- Gender: Female
- Personal Status: Other relative of intermarried/interfaith partner, Child of Interfaith Parents
Naomi is originally from a small town in West Virginia and the closest synagogue was 70 miles away. She went to Hebrew school weekly but her search for Jewish connection is what helped her decide to become a cantor and move to Philadelphia to attend Gratz College. She graduated in 2011 with her Masters in Cantorial Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Education.
In 2012 she was a part of the Tribe 12 Fellowship which is a five-month program based in Philadelphia that enables young, Jewish, socially-minded entrepreneurs to turn their envisioned projects into reality. She founded the business BeMitzvah’d which offers one source for all the needs of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah service. This includes Hebrew, Torah/Haftorah, learning prayers, and additional touches like musical accompaniment and inspiring the child to create a personal prayer book, plus a cantor to conduct the service. The goal of BeMitzvah’d is to make preparing for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah fun and engaging and an enjoying the entirety of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process.
In addition to BeMitzvah’d, Naomi also officiates weddings.