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Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Senior Cantor at Central Synagogue, was invested as a cantor in 1999 and also ordained as a rabbi in 2001 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York where she was a Wexner Graduate fellow. She earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University in 1994. Born in Korea to a Jewish American father and a Korean Buddhist mother, Cantor Buchdahl is the first Asian American to be ordained as cantor or rabbi in North America. Prior to her appointment as cantor at Central Synagogue, Cantor Buchdahl served as associate rabbi/cantor at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y.
Cantor Buchdahl has been nationally recognized for her innovations in leading services and has served as faculty for the Wexner Heritage Foundation and for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Kallot programs. She has been actively involved in Just Congregations, the Reform Movement's Congregation Based Community Organizing effort at Central and on a national level. Cantor Buchdahl has been featured in articles in Reform Judaism, Shema Journal of Jewish Ideas, Newsweek's 2012 list of "America's 50 Most Influential Rabbis" and the PBS documentary 18 Voices Sing Kol Nidrei. She serves on the Board of Auburn Theological Seminary and the Multiracial Jewish Network.
Cantor Buchdahl and her husband Jacob Buchdahl have three children.

Julia Katz, Assistant Cantor at Central Synagogue, was ordained by HUC-JIR's Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in 2012. During her time as a student there, she was privileged to serve a number of communities in the New York area, including Shaaray Tefilah as a b'nei mitzvah tutor, B'nai Jeshurun as a children's service leader, and the Jewish Home and Hospital as pastoral care provider. She has also been honored to serve as student cantor for Adat Chaverim in Plano, Texas, and most recently Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, New York.
Cantor Katz grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, and studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she earned a bachelors of music with a major in classical vocal performance and a concentration in music in education. She is also a certified vinyasa yoga instructor, and is interested in exploring the interplay between Judaism and yoga, creating new and innovative yoga practices with integrated Jewish content.
Cantor Katz lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Rabbi Marc Katz, who is an assistant rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope.

David Strickland worked as a substitute organist at Central Synagogue before joining us as our full-time organist in 2006, and since then his position has grown to encompass the role of Music Director. David is a graduate of the Wayne State University School of Fine and Performing Arts and was a student of Detroit Symphony Orchestra Pianist Mischa Kottler and DSO Organist Raymond Ferguson. David previously served as the music director for Epiphany Church in Gramercy Park. He also is a composer. His opera, Phoenix Park, was produced by Downtown Music Productions, and his musical, The Trapped Family Singers, played at the Fringe International NYC Festival. His work has also been performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and by the National Symphony Orchestra of London.

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