Jewish lifecycles are a time of growth when we express ourselves through ritual. Cantor Barbra is available to serve your needs whether it is a Bar/ Bat Mitzvah for your child, your own wedding, or the naming of your child. On other occasions, Cantor Barbra conducts funerals and unveilings.


Hi Cantor Barbra,
Thank you again for everything. We were so proud of Jake yesterday! Everyone said he did an amazing job. Thanks again! Until the next one!

Sara & Glenn Buchbaum, Allendale
Sara & Glenn Buchbaum, Allendale

Dear Barbra and Cammy,
Thank you. I wanted to take some time to reflect upon Ryan and his Bar Mitzvah before sending this note to you both. I'm glad I did.

Ryan's journey in becoming a Bar Mitzvah wasn't just a few lessons that ended with a service and a party. It was much more. With your teachings and time, patience and practices, he gained a Jewish education. The time you spent working with Ryan added tremendously to the Jewish cultural experience we share as part of our Epstein Family values. I saw this when he rose proudly and confidently to share his prayers and Torah portion with the guests in our home. It was fantastic.

What really showed me that he understood what it means to be Jewish and more telling of the wonderful young man that you helped guide, was our discussion of the massacre in Pittsburgh over the past weekend. With kindness, compassion and deep thoughtfulness, we discussed what it meant to be targeted and discriminated against for your faith and beliefs. We talked about how we hoped to prevent such horror in the future. I was so sad to have the conversation with him but also optimistic that we have raised a great young man who will always respect and protect what it means to be Jewish. Appreciate your part in these life lessons.

Again, many thanks.

Julie & Eric Epstein, Saddle River

Dear Cantor Barbra,
We just want to thank you for all your help and guidance for the B’nai Mitzvah. You were such a wonderful and positive influence on the entire experience. We couldn’t have done it without you! We will all miss you.


Jane & Gregg Goldman, Leonia

hope everything is going well. I just wanted to thank you again for leading a terrific service. I had to run out quickly to change for the party so not sure if I got to say goodbye. Everyone commented how lovely the service was and Amanda ended up doing a great job too!!! Thanks so much and it was a pleasure working with you!!

Stacey & Adam, Livingston

Dear Cantor Barbra,
I still can’t believe it was exactly a week ago that we had Jason’s Bar Mitzvah! We’re still hearing from family and friends about what a phenomenal job he did and how wonderful your service was. Our family is truly blessed to have worked with you and your wonderful teacher, Galia.

You taught Jason about his Jewish heritage and prepared him so well for his Bar Mitzvah. In addition to learning the prayers and the Torah portion, he had the opportunity to explore many of the customs and traditions of the Jewish religion.

Jason had a truly wonderful experience, he was so well prepared and loved singing and speaking in Hebrew. Thanks for helping to make his Bar Mitzvah a joyous, loving and spiritual event for our entire family.

It’s been a pleasure getting to know you and we’d be happy to recommend you to other families. We’re beyond blessed and proud of Jason and will always be eternally grateful to you.

Best wishes

Glenn and Lisa, Ramsey
Glenn and Lisa, Ramsey

Cantor Barbra,
Now that we are catching our breath, we wanted to reach out with a huge thank you! Scott’s Bar Mitzvah service was perfect in every way. Thank you for working with us to capture his spirit and to provide such a spiritual service. We have heard repeatedly from family and friends that it was one of the most meaningful bar mitzvahs they have ever attended. We so appreciate the patience you showed as we worked together to find the perfect readings; one of our guests even clipped a poem from the service to keep in his wallet. We are thankful that we found you and Rivka to work with Scott as he really gained from his experience of becoming a Bar Mitzvah and has internalized and retained much of what he has learned. Bar Mitzvah Sage Allen is also quite appreciative and had high praise for you. It meant so much to him to become a Bar Mitzvah for the second time and it also meant a great deal to our family.

We thank you for all that you did and are so glad that you will be part of the memories of our most special day!

 Francine & Bruce, Towaco, NJ
Francine & Bruce, Towaco, NJ

Hi Barbra,
Thank you for making Jason's Bar Mitzvah! You did a fabulous job over the last few weeks leading up to the big day. The ceremony was actually quite beautiful from start to finish. You lead everything perfectly. Your speech about Jason was right spot on as was your singing accompanied by your guitarist!LOL. I was so proud of Jason, he did great. This was only possible through the lessons provided by your tutor, Cammy as well as you, over the last few weeks as you prepared Jason. I would highly recommend your services and once again, thank you for helping to making Jason's Bar Mitzvah most memorable.

Dan and Jen Recht
Warm regards,
Dan and Jen Recht, Hohokus

Cantor Barbra,
Thank you so much for all your work with Ethan. We are so thrilled to have found you. The weekly lessons with a wonderful tutor, on our schedule, at his speed were perfect for our son. The service was unique and warm, and it brought out the very best in our child and the beauty of our shared Jewish traditions. All of our family and friends raved about him... and about you! Thank you for making this special experience just right for our family.

The Kaufman Family
With Love,
The Kaufman Family

Cantor Barbra,
Thank you so much for preparing Bradley as he approached his Bar Mitzvah day. He learned so much through the process, was extremely well prepared, and was very comfortable with you - all of which helped him to perform wonderfully, and made the ceremony fun and memorable for him. The ceremony was beautiful and so many of our guests felt truly involved and connected. We highly recommend you!

Karin, Brian and Bradley
Karin, Brian and Bradley,
River Vale, NJ

Cantor Barbra and her staff are consummate professionals. At every step of our son's tutoring Cantor Barbra and her staff made sure he was prepared for his bar mitzvah and ready to read from the Torah. On the "big day" Cantor Barbra did a fantastic job leading the service and her dedication and hard work showed as my son read from the Torah beautifully. If you are looking for a Cantor to prepare your child for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah look no further than Cantor Barbra.

Andrew & Jana Bosin, Glen Rock

I have been meaning to write to you since Daniel's Bar Mitzvah. Thank you so much for preparing him and for leading such a wonderful service! I thought that everything was great and it turned out exactly how we wanted it. Your husband was also a big help in getting the room ready.

Stephanie & Anthony Cece, Glen Rock
Stephanie & Anthony Cece, Glen Rock

The Bat Mitzvah went very well.
Everyone complimented me on my Torah reading. No one could believe it was the first time I did this.
I told them that I had a wonderful tutor who helped and inspired me.

Thank you so much.

Donna Greenberg, Cliffside Park, grandmother of Bat Mitzvah

Dear Cantor Barbra
Thank you so much for tutoring Jake. He had a wonderful experience with you as well as Morah Barbara. You both are extremely kind and made this process enjoyable with very little stress. Jake was very prepared and couldn't ask for a better tutor and Jewish learning experience Thank you again,

 Liz and Eric Wolf, Rive Vale, NJ
Liz and Eric Wolf, Rive Vale, NJ

Cantor Barbra,
I wanted to thank you for making Sydney’s bat mitzvah service even more special than we could have imagined. We knew she was going to be spectacular, but your words were equally beautifully. I also wanted to express that working with you and Galia for the past two years was such an enjoyable experience for her. She learned such much more than her torah portion. She learned about her heritage and all the traditions that we want her to carry on in her adult life.

Thank you again for everything.

Bonni and Neil Lackstein, River Vale, NJ
Bonni and Neil Lackstein, River Vale, NJ

Dear Cantor Barbra,
Words are not enough to thank you. Your spiritual presence and guidance gave so much meaning to Maya’s bat mitzvah (and Ariana’s 3 years ago too!). We appreciate your personal and intimate approach to meeting this significant milestone for both of our children and for us as a family. We are grateful to you and will follow you if you choose to perform high holiday services in the future! You give meaning to the word “congregation”. You are able to bring a group of strangers together in a room and create a sense of warmth and community with your voice and guidance. Thank you and we will miss you and look forward to seeing you soon!

Much love,

The Resnick Family Upper Saddle River, NJ
The Resnick Family
Upper Saddle River, NJ

As you know, we originally sought a tutor to renew Alexa's interest in studying about Jewish tradition after traditional Hebrew School did not work for us. Morah Debbie not only reignited Alexa's desire to learn, but gave her the drive and reassurance to successfully study for her bat mitzvah. We also were concerned about not having a bat mitzvah service in a synagogue, but ultimately the service became so much more meaningful and intimate as Alexa was able to make it her own. We are so appreciative that the tutoring and leadership services you provided were available to make it possible and practical (and beautiful!) for our family to continue with Jewish tradition. Looking forward to our next bat mitzvah with you in a few years,

The Levine Family, Glen Rock, NJ
The Levine Family, Glen Rock, NJ

Dear Cantor Barbra,
I can't thank you enough for our son’s beautiful Bar Mitzvah service today. It was such a special ceremony. It was so warm and loving and relaxed. It was really the nicest Bar Mitzvah that I have ever attended. Our son was very relaxed and confident and happy! Everyone loved it!!!

Thank you so much again, from the bottom of our hearts!

Keep in touch!

Marjorie & David
All our best,
Marjorie & David

Dear Cantor Barbra,
We just wanted to thank you for a beautiful day. Billy's Bar Mitzvah was fantastic. Your service was just perfect. We received so many compliments. Billy's friends said that it was the best Bar Mitzvah they've gone to. Our nieces and nephews were thrilled to be included, especially when you asked them to march with the Torah. We were told that it was elegant and personalized. The pamphlets were easy to follow and allowed everyone to participate.

Also, we'd like to compliment tutor Cammy. She has a cheery and encouraging personality. A great match for Billy! He always looked forward to his lessons with her. She prepared him well for his big day.

Thank you again for a day we will never forget. Hope to see you soon - we have 2 more boys coming up through the ranks!

Seth & Arlene Chapler
Seth & Arlene Chapler,
Upper Saddle River

Dear Cantor Barbra,
We want to thank you for officiating such a beautiful Bar Mitzvah ceremony for our son Mychal. We, as well as our friends and family were so impressed with how prepared Mychal was for his ceremony- thanks to your guidance. He did such a great job and we are so proud of him!

Being a working mom, I really appreciate the in-home tutoring you provide. You are flexible with the schedule when necessary which makes things easy for us. You are always available to answer questions- whether by text, email, phone or in person- you are always very accessible and responsive.

We are happy to be working with you again for our son Ben and are looking forward to his special day.

Val and Joe Kersting
Val and Joe Kersting
Tappan, NY

Dear Cantor Barbra,
Thank you so much for a wonderful Havdalah service. The training you and Cammy gave Anna was fantastic. She led the service beautifully and we have received many compliments. Thanks again for making the process easy and enjoyable.
We look forward to working with you again!

Lauren & Marc Lewis
Lauren & Marc Lewis
Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Cantor Barbra,
Thank you so much for the amazing job you did at Jake’s Bar Mitzvah! Everyone is still talking about how wonderful the ceremony was!!! You and Rivka the tutor were so awesome! We had a beautiful day and we are so happy and proud of Jake! We have you guys to thank for all you did!!!
Take care and thanks so so much again!

Ethan & Marisa Maayan
Ethan & Marisa Maayan,
W. Caldwell

Dear Cantor Barbra,
I am forwarding many photos of my grandson Evan Liman's Bar Mitzvah on March 20, 2016. There we're 122 in attendance including 35 of his classmates, our family, and friends held at The Terrace of Biagio's in Paramus, NJ.

On behalf of all in our family we can only say we were supremely delighted & appreciative of the service you conducted!

It goes without saying that Evan was remarkably well prepared, confident, and happy. We look forward to you assisting again in his sister's Bat Mitzvah in December 2017. If there is any way we can help you feel free to let us know.
You are a pleasure to work with!

Peter & Reggie Liman
Peter & Reggie Liman
Glen Rock, NJ

Cantor Barbra,
When we first met I discussed with you that my old children were Bar Mitzvahed and I wanted Eli's to be different. We wanted it to be stress free and we wanted to enjoy the process. Well, you delivered on our request. The tutoring was perfect, Eli learned Jewish history, tradition, and was well prepared for his Bar Mitzvah. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy such an important time in our lives.

Stan and Louise Levenshus
Norwood, NJ

I used Cantor Barbra's services for my kids' B'nai Mitzvah. We initially had one of her tutors come to our home which was great and fit really well into my work schedule, as well as the kids' schedule. Having an at-home tutor allowed for a 'one on one' setting, which ensured me both kids were getting the most out of the lesson, rather than in a classroom setting where the child's mind might wander, or, the child may not speak up if he/she is not understanding all the material. Together with the tutor, the kids got exposure to Jewish culture, lifestyle, etc, as well as learning the Hebrew language, in preparation for their B'Nai Mitzvah. As we got closer to the event, Cantor Barbra came and provided the kids with much guidance and clear dedication to preparing for their B'Nai Mitzvah.

Having the lessons at the house for the last 2 ½ + years, allowed me to listen in, know exactly what the kids were getting out of the lessons, hear and feel very at ease and comfortable with the passion and commitment both Cantor Barbra and Morah Barbara (tutor) had towards making sure the kids were prepared.

I was very happy with Cantor Barbra’s delivery of the service. Very professional, caring and supportive from A to Z. I would definitely recommend her services.

Rina D’Andrea Suffern, NY
Rina D’Andrea
Suffern, NY

Dear Cantor Barbra,
We wanted to say thank you so much for the terrific ceremony you conducted at Jarrod's Bar Mitzvah. We knew first hand it was going to be great as two years prior you did Jeremy’s and that was fantastic. You and Rivkah were so dedicated to ensuring Jarrod was prepared and ready to share in leading the ceremony and we were so impressed with the outcome. Thank you again for the life long memories our family has from these two events!

Love Joe, Pam, Jeremy and Jarrod
Parsippany, NJ

Hi Cantor Barbra,
I just wanted to send you a quick note thanking you for all of your hard work preparing Julianna for her Bat-Mitzvah. I believe the last four years of studying with you has been both informative and enjoyable for her. She was completely prepared for her Bat-Mitzvah and we could not be more proud of her. Thank you for preparing her for one of the most important days of her life. She did so well, and we are so pleased with the service you provided for us. Please don't forget about Jamie!

Joe, Jodi, Julianna and Jamie Prezzia
Best Wishes,
Joe, Jodi, Julianna and Jamie Prezzia
Washington Township, NJ

Hi Cantor Barbra,
We just wanted to thank you again for officiating such a beautiful service for Hallie’s Bat Mitzvah. The service was everything we had hoped for and more.

Your private lessons and customized program really gave Hallie the individual attention she needed to feel confident and stress free leading up to and during her Bat Mitzvah.

She really enjoyed working with you and your tutors. Your guidance, patience and flexibility really helped to make her lessons enjoyable and made it easy for her achieve her goals.

It was great getting to know you personally as well. I will happily recommend your services to any family looking for a more customized Hebrew learning experience.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

Cara & Lance Roteman
Cara & Lance Roteman

My son, Yarden Mach, took bar mitzvah lessons with Cantor Barbra, as she prepared him for the big day. The lessons were great. My son knew what to practice and how. Barbra supplied all the materials and was very clear regarding the assignments for the lessons. My son, was able to recite the blessings and his parasha very well because of her guidance. In addition, Barbra led a beautiful and meaningful ceremony on the day of the bar mitzvah. It was a wonderful experience that we will never forget. I would highly recommend to use Barbra's services.

Ossi Mach
Ossi Mach,
Fair Lawn, NJ

Dear Cantor Barbra,
I just wanted to tell you how grateful Mark, Michael, Thuy and I are for the training you have given to Sophie and for the way that you ran the beautiful service last month. We are not a traditional family but a huge “blended family” that loves & respects each other. We will always treasure the memory of her bat mitzvah, and all the time and effort you gave to her to achieve it.

Mark & Thuy Flicker
Mark & Thuy Flicker
Siggy Flicker (of Real Housewives of NJ) & Michael
Campanella, Tenafly

Dear Cantor Barbra,
Thank you so much for making Haley's bat mitzvah so special. The entire process was great. Haley learned so much from your tutor Debbie, not only her torah portion and songs, but also about current events and culture. She really thrived from the one on one attention and came up to speed so quickly. On her actual bat mitzvah day she was so nervous but your warmth and good nature helped calm her down and she did a fabulous job!

Lauren & Dean Silverman
Lauren & Dean Silverman,

Dear Cantor Barbra,
Steven and I want to thank you for the incredible job you did with preparing Alana for her Bat Mitzvah. Without a doubt, it was one of the most special and memorable days of Alana’s life and it will be a memory we as a family will cherish throughout our lifetime. You were so understanding and so patient as you supported Alana to achieve her personal best. Alana did an exceptional job at her Bat Mitzvah, and more importantly, she felt so proud and elated with the whole experience. Our entire family and friends were in awe with how beautifully it all came together. Thank you so very much!!!

With much gratitude and appreciation,
Lynn and Steven Benson, Ridgewood

Hi Barbra,
Paul and I want to thank you so much for a beautiful bar mitzvah service that you officiated. Our son had a few obstacles (namely that he had 7 weeks in which to prepare) that made preparing him a bit challenging. Truthfully, I had some anxieties as to how much he would be able to learn but I was truly impressed with what you were able to teach Alex. He soaked it up and simply needed the right teacher. Correct guidance and support through the process. Yes, Alex worked hard but you provided him with the teachings and the encouragement that he could do it and he did! We are so grateful to you for having him fully prepared for his big day. The service was beautiful and we will always be indebted to you for getting him where he needed to be.

Paul and Ilana Rosenberg Saddle River, NJ
With gratitude and thanks,
Paul and Ilana Rosenberg Saddle River, NJ

Cantor Barbra,
First, I must say that you have a lovely voice and I very much enjoyed listening to you sing at my son Jake's Bar Mitzvah. You sing the prayers perfectly, and it really brings life to the ceremony. Also, you did such a wonderful job with Jake, and were always so patient with him. Ultimately, he did an excellent job with less preparation than most kids have for their Bar Mitzvah. I know a big factor in his success is your wonderful teaching and encouragement. I will surely recommend you to anyone who is looking to find a great cantor, teacher, or both!
Thank you so much for making his special day such a joyful success!

Gregg Leventhal Stony Point New York

and from the grandparents:
I just have to tell you how grateful we are for the training you have given to Jake and for the way that you ran the beautiful service yesterday. We got many compliments about your singing and the beauty of the service -- hope you had get some business from it. And, if you would ever like to use us as a reference please feel free to do so. Finally, we would also like to thank your husband for the work he did with the sound system -- it was great.

Thanks again!

Cantor Barbra,
I want to say thank you for the most beautiful service my daughter could have had for her Bat-Mitzvah. Your coaching and guidance truly paid off. We definitely made the right choice. The warmth and love felt during the service, could not have been accomplished by anyone but you.
Your voice is so beautiful, and so many of our family and friends could not stop raving about you and how intimate and personal the service felt. We look forward to planning the next one with you.

Thank you so much.
Dawn and Ken Rosenberg, New City, NY

Now that the dust settled I wanted to tell you how beautiful Josh's service was. We got so many rave reviews on how warm and intimate the ceremony felt. Your voice was beautiful and we loved working with you. Hope to see you soon. Xxoo.

Thank you for making Josh's bar mitzvah so memorable.
Andrea & Josh Shiffman, River Vale

Hi Cantor Barbra
I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful service yesterday. Everyone thought Josh did a phenomenal job and loved the fact the you made the service so intimate and personal.

Have a Happy New Year to you and your family.
Love, Stacy & Jeff Rochlin, Washington Township

Hi Cantor Barbra,
I wanted to make sure to reach out to you right away while yesterday's event is still fresh in my mind and I am still on cloud 9. We were so happy with the entire experience. The service felt so personal and warm and exactly what we were hoping to achieve in doing this in our own home. You did such a beautiful job leading the service and guiding the "congregation" in understanding and appreciating what was happening-- and with your lovely singing. It was truly meaningful to everyone and I received so many comments and compliments from our guests that they were truly engaged and touched by the experience. We were so proud of Ariana and how beautifully she led the service and know this would not have happened without your guidance!

Thank you again!
Michele and Bill, Upper Saddle River, NJ

Cantor Barbra,
A week has gone by since Noah's Bar Mitzvah and we are still feeling the excitement. We can't thank you enough for the beautiful and meaningful service. You sang so beautifully and it truly came from your heart and soul. It gave all of us chills. We have had so many phone calls, emails, and texts about how beautiful the service was and how much everyone enjoyed it. You have been a pleasure to work with and get to know and we wanted to tell u how much we appreciated how much you put into making the day so special. It was a wonderful experience being part of Jewish Life cycles and an even better experience working with you!

Thank you,
The Beverin family Glen Rock, NJ

Dear Cantor Barbra:
We just wanted to take a moment to thank you for making Jordyn's Bat Mitzvah experience such a positive and memorable one for our entire family. From our first meeting 11 months ago until the day of Jordyn's Bat Miztvah, you were always a patient, positive and inspirational teacher. You made the process of preparing for the big day seem manageable. Jordyn truly enjoyed working with you and we felt like you genuinely cared not only about her preparation but her as an individual. You took the time to get to know Jordyn as well as our entire family and that made the experience so much more personal. We were so happy to share this important milestone in our daughter's life with you.

Robyn and Jay Freedman Upper Saddle River, NJ

Dear Cantor Barbara,
We wanted to thank you so much for making Annabella's baby naming ceremony such a special event. Everyone really enjoyed the day and we could not have organized it without you!

Gregg and Vanessa Leventhal

Dear Cantor Barbra,
I just wanted to thank you so much for beautiful Bar Mitzvah Ceremony you performed for my son Matthew. I can’t imagine the difficulty of teaching a student who does not know any Hebrew much less having them read from the Torah, but you managed to do that with Matthew with such ease. It takes a great deal of patience and dedication to be able to do what you do. I have family who attend temple on a regular basis and they could not say enough about the wonderful job you did. I hope your still performing ceremonies in another 6 years so can teach my other son.

Thanks Again For Everything !!
The Posillipo Family Garnerville, NY

Dear Cantor Barbra,
I would like to thank you for the care you took of my daughter through her two years of bat mitzvah studies. We were very grateful for your perseverance, your expertise, and your guidance as she learned about the Torah, the commitment to Judaism, and the joy that it all brings, as she studied for this wonderful celebration. Her religious studies with you were invaluable to all of us, and most of all when we heard how beautifully she read from the Torah. We will always treasure the memory of her bat mitzvah, and all the time and effort you gave to her to achieve it.

Thank you!

Hi Cantor Barbra,
Just a note to thank you again for such a beautiful, warm, and personal ceremony. You helped to make such a significant day spiritual and warm at the same time. Thank you for all of the years that you've helped prepare Jack for yesterday.

Our best,
Alison and Adam

Our daughter Hayley studied with Cantor Barbra for approximately 18 months before her bat mitzvah. Barbra did a wonderful job teaching Hayley Hebrew and Jewish history. In addition, Barbra was always reliable, flexible, and committed to teaching . As parents, Barbra's flexibility and organization made the process very easy for us. She obtained the necessary reading/study materials, sent email homework updates, and even skyped a few sessions when Hayley wasn't available. Despite the fact that Hayley didn't attend formal Hebrew school she learned a tremendous amount. We don't feel she missed out on anything by having tutoring sessions with Cantor Barbra at home rather than in a class at a temple. Barbra performed a beautiful bat mitzvah service at our house and Hayley did beautifully. Both received many compliments after the service. If Hayley weren't our last child we would definitely use Barbra again. We highly recommend her.

Barbara and Steve Litwin Upper Saddle River, NJ

Cantor Barbra assisted in preparing my son for his Bar Mitzvah. She was lovely to work with and very organized. Her patience and kindness made my son very comfortable learning the materials for his special day. The Cantor orchestrated a service that was meaningful and included all of our requests.

Thank you so much Cantor Barb!
Michele and Adam Holzer

I cannot rave enough about the incredible experience not only our son had with Cantor Barbra, but one that was also enjoyed by our entire family. Although I come from a very traditional religious educational background, I was introduced to Cantor Barbra as an option that would fit well into my family dynamics and my family's needs. Her warmth and passion to sharing her love of Judaism with my children was apparent from the start. The beauty of her voice filled my home each week, and I loved being able to be the "fly on the wall", listening as my son was learning about the traditions of Judaism and the prayers that have comforted me since I was a child. I marveled how much knowledge that she imparted in my son in less than two years. Under Cantor Barbra's tutelage, not only did my son master both his Torah and Haftorah portions, but he learned many of the prayers from the Havdalah service and was able to lead our family in them. My husband and I could not have been more proud on the day of his Bar Mitzvah! Most cherishable was the fact that we were able to have his Bar Mitzvah at our home with the presence of our immediate family -- the intimate setting that we most desired and which most fit our son's personality and desires. It was an evening that we are all still raving about! I can't thank Cantor Barbra enough for her part in creating a night that we will always remember and for helping to ignite in our son a love of his heritage!

Alisa and Ken Jacobson

Cantor Barbra made a memory that will last a lifetime. With our daughter not knowing any Hebrew, Cantor Barbra taught her how to read from the Torah, sing lovely prayers and make her family glow with such pride. Cantor Barbra is the sweetest person to work with, always accommodating with having the utmost patience and a beautiful singing voice. Since my family comes from the traditional way of a Bat Mitzvahs of having the ceremony in a temple, I had some relatives skeptical of how "our" ceremony would be having it in a hotel. Let's just say, that it is one month later and I still have family and friends complimenting me on how wonderful the ceremony was. Cantor Barbra made everyone feel important and part of the ceremony. She included everything of a traditional Bat Mitzvah and more. My husband and I are so proud of our daughter for the amazing job that she did on becoming a Bat Mitzvah and we will always be so grateful to Cantor Barbra for making it all happen.

All our best,
April, Tom and Brittany Pomroy Parsippany, NJ

Cantor Barbra did a wonderful job in preparing our son for his bar mitzvah. She created a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our family as she lead a beautiful service and made it inclusive for everyone. In preparing for the day, over 18+ months, Cantor Barbra got to know our son, made time to talk about his beliefs, and our beliefs about Judaism, and was always respectful and open. In the service, her comments about him and her sermon were meaningful and sincere. Always prepared, whether in person or via Skype, her sessions were focused, fast paced and easy-spirited. We recommend Cantor Barbra without hesitation.

Janice & David, Wyckoff
Janice & David, Wyckoff

Cantor Barbra presided over our daughter (and niece's) joint baby naming. She did a wonderful job creating a program that was reflective of our whole family and who we would like our daughter to be. Barbra's choice of prayers, readings, poems was thoughtful and articulated all the emotions and hopes we could not otherwise express. We can't wait for her to do our second baby naming!

Michael and Lindsay, proud parents of Emma

Cantor Barbra spent approximately fifteen months with my son, with a number of breaks for holidays and vacations. In that time, she taught my son Hebrew from start to finish and prepared him for his Bar mitzvah. My son had only a very rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew before that, so essentially Cantor Barbra took him in as a total beginner. The final result was amazing. He did so beautifully at his Bar mitzvah - chanted his Torah portions flawlessly, helped to lead the blessings and songs, and presented his speech like a pro. Moreover, Cantor Barbra has a beautiful singing voice, which made the service that much richer and more enjoyable. Finally, Cantor Barbra was gracious in helping us to incorporate all the special elements we wanted to have in our particular service, in order to make the service our own and unique to our family. I highly recommend her!

Rachel Block-Spaulding
Montclair, NJ

Dear Cantor Barbra,
I must congratulate you on a wonderfully spiritual Bar Mitzvah that you gave to Nolan, his family and the entire congregation. I truly was touched by your words, your beautiful explanations and your genuine sincerity that was so evident. Nolan was superb and I can only hope that this experience will show HIM how to continue to succeed even when it almost feels impossible.

Jeanne Krausman, pianist, synagogue accompanist, and B'nai Mitzvah tutor, Montclair, NJ

Thank you again for all your work with Natalie leading up to her Bat Mitzvah.
It's a day that we'll never forget.
Your service was beautiful and we received a lot of comments from our guests on how impressed they were with you and the service.
We look forward to referring you to other people.

Mitch Gurland , Wyckoff

Cantor Barbra is truly amazing. She prepared my daughter for her Bat Mitzvah and the results were amazing. Cantor Barbra is kind, patient and very insightful. My daughter was very prepared and Cantor Barbra performed an incredible service as well. If you are looking for an outstanding Cantor to assist in any way... Look no further than Cantor Barbra Lieberstein!!

Eric Zellman, New City, NY

Dear Cantor Barbra,
A world of thanks for the time and dedication you spent with Jeremy over the last 11 months preparing him for that special day. From the time we first met with you we knew that we made the right choice and were so happy with the results! The rehearsal ceremony really hit home and showed how deeply moved Jeremy was with the entire preparation of becoming a bar mitzvah. The actual ceremony could not have gone better and you did an amazing job at leading the service. We received many compliments about the service and we owe it all to you!
Thank you so much and we look forward to beginning another journey with you as we prepare Jarrod for his Bar Mitzvah.

Love - Joe, Pam, Jeremy and Jarrod, Parsippany, NJ

Dear Cantor Barbra,
Thank you so much for helping make our daughter's bat mitzvah such a special day in our lives. Your patience, kindness and experience truly proved that you are the best of the best. Everyone complimented us on how professional you were and how beautiful the service you orchestrated was.
Thank you again for such a wonderful experience that we will always remember.

Love, The Safchik Family, Closter, NJ

Hi Cantor Barbra,
I wanted to say thanks again for the amazing job you did with Jed and the beautiful service you led. It was a great experience for all of us. And so many people told us that it was the most meaningful Bar Mitzvah service they had ever been to.
Looking forward to seeing you again in the spring in preparation of Libby's Bat Mitzvah!

Loren Gary, Jed, & Libby Perler, Mountain Lakes, NJ

Dear Cantor Barbra,
It has been a pleasure and privilege having you work with our daughter, Rachel over the past 10 months in preparation for her Bat Mitzvah. When you first came to our house, you made us feel at ease with your warmth and smile. We just knew that having you tutor Rachel was going to be the right decision. Well, we could not be happier…Rachel’s bat mitzvah was just wonderful and you guided her to reach her full potential and we could not be prouder of Rachel’s achievement. It was the best decision for Rachel to be privately tutored in preparation for her Bat Mitzvah and she thrived and achieved so much with you. Under your guidance, Rachel helped lead the service, chanted 3 Torah portions and wrote and recited a speech about her interpretation of her Torah portion and the mitzvot that she performed. The service was special, personal and exuded warmth and love. Rachel was the first of your students to read from your new Torah. Seeing the confidence and growth in Rachel over the months that you worked with her and then on her bat mitzvah day was a parents dream come true.
Thank you so, so much.

Warmest regards,
Wendy and Steven Karow, Hillsdale, NJ

Cantor Barbra,
Thank you again for naming Ava Lily Handelman, the ceremony was gorgeous! We loved the entire process, and the fact that you made it so easy to understand. You have a beautiful singing voice! The baby naming package you put together was perfect, and my entire family had a wonderful time at the event. Thank you! If you need to quote us on your web page, PLEASE DO! Health and Happiness to your family. Shalom

The Handelman's, Tappan, NY

We could not have been happier with how our baby naming for our daughter went. Our family is still talking about how beautiful the ceremony was. We were thoroughly impressed with how hard Cantor Barbra worked to make sure the service was absolutely perfect and individualized for us. She made sure that each of our family members were a part of our daughter's special day. It was truly memorable and we will never forget that day.

Jeff and Jess, Mahwah, NJ

Hi Cantor Barbra,
Thank you so much for making Danielle's Bat Mitzvah service such an incredible moment in our lives! We were so proud of Danielle , and know that it was possible thanks to you!!!! The service went amazingly perfect!!!!!! Thanks for all your time and hard work to get Danielle ready!!!!

Warren, Sheryl, and Danielle Schinderman Closter, NJ

Hi Cantor Barbra
I would like to thank you so much for a beautiful ceremony. The girls did a fantastic job and I'm so proud of them. I thank you for your professionalism, your thoughtfulness, and your unbelievable ability to transform a ballroom into a sacred space, which is not an easy task. Your service was impeccable, with such feeling of warmth and love. I cannot thank you enough for this. People couldn't stop talking about the service and how touching and moving it was. They all couldn't believe you were able to accomplish such an unbelievable goal in such a short time and how amazing the girls did. No cheat sheets... They read the Hebrew and from their speeches they understood their torah portion and were able to speak about it. I once again thank you for a wonderful job. Without you, this day never would have become a reality. I wish you and your family all good things in the future.

Allison Hertz, Wyckoff, NJ

A friend recommended Cantor Barbra for our baby naming ceremony and we could not have been happier with her work. She was extremely creative, flexible, and accommodating. I live in California and Barbra was willing to work with me through email and on my limited time schedule. Without even knowing me that well, she came up with a ceremony that was exactly what I was looking for. A few months later people are still commenting that it was the most beautiful baby naming they have ever been to. My family and I are grateful that we found Cantor Barbra - she gave us the perfect baby naming ceremony for our little angel.

Tracy Sirota
San Francisco, CA

We want to thank you for preparing our son for his Bar Mitzvah. We are truly honored that you provided our intimate service at our home. My entire family thanks you as well. What you accomplished and prepared our son for in such a short time was truly AMAZING! You made a difference in all of our lives. For years and years I was researching temples, tutors to find the right fit for Stephen. You were the missing piece to our puzzle. When we first met you we felt a great presence and energy from you.

I really needed someone that would motivate, inspire Stephen to want to learn Hebrew. Within a few minutes of meeting you, we both felt like you were the one. Stephen also told us that he was comfortable with your warm, friendly, welcoming personality. I felt so lucky that we had found you on Google. It was definitely a precious gift.

From week to week I saw tremendous growth when you came to our house over the past few months. Stephen would always, or at least tried his best to be prepared. I saw that he was taking an interest in what you were teaching him. Learning a language for Stephen honestly is a very challenging task. I honestly am not sure how you did it, but he just started becoming focused and motivated to learn the material. There was nothing I had to do; you took care of everything from A to Z. You are very organized, consistent and we truly believe that you had a general interest in Stephen's well being. We knew you cared and that your personality made a difference. I know that you were not only proud of Stephen's hard work as much as we were, but you really went above and beyond to make everything right. You absolutely love what you do, and it shows.

The service was so beautiful. You have a beautiful voice, like an angel. To have you sing and perform the service in our home was an honor. We were so impressed of Stephen's chanting, as well as his pronunciation of the Hebrew. Also the way you taught him to read the Torah was wonderful. We love how you made everyone feel special that day, including my 7-year-old daughter Emily whose task was to dress and undress the Torah. Stephen is very proud of himself. He has accomplished a great task, matured, and he is a "mensch". He is a man capable of being and doing anything that he puts his mind to.

I highly recommend Barbra for ALL of your Jewish Religious needs. She will come through from beginning to end with a smile. You can really count on her to take care of everything and support and guide you through it all. Cantor Barbra, you made this special day 10-10-10 possible for us , and we will always be grateful to you. Thank you, and we will miss you.

Stacy and Jeff Ross, Suffern, NY

My entire family wants to thank you from the bottom our hearts for the “miracle” you accomplished by preparing my son, Adam for his Bar-Mitzvah. We never felt so proud as when Adam was on the bimah, saying his prayers so confidently. We all know how hard it was to accomplish this goal. Adam has some special problems and after years of attending a local synagogue, it became apparent that he could not go forward with the Hebrew class.

We tried various other teachers, but it was always the same, Adam learned very little. But when you were retained, everything changed. Adam’s attitude, originally defiant and lacking any interest in learning his obligation, turned quickly into a goal that he personally wanted to succeed. I am not sure how you did it; you both worked very hard and on that day, at the bimah I could not only see the glow in his and his mother’s face, but I saw the glow in your face.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Moses, Nelly and Adam Apsan, Saddle River, NJ

We just want to thank you again for helping our son reach such an important milestone in his life! We know that without your support, patience, and gentle guidance Zach would not have learned his Bar Mitzvah material. We enjoyed watching his growth weekly over the past year and have to say we miss seeing you. We are so thrilled with the Bar Mitzvah service you led the day of Zach's Bar Mitzvah that we would be honored to be a reference for other families in the future. Please keep in touch and have a wonderful summer!

With Love, Dary and Mark Rogers, Mahwah, NJ

Traditional Hebrew School was not working out for our 11 yr old son. After months and months of fighting and aggravation we withdrew him from the school with nowhere to turn and a lot of uncertainty. I stumbled upon Cantor Barbra's web site and arranged a meeting. After meeting with her and our son, we knew our problems were over! We set up a schedule and within the first lesson my son became interested in Hebrew and Torah learning again! She was flexible and open minded to our specific needs. Cantor Barbra came to our home every week and took care of all the details, big and small. It could not have been easier and Zach's Bar Mitzvah finally seemed like a happy event to look forward to. Our family and friends said that they had never been to a Bar Mitzvah so full of meaning and joy! It was wonderful and he had a big smile on his face the whole time. We know for a fact this would never have happened had we not met Cantor Barbra. We cannot recommend her highly enough. She comes to your home, which is so convenient with all of our busy schedules. Cantor Barbra made this special day possible for us and we will forever be grateful.

Marni & Ira Kaplan, River Vale, NJ

My wife and I decided that we were going to have our son Alec receive private lessons for his Bar Mitzvah. After speaking to several people I was reading the Jewish Standard Newspaper and found Cantor Barbra. After speaking with her for 5 minutes I knew she was the perfect person to prepare my son for his Bar Mitzvah. My son loves the lessons each week and now understands what it is to be Jewish. Cantor Barbra’s teaching methods are perfect for my son and I cannot believe how fast he is learning to read Hebrew. Finding Cantor Barbra was a blessing for my son and my family.

Steve and Becky Pensky, Montvale, NJ

Thank you so much for making our wedding even more beautiful and special. I'm still hearing comments about how beautifully you officiated at our wedding, and about how beautiful your voice is. We can't wait until we have children so you could officiate at their namings!

All the best,
Rachel & Doug Dobriner, New York City, NY

My mother passed away a year ago and we needed to have the unveiling for her. I asked Cantor Barbra if she knew of anyone that could perform the ceremony for us and she replied that she could. I knew immediately that the ceremony would be special because she is a sweet, loving and sincere person. On the agreed upon day, she arrived promptly and was fully prepared to lead the ceremony for us. I remember her asking us for our memories of my mother and before you knew it everyone had something to say. For those there who couldn’t read Hebrew she made it easier for them by having transliterations of the prayers available. Cantor Barbra made the unveiling a warm and special time for my family and I and we thank her.

Steve and Becky Pensky, Montvale, NJ