Torah School Director
Hazzan Laurie Rimland-Bonn, was one of the first women to serve as Cantor, in a Conservative synagogue in the United States. She began her musical career under the tutelage of Hazzan Allen Michelson (z”l), of blessed memory. Hazzan Rimland-Bonn was commissioned “Hazzan Minister” by the Cantors Assembly in July of 1996. She achieved a certificate of completion in Cantorial Studies in June of 1981. She is a member in good standing of the Cantors Assembly, Jewish Educators Assembly and Guild of Temple Musicians. Hazzan Laurie serves as one of the regional Chairpersons of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Cantors Assembly and has served two terms on the Cantors Assembly National Executive Council. Hazzan Rimland-Bonn also served as co-chair of the Cantors Assembly National Convention 2001 and the Cantors Assembly National Convention in 2004.
Hazzan Rimland-Bonn has held positions as Director of Religious School and Family Education in California and Florida. While in Florida, under her administration, Temple Israel of Longwood, became the fourth school in the state of Florida to be accredited by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism “Framework for Excellence”.
In 1972 she made her debut on CBS National Television. She has also been interviewed numerous times and has appeared on various talk and radio shows, as well as on the American Jewish Hour, and interviewed the acclaimed Michael Feinstein on the Jewish TV Magazine. Because of the Hazzan’s versatility as an artist, composer and producer, her published song “Lo Yisa Goy” was released on the album “Carnival Time,” performed by Tommy Tedesco(z”l) on Discovery Records.
Being a Hazzan and Educator for the past 35 years, Hazzan Rimland-Bonn has taken on many responsibilities in her congregations such as Shaliach Tzibor for weekday, Shabbat and Holiday services, Life cycle events, Director of Education, Administration, teaching Bar and Bat Mitzvah for children and adults, teaching future Hazzanin, Choral Conducting, Pastoral Care, Jewish programming and more.