Amanda Kleinman joined the clergy team at Westchester Reform Temple (WRT) July 2015 following her ordination as Cantor from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. For the three years prior, she has served as Cantorial Intern at WRT, where she has helped innovate prayer, music and b'nei mitzvah. She also breathed new life into holiday celebrations, creating a new liturgy for S'lichot, and co-leading a Community Kol Nidre service.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Amanda graduated from Middlebury College with degrees in music and history. Since beginning cantorial school, Amanda has served as Student Cantor at Moses Montefiore Temple in Bloomington, Illinois, and as Cantorial Intern at Scarsdale Synagogue-Temples Tremont and Emanu-El. She also served as Student Cantor at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY, where she recently recorded a CD of children’s music entitled Shalom Yeladim. While in school, Amanda spent two summers at URJ Greene Family Camp, serving as both Assistant Education Director and the head of the camp’s counselor-in-training program.
In addition to her love of Jewish music, Amanda is passionate about learning and teaching Jewish text; she spent a year studying text full-time at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. She remains active in the larger Reform community, as a member of the Joint Commission on Worship, Music, and Religious living, and as the managing editor of Reform Luach, a project to create a user-friendly calendar of Reform Jewish observance.
Amanda is married to Daniel Mendelson, and they make their home in White Plains.