Shira Ginsburg is a Cantor, actress, singer, and songwriter who has toured the country extensively with her one-woman musical, Bubby's Kitchen, which premiered to rave reviews in New York City in 2016.
Cantor Shira Ginsburg holds the distinguished title of Cantor Emerita of East End Temple where she served as Senior Cantor for 18 years.
As founding Cantor, she developed a revolutionary co-clergy model, leading the synagogue in vision, community, and prayer, created and facilitated the b’nei mitzva program, developed the EET Artist in Residence series and new synagogue songbook, directed the professional quartet and chamber ensemble for the High Holidays, and performed countless concerts of Yiddish, Chazzanut, American Classics, and Broadway to delighted audiences.
Cantor Shira Ginsburg has performed on stages in Israel, England, and all over the United States. She has released five albums, most recently a collaboration with Grammy award winner Ben Wisch, 'I Will Cover You.' Her previous albums include her original release entitled 'Maybe,' a separate collaboration with award winning songwriter Michael Hunter Ochs, 'Cantor Shira Ginsburg Sings the Songs of Michael Hunter Ochs', as well as being featured on the albums of Gerard Edery and Noah Aaronson. All albums are available on all streaming platforms. Cantor Ginsburg is also the chosen soloist for The Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation at numerous benefits and is featured in their documentary The Reunion.
Cantor Shira Ginsburg is the recipient of the 2019 Lev Aryeh, Heart of a Lion Award from the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation, Women of Reform Judaism Award, Cantorial Alumni Association Prize, and Sylvia Davidson Memorial Award for extraordinary diligence in mastering Chazzanut.
Cantor Shira Ginsburg earned her Masters and Cantorial degrees, and ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion as a Messinger Scholar and MFA from Syracuse University's Musical Theatre program. Prior to Cantorial studies, she received her BFA from Syracuse University's Drama and Musical Theatre program.
Cantor Shira Ginsburg serves on the Jewish Partisans Education Foundations Young Leadership Board, is an annual panelist on the Gerecht Institute for Conversion, and teaches Holocaust studies in middle and high school classrooms across the five boroughs as a founding member of 3rd Generation Holocaust Survivors program ‘We Educate’ in partnership with Facing History Facing Ourselves. Cantor Shira Ginsburg has been a guest lecturer at Hebrew Union College, and Moishe House, and has served on the Israel Task Force at the UJA. She also mentors and coaches Cantorial students at Hebrew Union College.