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Rachelle Nelson
Cantor Rachelle Nelson is a native Floridian born July 10, 1956. She is a graduate of the University of Miami in both music education and music theory composition. After graduation from the University of Miami in 1979, she continued on to Hebrew Union College, School of Sacred Music in New York City and graduated in 1984.

Cantor Nelson is the first woman Cantor to serve the Miami-Dade area. She has been with Temple Beth Am for fifteen years. She is skilled in several instruments: voice, piano, flute and guitar. Rachelle has performed in concerts and workshops throughout the United States and Europe and has taught Jewish Music history at the University of Miami.

Cantor Nelson is a highly recognized composer of Jewish music thoughout the United States. She has several compositions published by Transcontinental Music in New York City. To add to her compositional success, Rachelle has been collaborating with her colleague Rabbi Terry Bookman. They have published two albums: “Bless Our Days”, (prayers for inspiration and healing), and “Bless our Years (songs for the cycle of life) as well as songbooks and sheet music. Nelson and Bookman have also created “In the Spirit Music Foundation” to encourage the writing and publication of new a inspirational Jewish liturgical music. Several of Cantor Nelson and Rabbi Bookman’s pieces can be found in these publications: The Cantor’s Manual, R’fuah Sh’leimah: Songs of Jewish Healing, The Complete Book of Jewish Rounds, Kol Dodi (Jewish Music for Weddings), Shabbat Anthology II, and Music for Shabbat Worship from the 68th URJ Biennial.

Currently, Cantor Nelson and Rabbi Bookman are completing their third album, “Bless Our Holy Days”, blessings for the holy days, festivals and holidays of the Jewish calendar year.

In 2005, Cantor Nelson was honored by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science as a “Woman of Valor”. She has also helped lead services for Shabbat evening, Shabbat morning, and Havdalah services at the URJ Biennials.

Cantor Nelson is an extremely proud mother of twin daughters, Leah and Rebecca.

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