Lindy Passer serves as cantorial soloist and music director of Temple Israel as well as leads the Temple’s choirs. Ms. Passer was born inHillsborough,California where her love of music and musical theater blossomed through participation in school and community productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Sound of Music and West Side Story. She also began song leading Jewish music through her youth group, The B’nai B’rith Youth Organization.
While attending UC Berkeley, she joined the historic light opera company, The San Francisco Lamplighters, and was in the productions of Iolanthe and Trial By Jury, which was also broadcast on public television in 1980.
In addition to musical theater and light opera, Ms. Passer was very involved in Jewish activism on campus and was the chairperson of the Israel Action Committee. She met her husband, Rabbi Jason Gwasdoff though her participation in the Berkeley Bayit, a communal Jewish house.
Ms. Passer taught music and religious school at several synagogues during her years at Berkeley. In her junior year, she studied in Jerusalem, Israel where her love for Israel was strengthened. After graduation, Ms. Passer continued her studies at the Hebrew Union College and University of Southern California and obtained a Masters in Jewish Communal Service and a Masters in Social Work.
Ms. Passer has been directing adult and children’s choirs since 1983.She has performed as a soloist, or in concerts with her husband, since 1980 and has been heard in Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Miami Beach, Carmel, Georgia, San Francisco, Jerusalem, as well as many other cities throughout the country. You can hear Ms. Passer on two CD’s: Sounds of Holiness and Shir Mi Libeinu, both produced by Sounds Write productions.
Ms. Passer directs Kolot, an adult choir that meets weekly and sings in services monthly. She also directs the Junior Choir, made up of 2nd-5th graders who help lead services monthly at Family Services. Ms. Passer directs Shirat Noar, a youth choir made up of 6th-12th graders who enhance services throughout the year and often sing at Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies. They have also performed at various retirement homes in our community and at our annual Jewish Food Festival. Ms. Passer delights in directing the annual Temple Purim Shpiel.
Ms. Passer is also an artist and specializes in making Ketubot, the Jewish marriage contract. She has shown her work in many art shows throughout the country.
Ms. Passer has three sons and has been living in Stockton since 1994.
Contact Ms. Passer here: email@example.com