Cantor Shira Nafshi grew up in Miami, FL and was highly involved in both her temple's youth group and religious school as a song leader. She was mentored by her Cantor, Cantor Stuart Pittle (z"l). Cantor Shira graduated from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Sacred Music in 2005, and served as the full-time Cantor for Temple B'nai Or in Morristown, NJ for five years. Shira began serving as the part-time Cantor of Temple Beth Jacob in 2011. She leads Shabbat services approximately once a month, leads High Holy Day services, leads the TBJ choir, and teaches music in the religious school. Cantor Shira also serves part-time as the Cantor of Temple Adath Yeshurun in Manchester.
When not on the TBJ bimah, Cantor Shira can usually be found with a horse – trimming hooves, teaching riding, or playing with her own horses. Cantor Shira is thrilled to be working with her life partner, Rabbi Robin. Together, they are the parents of Liba, born in early 2014.