Susan Bortnick

Senior Cantor

Cantor Susan Bortnick was appointed Cantor at Washington Hebrew Congregation in 2001. Her crystalline soprano endows the Congregation's services and life cycle events with soaring majesty, and she is always eager to explore new enhancements to the worship experience. The first cantor from Amarillo, Texas, she is a member of the American Conference of Cantors (Reform) and Cantors Assembly (Conservative). A graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, she served congregations in Arnold, Maryland and Ft. Worth, Texas as a student cantor. Inspired by Cantor Robert Gerber, Cantor Sharon Kohn, and Rabbi Liza Stern, Cantor Bortnick pursued cantorial studies after receiving a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Texas, Austin. She has recorded two albums with Cantor Manevich, one of their favorite duets, "Together," the other a recording of their innovative Shabbat service, "Shirei Shabbat." Cantor Bortnick and her husband, David, are the proud parents of three daughters, Naomi, Eliya, and Mikala, and two dogs.