Cantor Carrie Barry

Cantor Carrie Barry comes to Temple Shaarei Shalom from Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville where she served as their cantor for the past four years. With over 15 years of experience, Cantor Barry brings to her cantorate a warmth of heart and disposition, creativity and innovation, strong vocal skills with the ability to sing in a variety of styles, inspiring worship and song leadership, musical and Judaic teaching skills for all levels and outstanding competence as co-clergy for all life cycle events.

Cantor Barry is not a stranger to Palm Beach County. She spent ten years as the cantor of Temple Beth Torah in Wellington where she instituted a number of programs including Cantorial concerts and a “Rock Your Soul Shabbat” monthly worship service with a band made up entirely of talented temple members.  She has written and directed numerous musical Purim spiels including such titles as Little Orphan Esther and Little Shop of Torahs.

Raised in Coral Springs, Cantor Barry had the distinction of being named a National Merit Scholar and attended Vassar College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Religion with both General and Departmental Honors.  Upon graduation, Cantor Barry entered the  Reform Movement’s seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, in New York City.  She spent her first year of study at the College-Institute campus in Jerusalem and during the remaining four years of cantorial training, she spent a portion of her time serving congregations in New Jersey and Illinois as a student cantor.

At Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion she received the Rabbi Jill Kreitman Prize in Homiletics, the Kreitman Prize in History, the Cantor George Weinflash Sh’liach Tzibbur Award, the Cantorial Alumni Association Prize and the Cantor Norman Summers Award for Excellence in Studies.  Upon graduation, she received her Master of Sacred Music (MSM) degree and Ordination as Cantor.

Cantor Barry is thrilled to be back in South Florida. She lives in Boynton Beach with her husband Ian and their two sons Blake and Eli.  The Barry Family is very excited to join Temple Shaarei Shalom and is looking forward to forging new and lasting relationships with our congregational family.

Jay LevineCantor Carrie Barry