Cantor Judy Dubin Aranoff assumed the position of Cantor of Adat Ari El in July 2015, following twelve years as Associate Cantor.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, she received a BA in Psychology, a K-12 Teaching Credential in Music and in Life Sciences, and a Master’s Degree in Music, all from UCLA. She is also a graduate of the Los Angeles Hebrew High School and studied at the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her Hazzan’s certification from the Cantor’s Assembly in 2007.
Prior to and during her work as Associate Cantor, Cantor Aranoff taught music in our Day School. She continues to work with our Day School and JLC students, teaching them both how to read Torah and how to chant and understand various tefillot.
In her pre-Adat Ari El life, she worked with the Young Musician’s Foundation and the LA Philharmonic Institute, taught at Fairfax High School and at Heschel Day School, worked as a musical director in local community theater, led High Holyday services at UCLA Hillel for over 20 years, and was the Director of the Nashir Choral Ensemble of the American Jewish University for 23 years.
In the community at large, Cantor Aranoff sits on the Board of Trustees of the LA Hebrew High School as the representative of the Cantors Assembly. She is also the Associate Conductor and a singer in the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. She is currently serving on the national Executive Council of the Cantors Assembly.
Her special love is singing Israeli songs. She has appeared numerous times singing for various organizations and at different festivals. Her recordings include a track on CA/USCJ Spirit Series Vol.7, The Spirit of Israel II, as well as on Vol. 12 of the same series, The Spirit of Hope and Healing.
Cantor Aranoff has been part of this community long before she began working here. She and her husband, Mel, became members and Shabbat regulars soon after the birth of their first child in 1984. Clergy do not often come from within the ranks of the synagogue, but she knows from experience what Adat Ari El means to its members.
Cantor Aranoff is the daughter of Rabbi Paul Dubin and of Esther Dubin, both of blessed memory, who were respected leaders in the LA Jewish community. She and Mel have two fabulous daughters, Ronit and Yael, both actors (for which they find Rabbi Rothblum and his shows partly responsible!) and who have beautifully participated in leading High Holyday services at Adat Ari El.