Abby Gostein has served as the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Beth Shalom since January, 2004. Her life has been devoted to Jewish education and spiritual growth through Jewish music since her teen years. She has served Reform congregations as Cantorial Soloist since the early ‘90s and has taught Jewish music to Religious School children since the late ‘80s. Abby comes from a background in song-leading and loves to build a “singing congregation” and spread the love of Jewish music.
Abby is a renowned published composer of Jewish liturgical music (Transcontinental Music Publications) whose compositions have been sung throughout the United States as well as internationally. Many of her pieces have been selected for presentation at Jewish liturgical music festivals and at Cantorial professional conferences, and she has produced a CD of her original compositions, entitled "Each Blessing,” as well as a congregational CD featuring our Temple Beth Shalom Kol Hakavod Ensemble entitled “Kol Hakavod”. You can listen to her music in the Music section of our website.
Abby is a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians (GTM), for which she served in the past as Vice President of Membership, and currently serves as a GTM delegate to the Union for Reform Judaism’s Joint Commission on Worship, Music and Religious Living. She is also a member of the Women Cantors' Network, for which she has co-chaired two national conferences served on the Music Commission Committee. Abby holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Yale University and a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives with her husband Michael, and their two sons, Daniel and Aaron.