Ruth Berman Harris (cantor)

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For musician, see Ruth Berman Harris.

Ruth Berman Harris was the first female cantor (also called hazzan) in Argentina. [1] She was born in Buenos Aires, where as a teenager she became the first female in Argentina to lead Jewish services. [2] She was educated as a cantor at the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano in Argentina, and was ordained in 1996. [3] [4] [5] She also earned a bachelor's degree in Talmud and Bible from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, as well as finishing a cantorial program from the World Union for Progressive Judaism. [6] [7]

She moved to Israel in 1996, where she led services at three different synagogues, and in 2001 she moved to America; as of 2011 she is the cantor at Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center. [8] [9] She has also made a CD, “B’Rosh HaShanah", featuring herself singing some of the highlights of the Jewish service music.