Jill Pakman has served as the Cantor of Temple Covenant of Peace in a
part-time capacity since September 2003. Although she had been viewed as the Temple's
"Student Cantor" while completing her Masters Degree in Jewish Music/Cantorial
Studies, Jill has functioned as a Cantor/Cantorial Soloist since 1989. Her first position after
leaving the USAF Band in Omaha, Nebraska was Temple Emanu-El in Wichita, Kansas. Jill then went
on to work in South Florida where she resided for more than four years. She returned to her home
in the Yardley, Pennsylvania area in1994 and has been engaged in Cantorial work in and around
the area for thirteen years.
Jill has trained, literally, hundreds of B'nei Mitzvah students as she began tutoring just
after becoming a Bat Mitzvah herself, due to the fact that she was able to learn the
trope/cantillation system by chanting her Haftarah portion. Now that Jill has completed her
Masters Degree and will have more time to devote to TCP, she looks forward to having the
oppotunity to work with/train the B'nei Mitzvah students at the Temple as she brings more than
thirty years of experience in preparing students for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.
In her expanded capacity at TCP, Jill intends to lay the foundation for
B'nei Mitzvah preparation and prayer book literacy along with continuing to expose the religious
school students to Jewish music.
Cantor Jill Pakman
Temple Covenant of Peace
Easton, PA 18042
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