Cantor Hayley Kobilinsky
Cantor Kobilinsky, a native Brooklynite, began pursuing music over two decades ago, learning to play several instruments while also developing her voice. At the age of 10, she sang opera professionally while highly involved in her home synagogue. Hayley has performed in over 30 operas and dozens of concerts with various companies in and around New York. She has studied five foreign languages, including Hebrew and Yiddish, which she calls upon regularly in her work as a Cantor. Cantor Kobilinsky is very enthusiastic about “Yiddishkeit,” leading a Jewish life which includes the work of tikkun olam (actions which bring about a better world), and first and foremost, professes a great love for liturgical music.
Hayley began her academic career at Columbia University, where she majored in psychology. During her tenure at Columbia, she also studied in the Vocal Arts program at The Juilliard School of Music. Cantor Kobilinsky received her Master’s of Sacred Music in 2004 and her Cantorial Investiture in 2005 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Sacred Music. Hayley has also served East End Temple in New York City and Temple Sholom in Fanwood, New Jersey.
A most important element of Cantor Kobilinsky’s work is bringing music, old and new, to every aspect of temple life with meaningful devotion and spirituality. Her goal is to create an atmosphere of music which enables the congregation to both rejoice in song and meditate in prayer. To that end, Hayley crafts each service with an eclectic mix of Jewish music, ranging from Chassidic favorites to the newest music of the 21st century. She also shares her knowledge of the Jewish musical tradition with our families through various venues including our volunteer adult choir and b’nai mitzvah and post-b’nai mitzvah programs with our young people.