Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny completed her cantorial investiture, rabbinical ordination, and a Masterʼs degree in Sacred Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary before joining the staff of Temple Beth Am in August, 2014.
Raised in San Diego, CA, she grew up with a deep attachment to the Conservative Jewish community. In 2008, Hillary graduated American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in Jewish studies and a minor in vocal jazz performance.
After working as a Judaics instructor and music director in various Jewish communities and camps, Hillary pursued her dream of becoming a cantor. In time, she was inspired by her teachers and family to also pursue the rabbinate. She and her husband, Rabbi Daniel Chorny, met in Israel, and continue to enjoy learning together.
July 30th, 2021 | 11 mins 42 secs
Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny fills in for Rabbi Adam Kligfled and offers up short bursts of meditation infused with the imagery, wisdom, and the rhythms of our Jewish calendar including selected verses from the Torah. Many of these meditations are performed in sitting positions; some standing. Simply find yourself a comfortable space and let Rabbi Chorny's voice and direction guide you into a world of serenity and tranquility.
Are You Coming Back? - A Personal Conversation About The Jewish Future With Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz
July 12th, 2021 | 41 mins 18 secs
Rabbi Cantor Chorny sits down with Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America to explore life in that flagship institution and beyond, as it swirls in the wake of pandemic.
Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research Professor of American Jewish History, a groundbreaking scholar of American Jewish history, and a visionary institutional leader, is the eighth chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary. She is the first woman to serve in this role since JTS was founded in 1886.
Chancellor Schwartz is devoted to building on JTS’s unique strengths as a Jewish institution of higher learning that trains future leaders through deep study—with both head and heart—of Jewish texts, ideas, and history. In JTS’s thriving community, students develop the creative ability to imbue others with the intellectual, cultural, and religious sustenance that our tradition offers, and they enrich every community of which they are a part.
Previously, Dr. Schwartz played a central role in shaping and strengthening JTS’s academic programs, while teaching and mentoring countless students. From 1993 to 2018, she served as dean of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, JTS’s undergraduate dual-degree program with Columbia University and Barnard College. In 2010, she was also named dean of the Gershon Kekst Graduate School. In 2018, she assumed the provostship, while continuing as dean of the Kekst School.
Chancellor Schwartz was one of the first women on the JTS faculty and played an instrumental role in introducing Jewish gender studies into the curriculum. As a scholar, she brings to light previously overlooked contributions of women to Jewish life and culture over the centuries and continually expands our understanding of American Judaism. Among her publications is the award-winning book, The Rabbi’s Wife, a penetrating examination of the role of rabbis’ wives in the development of American Jewish life.
June 19th, 2021 | 31 mins 27 secs
Rabbi-Cantor Hillary Chorny's Shabbat Teaching at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on June 19, 2021.
June 18th, 2021 | 13 mins 13 secs
Guest host Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny offers up short bursts of meditation infused with imagery, wisdom, and the rhythms of our Jewish calendar, including selected verses from the Torah. Many of these meditations are performed in sitting positions; some standing. Simply find yourself a comfortable space and let Rabbi Chorny's voice and direction guide you into a world of serenity and tranquility.
June 12th, 2021 | 17 mins 47 secs
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld and Rabbi-Cantor Hillary Chorny's Shabbat Sermons from Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, June 12, 2021.
May 29th, 2021 | 28 mins 24 secs
Rabbi/Cantor Hillary Chorny's Shabbat Teaching at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on May 29, 2021.
May 29th, 2021 | 24 mins 18 secs
Rabbis' Hillary Chrony, Adam Kligfeld, and Rebeca Schatz's Shabbat Teaching at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on May 29, 2021.
May 1st, 2021 | 18 mins 51 secs
Harmonized Shacharit, sung by Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, Rabbi-Cantor Hillary Chorny, and Rabbi Rebecca Schatz.
May 1st, 2021 | 53 mins 1 sec
Enriched P’sukei D’zimra, sung by Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, Rabbi-Cantor Hilary Chorny, and Rabbi Rebecca Schatz, with words of Torah from Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu in New York city.
April 10th, 2021 | 32 mins 25 secs
Rabbi Hillary Chorny's Shabbath Teaching at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on April 10, 2021.
March 27th, 2021 | 26 mins 54 secs
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, Rabbi-Cantor Hillary Chorny and Rabbi Rebecca Schatz 's Shabbat Teaching at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on March 27, 2021.
March 20th, 2021 | 23 mins 55 secs
Rabbi-Cantor Hillary Chorny's Shabbat Teaching at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on March 20, 2021.
March 20th, 2021 | 18 mins 32 secs
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, Rabbi-Cantor Hillary Chorny and Rabbi Rebecca Schat'z Shabbat Teachings at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on March 20, 2021.
March 18th, 2021 | 1 hr 34 mins
Rabbis from B’nai David Judea and IKAR join Temple Beth Am rabbis sharing interesting angles of Passover learning to use for your Seder.
The podcast includes 3 sessions:
- Magid for Passover in 2021 with Rav Yosef Kanefsky (B’nai David Judea), Rabbi Sharon Brous (IKAR) and Rabbi Adam Kligfeld (Temple Beth Am)
- Arbah Banim: The 4 Children Speaking Torah with Rabbanit Alissa Thomas Newborn (B’nai David Judea) and Rabbi Rebecca Schatz (Temple Beth Am)
- B'nei H orin: The Aches and Joys of Freedom with Rabbi David Kasher (IKAR) and Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny (Temple Beth Am)
These sessions took place via Zoom on March 18, 2021.
March 17th, 2021 | 53 mins 20 secs
From parody to poetry, from Trope to Tal, Cantor Chorny takes you on a tour of Passover music and liturgy as it’s evolved from medieval manuscripts to A Cappella viral videos.
Are You Coming Back? - A Personal Conversation About The Jewish Future With Rabba Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez
March 15th, 2021 | 47 mins 57 secs
In this wide ranging conversation, Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny talks with Rabba Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez, an engaging Jewish educator, dynamic programmer, and passionate community builder. Rabbi Melissa works to ensure that our Jewish communal organizations are more intentional - more intentionally Jewish, more intentionally diverse, more intentionally equitable.
Rabba Melissa currently serves as the Manager of the Jewish Camp Initiative at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the Clergy Advisory Chair for MACoM (Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah). She was also amongst the first cohort of women in the Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta’s ACT: Agents of Change Training fellowship and is now a trustee of the fund. (Rabba Melissa is also involved in a number of other local, regional, and national projects.)
Rabba Melissa received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Yeshivat Maharat in 2018 and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois in 2006. She has also learned intensively at Nishmat and Pardes in Jerusalem and worked for JEWISHcolorado, JCC Manhattan, Hillel International, and Global Day of Jewish Learning.