Cantor Erica Lippitz, one of the first women to be invested as Hazzan by the Jewish Theological Seminary, has been the Hazzan of Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange, NJ, since 1987. She has performed and taught Jewish folk music nationally for two decades, including performing and recording as part of the singing group Beged Kefet.
Valeriya Tuz graduated summa cum laude from St. Petersburg Music Pedagogical College in 1991 with a double major in choral conducting and piano and a minor in voice. She has worked as a music director at Fairleigh Dickinson University, a chorus teacher at Villa Walsh Academy in Morristown, NJ, and with a local choir, “The Salon Singers”. Currently she teaches voice and piano in Maplewood, NJ.