Cantor Alicia Stillman is happily returning to Boston, where all the delicious tidbits of city life vibrantly await. A native New Yorker, Alicia received her training and was ordained in 2013 at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College. She has an extensive background in theater and music, and holds a master’s degree from HUC as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, after which she performed professionally in such theater favorites as Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, Annie, 1940’s Radio Hour, Into the Woods, and The Threepenny Opera.
Almost 20 years ago, following the birth of her oldest son, Ben, she sought a different kind of ‘opening night’ moving her passions to the childbirth world, becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified Doula, supporting mothers and families through that wonderful and delicate time of pregnancy and birth. Having had her second son, Coby in Florida saw a merging of her passions: supporting families, Judaism, and music. She began her Jewish professional life teaching music and Judaic Enrichment at the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches and energizing their Shalom Baby welcome program, which quickly blossomed into a Parenting Center and ‘Tot’ Shabbat services throughout the community. Over time, this lead to a wonderful partnership with the 92nd Street Y, where she now mentors, bringing their popular inter-generational Shabbaba program to her youngest member families.
Alicia comes to Temple Israel directly from sunny South Florida, where she spent the last decade proudly serving as Cantor of Temple Judea. She has performed in Cantorial concerts in New York, Texas, and Israel, as well as creating Temple Judea’s annual winter concert series in addition to a variety of Palm Beach area events, including Interfaith Thanksgiving Services, and singing with the Palm Beach Pops in their Holiday Concert at the Kravis Center. She served as the Cantorial Intern at New York City’s historic Central Synagogue, as well as being a Star/Tisch Leadership Fellow while at HUC; additionally, she was blessed to be a recipient of the Temple Israel of Boston Cantorial Prize! She is a former board member of Orah No. County Hadassah, and a member of Actors Equity Association, Lamaze International, and the American Conference of Cantors, where she currently serves on their National Board.
Alicia is joined in Boston by her two sons and her wonderful husband Phillip; and as a family are looking forward to hiking through the many mountains surrounding Boston.