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Our Story

Rabbi Cantor Judi Rowland founded RabbiCantorNYC to help you do Jewish. Today, together with Cantor Hayley Kobilinsky , we serve Jewish individuals and families in the NYC area who want to do Jewish in their own way and want it to be personal, joyous, flexible and meaningful.

For us, doing Jewish is awesome. It’s awesome in the home and in the synagogue. But it's also awesome in the park, with your sports team, in the choir, at camp, at college, in your first apartment, when you get married, and when you have children.

Doing Jewish enriches our lives. It can teach us how to feel grateful and provide moments of immense joy. It connects us to our family, our ancestors, and our Jewish story. Learning about being Jewish makes us not only more knowledgeable, but also wiser, kinder and more open minded. Doing Jewish things like singing and dancing on Shabbat makes us more joyful. Learning Hebrew as an adult can be a life-changing experience. Wedding and baby-namings should be magical and personal.


RabbiCantor Judi Rowland

Rabbi Cantor Judi Rowland


I grew up loving being Jewish. I was a songleader in camps and youth groups. I taught Jewish music in Religious Schools since I was 14 years old.  I built a Jewish home with my loving husband and two beautiful children. And I served as a cantor in a synagogue for 36 years. I went back to school for my Masters’ in Jewish Education in 2013 and I was ordained as a rabbi in May, 2018.

Cantor Hayley Kobilinsky

I am a cantor, spiritual leader, and educator, who is passionate about sharing my love of Judaism with others. 
I build relationships with families, teaching children and adults, supporting them as they explore their Jewish identities. I believe it is never too late to begin, and tailor experiences to each individual’s unique interests and needs.
Whether we learn together, celebrate becoming a bar or bat mitzvah, create an unforgettable wedding ceremony, or welcome a baby with a beautiful Hebrew name, I delight in spending time to make these experiences come alive.

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