Cantor Lizzie Weiss uses the power of music to engage congregants and support them in making spiritual connections. Music is her medium for teaching Torah. She celebrates the significance of nostalgic traditional music alongside relevant contemporary melodies.

With training in Clinical Pastoral Education, she values time spent with congregants in the hospital, in mourning, and celebrating simchas. From officiating life cycle events, to nurturing young singers, to experiencing milestones with people of all ages, her life at Temple Emanuel is filled with learning, music, and community engagement…

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Cantor Weiss grew up at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and was always involved in all things music. From intergenerational productions at the Emanuel Arts Center, to Junior Cantors, to the High Holy Day Professional Choir, Cantor Weiss developed her Jewish identity with her experiences in Jewish living at Temple Emanuel, Camp Swig/Newman and all under the wing of her Uncle Rabbi Kenneth J. Weiss, and her brother Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss.

After graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in drama, Cantor Weiss moved to New York and was cast in the Broadway National Tour of Disney’s High School Musical. After a few years on the road, Cantor Weiss landed back in Los Angeles, and entered cantorial school at the Academy for Jewish Religion, under the mentorship of Cantor Nathan Lam and Cantor Perryne Anker. Cantor Weiss received her cantorial ordination in May 2015.

When not on the Temple Emanuel bima, Cantor Weiss can be found singing in Jewish and secular concerts, alike, throughout Los Angeles. Cantor Weiss is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Conference of Cantors. 

Cantor Weiss founded the Temple Emanuel Soul Singers in 2015 and it continues to serve as one of her proudest gifts that ensures the future of Jewish music at Temple Emanuel. As children graduate from the Soul Singers, they become junior cantors helping to lead services and chant torah on the high holy days. Lastly, the intergenerational choir, of which she was a part of starting at age 12, continues to be the most warm, welcoming and musical choir she could ever imagine! 

Seth Rudetsky is co-host of the concert series, Broadway @ The Wallis in Beverly Hills, and is one of the founding members of the Jewish Broadway Alliance. Seth also participates in Shabbat on Broadway, an inclusive service that blends Jewish prayer, favorite showtunes, and more. He co-wrote and co-starred in the Broadway hit “Disaster!” and authored books, including “Seth’s Broadway Diary” and young adult novels. 

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Seth has an extensive Broadway background as a pianist and conductor, with notable experiences as a comedy writer on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” He and his husband also organize “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway Cruise,” uniting Broadway stars and enthusiasts on cruises to exciting destinations. Seth currently serves as an afternoon DJ on the SiriusXM Broadway channel and hosts “Seth Speaks.” Seth’s one-man show, “Deconstructing Broadway,” has been performed internationally.

Ana Gasteyer is a multi-talented performer renowned for her work on Saturday Night Live, where she created iconic characters like Bobbie Moughan-Culp and Margaret Jo. 

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She also starred in the NBC comedy series American Auto and has a successful singing career, with her album Sugar and Booze earning critical acclaim. Gasteyer has showcased her talents on stage, screen, and in live musicals, including roles on Broadway in Wicked and The Rocky Horror Show. She’s also appeared in films like Wine Country and Happiest Season, and TV shows like The Goldbergs and The Masked Singer. A graduate of Northwestern University, Gasteyer honed her skills at The Groundlings before joining SNL. She resides on the East coast with her family and beloved rescue pup, Gloria.

Jelani, a proud alum of Montclair State University and a native of New Jersey, has left an indelible mark on Broadway stages. Notable performances include portraying Eddie Kendricks in “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” and bringing Simba to life in Disney’s “The Lion King.” 

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His repertoire extends beyond Broadway, encompassing dynamic roles in productions such as “High School Musical,” “High School Musical 2!,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” “The Apple Boys,” “Anjou: The Musical Horror Tale,” and “The Oscar Michaeux Suite.” Jelani has also showcased his talent in esteemed venues like Hermes and Carnegie Hall, with memorable appearances in “Love Around The Block” and “Mozart: Her Story.” Recognized as a rising star by Papermill Playhouse and honored with a Chita Rivera Award, Jelani continues to captivate audiences with his unparalleled talent and passion for the stage.

Arielle Jacobs, a first-generation Filipina-American actress, has left a lasting mark on Broadway stages. She garnered attention for her portrayal of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin and as Delilah McPhee in Between The Lines. 

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Her Broadway journey began opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda in In The Heights, followed by standout roles in Wicked, Rent, and Disney’s High School Musical. Off-Broadway, she shone in productions by Nilo Cruz and participated in innovative projects like singing songs from Carmen at the Guggenheim Museum. Beyond the stage, she’s captivated audiences with her rendition of the National Anthem at sporting events and has performed at prestigious venues alongside renowned artists. Combining her passions for Broadway and animals, she founded “The Broadway Pup,” donating proceeds to animal rescue. Her debut solo album, A Leap In the Dark, showcases her talent. Additionally, she comes from a family of Broadway actors, including her brother Adam Jacobs, who originated the role of Aladdin in Disney’s Aladdin.

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