Beth David and the Gordon School, Rabbi Jacobs served on the Executive Board of Autism Speaks, has raised over $80,000 for the non-profit, and currently sits on its Advisory Board. Her desire to help others spurred her to create the Tikvah Center at Beth David Gordon School – Miami’s first Jewish Day School program for children on the Autism Spectrum.

Rabbi Jacobs uses music to educate, unify, soothe and delight. She has created and directed concerts, often performing music that she has composed, co-founded the Miami Jewish Chorale, revitalized Beth David’s Youth Choir and created Shabbat Pasion for which a CD has been released. Her compositions have been presented at the Cantors’ Assembly Conventions and the National Jewish Chorale Festival.

She also leads services and choirs, performs life-cycle events and teaches adult education classes and gives music and t’filah instruction to the Religious School, Day School, ECC and B’nai Mitzvah students.

Email Rabbi Julie Jacobs at RabbiJacobs@bethdavidmiami.org or call 305.854.3911 ext. 204