Shayndel is an ordained Hazzan (from the Hebrew word for 'vision')
~Jewish Cantor and Kohenet Hebrew Priestess~
Service Leader ~ Liturgist
Hazzan Shayndel leads Shabbat, Weekday, Rosh Chodesh, Havdalah, High Holidays and Festival Services and coordinates Jewish retreats, Shabbatons and classes. She is skilled in traditional nusach and engaging melodies and also composes new liturgical chants. Shayndel has provided prayer leadership in a wide spectrum of Jewish settings, ranging from Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, feminist, contemplative, earth-based and interfaith services. She is flexible in meeting the needs of those whom she serves.
Shayndel plays guitar, lyre, Native American flute, recorder, drum and Tibetan bowls. Her leadership style is inviting, participatory, spiritual and heart-opening.
Life Cycle Ritual Officiant
Shayndel facilitates meaningful rituals for life cycle events and travels for destination ceremonies. She will work with you to co-create weddings, funerals, bar/bat mitzvahs, baby namings, blessingways for soon to be parents, births and other rites of passage.
Shayndel officiates new rituals that serve to recognize and honor major life changes to support you in times of joy and times of sorrow. Some 'out of the box' events that may call for sacred and creative ceremony include: adoption, pet funerals, career changes or retirement, miscarriages, divorce, separation, home blessings and space clearings.
When we enact sacred ritual, we deepen our ability to integrate, uplift and consciously transform ourselves.
We initiate a shift that helps us to grow with wisdom toward the next steps of our life's journey.
Spiritual Guidance & Jewish Studies
Hazzan Shayndel offers one on one sessions, creating sacred time for clear presence, deep listening and reflection of matters of the soul.
If a particular intention or theme arises for you during the session, she may suggest chants or prayers.
If you are wanting to explore or deepen your understanding of Judaism, Shayndel is available for private studies or group classes. Topics may include: Torah, liturgy, Jewish festivals and the cycle of the year, Jewish feminism and Kabbalah.
I had the pleasure of co-officiating high holiday services with Cantor Shayndel. The majority of our service planning took place long-distance. All through the preparation process, Shayndel was a pro- she listened to what I perceived to be the needs of the congregation and she made wonderful recommendations for appropriate traditional as well as contemporary high holiday music. She was a delight to work with and knows how to make suggestions that are very accommodating. She works with and not against; she doesn't bring an agenda or ego into her work, thus making it easy to have discussions about why a particular piece is preferable to another within a service. Aside from her easy-going manner and professionalism, Shayndel is one of the sweetest and most genuine people I have ever met. She is highly spiritual and conveys that feeling to others. She is friendly and extremely approachable, devoid of pretense. Any congregation that engages her services will be uplifted by her presence.
-Rabbi Ron Herstik
Hazzan Shayndel brings her sweet voice and engaging spirit to the monthly services that we lead together at Congregation Bet Haverim and people in our community are always left feeling uplifted and inspired. She has brought wonderful new melodies and is very comfortable singing those melodies the congregation already knows. She often accompanies her singing with drum, flute, guitar and lyre. Shayndel is a delight to work with. She is professional, engaged in whatever we are working on, always ready with lots of ideas, takes initiative, and is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Often she uses her music to weave together a musical d'var torah. When Shayndel sings, you can feel the deep passion and spiritual connection that she brings to the music of her prayers and that gets transmitted to the congregation as well. Leading prayer is not just a job for her, but resonates from a deep place in her soul.
-Rabbi Greg Wolfe
Cantor Shayndel combines a beautiful voice with great kavana to deliver an inspiring worship experience. She is well-trained in prayer nusach and Hebrew and this comes through in her leading. She is warm, friendly and very approachable. Our congregation gave her its highest ratings for her high holiday leadership. I highly recommend her for any congregation that is looking for a meaningful, beautiful, spiritually inspiring service leader.
-Rabbi Richard B. Simon
I have had the pleasure of working with Hazzan Shayndel on many occasions, including Shabbat services and community concerts. Shayndel has a soulful, ethereal voice that is transporting and I am always moved by her musical offerings. I value Shayndel's collaborative spirit; whenever we work together she is quick to share new melodies and teachings with me. She exhibits a strong work ethic and desire to grow professionally. She is well-liked by members of my congregation and has a great presence on the pulpit. Shayndel is a caring neshama and educator and her ability to lift people up is an asset that serves her well when performing acts of pastoral care.
-Cantor Ben Rosner
Shayndel's kindness and her love of song are intimately linked; when she opens her mouth to sing, it is not just beautiful sound emerging, but a caress of love and tenderness that is a balm to the soul in a very troubled world. I don't think you can hear Shayndel sing and not feel moved or calmed or just grateful for the kindness of Hashem having given you ears that can hear and appreciate and exalt in the glory of creation. Shayndel is a dedicated, hard-working, intelligent, consistent, caring and deeply committed individual. She is an advocate for tenderness and love wherever she goes. Shayndel sings songs of praise that uplift and shape the prayers and services of those in her presence. Her love of Holiness and her desire to serve join in her voice and in her offering of that voice. She loves to teach, work with people, to explore new possibilities and to link song, prayer and service to the Divine together.
-Nicole Barchilon Frank, Chair Hevra Kadisha, Lay Leader and High Holiday Coordinator