Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid (CBENT) is a welcome home for Hazzan Sandy Bernstein and her family. Hazzan Bernstein comes to CBENT after having moved from Los Angeles, California. She brings with her, a passion for music and a deep commitment to Judaism. Her ability to seamlessly meld the two has been evident since graduating with a BA in Music from California State University, Northridge and continued as she undertook her Cantorial studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion California (AJRCA) where she was ordained in June 2013. Hazzan Bernstein has served numerous congregations in Southern California and brings all that experience with her to CBENT. In addition to serving congregations as cantor, Hazzan Bernstein has 25 years of experience teaching in religious schools, pre-schools and Jewish day schools.
Since coming to Philadelphia, Hazzan Bernstein has become active in the Delaware Valley Region of the Cantor’s Assembly (CADV) and has co-chaired and performed at CADV concerts in the greater Philadelphia area as well as down the shore in NJ. She has also participated in “Devotion by the Ocean” and produced a concert of “The Three Sopranos,” of which she is one, at CBENT to benefit the FIDF.
With a 3 octave vocal range, Hazzan Bernstein is proficient in such diverse musical styles as Cantorial, Opera, Rock, Pop, Standards and Jazz. With more than 20 years of experience performing before audiences in North and South America, she has performed with an opera company, musical theatre companies, concerts and recitals. Hazzan Bernstein also performed the role of Orpah in “The Ballad of Ruth” composed and directed by Cantor Stephen Richards.
Proficient in Spanish and Hebrew, Hazzan Bernstein can sing in both of those languages as well as in Yiddish, Ladino, Italian, German, French, and Latin. She enjoys painting and crafting as well as dancing and kosher healthy cooking. She lives in Elkins Park with her husband, Gaston (who often accompanies her on percussion) and their two daughters, Gabi and Naomi. She and Gaston also have two adult boys, Daniel and Matt who still live and study in California.
Hazzan Bernstein is very excited to have joined the CBENT community and is looking forward to meeting, davening and singing as well as teaching and celebrating many simhas with the CBENT family.