Cantor Laurie Weinstein is a Cincinnati native who takes pride in her multiple interests provided by our vast world. Laurie holds a Bachelor of Music in Music History with a Voice Concentration from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has Cantorial Certification from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York Campus under the direction of Cantor Ellen Dreskin. She has also studied on the graduate level at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. Before pursuing her Cantorial Certification, she has served in multiple capacities, from B’nai Mitzvah tutor to Cantorial Soloist, for congregations in Ohio, Indiana, and Massachusetts. Previously, she served as part-time Student Cantor for Temple Shir Tikva, in Wayland, Massachusetts, and Cantor Intern for Congregation Dor Tamid in Johns Creek, Georgia. Before completing her cantorial studies, Cantor Weinstein served for three years as Cantor Intern for Beth Sholom Temple, in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Laurie also holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science from the University of Cincinnati and was licensed to practice Dental Hygiene in Ohio before entering the professional Jewish world. She finds great pride and joy in other facets of her life as a mother, professional dog walker to Mavis and Pixie, a yogi, bird watching; and enjoys anything music related. She is fascinated by the “Why?” and finds the intersection of history and the human narrative most interesting. She enjoys motorcycles and rye whiskey, but not at the same time. Her life’s philosophy can be summed up in a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson- "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Laurie is excited to develop relationships with the Temple Israel family and to engage with the larger Tulsa community.
Rabbi Emeritus Charles P. Sherman, D.D.,was Senior Rabbi from 1976-2013.He retired in 2013 and was given the title of Rabbi Emeritus.