Monday, April 20, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
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Congregation Schaarai Zedek 
3303 West Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL 33609

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Andi Parker 
Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood 

Music to Our Ears

With her warm heart and beautiful voice, Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro has brought her love of Judaism to Congregation Schaarai Zedek since June 2013. Whether she is singing from the bimah, playing guitar, or jamming with the Achshav Band, Cantor Cannizzaro’s mission is to use her voice to help people find their personal connection to Judaism. She leads our children in music through her direction of the CSZ Teen Band and by teaching music in our Religious School. Under her leadership, Koleinu, our adult choir, brings joy and meaning to our services. Her love of teaching is exemplified in her role as Director of our B’nai Mitzvah program.

Cantor Cannizzaro is active in the Jewish Community. She is an officer of the Executive Board of the American Conference of Cantors and is ACC Coordinator of the URJ Publication of Ten Minutes of Torah. She is President of the Bay Area Cantors Association and also a founding member of the female singing trio Cantorettes.

Cantor Cannizzaro has demonstrated a strong commitment to Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood and its members. She has installed Sisterhood officers, led interactive Sisterhood Passover seders and celebrations, and created beautiful Sisterhood Shabbat services. She has inspired us with her d’var Torah, encouraged us to enjoy cooking new dishes with her recipes and demonstrations, and sang more prayers for Sisterhood meals than we can count. Cantor has supported and participated in Sisterhood events and activities while being a devoted friend and mentor to our Sisterhood members.

As someone who always says YES to her Sisterhood, congregation, community, friends, and loved ones, the Y.E.S (Youth, Education, and Special Projects) Fund Luncheon is the perfect opportunity to honor this special woman and celebrate who she is and what she means to each of us.

The Y.E.S. Fund continues the tzedakah roots of WRJ dating back to 1913.

Today, the Y.E.S. Fund represents the collective efforts of individual donors and WRJ officiated sisterhoods.


  • Supports  NFTY projects.
  • Sponsors nursery schools in Israel and on the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) campus in Cincinnati.
  • Sustains religious school teacher training programs.
  • Supports Reform camps and Israel programs.


  • Provides scholarships for rabbinical and cantorial students at HUC-JIR on all four campuses.
  • Grants awards and prizes to outstanding rabbinic and cantorial students.
  • Provides scholarships to rabbinical students studying at Leo Baeck College in London, Abraham Geiger College in Berlin, and HUC-JIR in Jerusalem.

Special Projects

Strengthens local Sisterhoods by furthering:

  • Leadership development
  • Speaker’s bureau
  • Membership/programming strategies
  • Women’s health awareness
  • Action through advocacy

And also provides:

  • Funding support to the Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center in Washington DC.
  • Funding assistance to the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism Bat Mitzvah program.

Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood Lifeline Members of Women of Reform Judaism Y.E.S. Fund

Ruth Adrian- Pearl
Faith Alexander- Silver
Elizabeth Alpert- Silver
Elena Bensonoff- Silver
Karen Bentley- Silver
Ian Bernstein- Silver
Gail Bernucca- Silver
Donna Birnholz- Silver
Rabbi Richard Birnholz- Silver(3) 
Jamie Blumenthal- Silver
Trudy Brinen-  Silver
Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro- Silver
Victoria Carr- Silver
Lindsey Dewey- Silver
Susan Eckstein- Silver
Nadine Feldman- Silver
Becky Ferrell-Anton- Silver
Rena Firestone Singer- Silver
Nellye Friedman z'l - Silver
Deborah Garber- Gold
Gayle Geagan- Silver
Betty Goldenberg- Silver
Ann Goldman- Silver
Barbara Goldman- Silver
Jerilyn Goldsmith- Silver
Andrea Graham- Silver
Jamie Haischer- Silver
Barbara Hicks- Silver
Judy Jacobson- Silver
Rena Jacobson- Silver
Faye Kahn- Silver
Rhoda Karpay z'l - Silver(2) 
Wendy Katz- Silver
Debra Kaufman- Gold
Carolyn Kurtz- Silver
Alicia LeVine- Silver
Marc LeVine- Silver
Lynne Merriam- Sapphire
Gail Meyer- Silver
Michele Miller- Silver
Cindy Minetti- Silver
Judith Mish- Silver(3) 
Carol Muroff- Gold
Jill Neuman- Silver
Lyris Newman- Gold(2) 
Lois Older- Silver
Mary Osiason- Silver
Andi Parker- Silver
Sharon Ravner- Silver
Lisa Rohatiner- Silver
Ann Rosenbach- Silver(2) 
Doris Rosenblatt- Silver
JoAnne Rosenfeld- Silver
Judith O. Rosenkranz- Gold
Deborah Rosenthal- Silver
Franci Rudolph z'l - Silver
Dawn Schocken- Silver
Pattie Schreiber- Silver
Lori Schwartz- Silver
Elaine Shimberg- Silver
Audrey Shine- Silver
Jacent Simon- Silver
Rabbi Joel Simon- Silver
Barrie Slonim- Silver
Sherry Stein- Silver
Gail Titen- Silver
Joan Wadler- Silver
Maura Weitzman- Silver
Renee Wiskup- Silver(2)
Mildred Woolf z'l - Silver
Paula Zielonka- Silver(2)