Cantor Julie Newman earned a Master of Jewish Education and received Cantorial ordination from Hebrew
College in Boston in 2017.
She is a member of the New Community Chevra Kadisha and the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Clergy Association. She has been leading Jewish worship from Pittsburgh to Singapore at Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist synagogues for more than 20 years.
A long time participant of Hava Nashira, the annual Jewish music
workshop, she works to combine the best of traditional nusach and what’s new and energizing in Jewish music. Passionate
about Jewish prayer and heart opening Jewish contemplative practices, she has been active with the Institute for Jewish
Spirituality for many years as a student and periodically as faculty. She founded Tiferet, a Jewish Spirituality Project where she
has taught Jewish mindfulness meditation since 2019. She also combines the deep wisdom of Torah texts with her yoga
practice and teaching, having received certification from the Yoga and Jewish Spirituality Teachers Training program in 2012.
Raised in Southern California, Julie originally moved to Pittsburgh for graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University, where
she received her MBA from the Tepper School of Business in 1982 and where she met her husband, Bill Klingensmith. Julie
created and filled the first position of Music Director at Temple Ohav Shalom from 1999-2007. Julie and Bill raised their kids,
Jake (30) and Ben (25) at Ohav Shalom. They live in McCandless with their fourth greyhound, Yogi.