Hebrew and English chants, song, kirtan: Participatory, Joyous or Meditative
Spiritual Practice in Daily Life and Nature
Text Study and Singing by specific topics
Cantor Abbe Lyons is dedicated to enhancing the spiritual and emotional power of music and Jewish learning in everyday life as well as in sacred spaces.
She received smicha as Hazzan (Cantor) in 2010 from ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal Ordination Programs (directed by Hazzan Jack Kessler) and is now on the faculty. She received a B.Mus. in voice performance from Ithaca College in 1987. She has performed and recorded solo, with RESONATE, and with Cantor Linda Hirschhorn and Vocolot. Album credits include Listen! (RESONATE, 2017), Behold! (Vocolot, 1997), Roots and Wings (Vocolot, 1992) and Household Chores (Abbe Lyons, 1990). In 2005, she was honored as a Bat Kol, an emerging voice, by the N'shei Hazon (Women of Vision). She serves as Spiritual Leader for Gilat Rina Havurah, High Holiday Cantor at Pleasantville Community Synagogue and B'nai Mitzvah Educator at Congregation Tikkun v'Or. As a chaplain, she volunteers periodically with the Ithaca Childbearing Loss Network CARES and at Cayuga Medical Center. Hazzan Abbe has facilitated SpeakChorus Torah at Ruach HaAretz retreat, the ALEPH Kallah, and in congregational settings with adults and teens.
In addition to music & hazzanut, Abbe has studied and practiced somatic education and healing arts and worked in the nonprofit sector. In recent years she has served as Executive Director of the Ithaca Health Alliance and Hillel at Ithaca College. She graduated from the Marin County Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in 1994, The Acupressure Institute in 1992, and The Spiral Center of Reiki Training in 1997. She has taught classes and maintained a private practice since 1994.
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About Cantor Abbe Lyons
Our group was buzzing with thought and excitement (and song) from the session you led! We could not have envisioned a better way to tie thoughts about wine and Judaism together. Your talent, wisdom, and heart are exceptional and we're so grateful you were able to inspire our participants and us this weekend. Thank you again for imparting thought and passion to our group.