Rabbi Dr. Janet B. Liss, is a spiritual leader who involves herself in every aspect of Temple life, including worship, personal counseling, life cycle observances, and study programs. Rabbi Liss teaches our Confirmation Class and our Post Confirmation Class and many different adult education programs. She is also the director of our Hebrew School program.
Rabbi Liss joined our Congregation in 1996 after having served as the associate Rabbi at Temple Kol Ami in Plantation, Florida. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1988. Rabbi Liss has a BA in Jewish Studies from American University, an MA in Hebrew Literature from Columbia University where she completed doctoral coursework in Hebrew Language and Literature and a Doctorate of Ministry from Hebrew union College- Jewish Institute of Religion.
Rabbi Liss plays an active role in local and national Jewish and interfaith organizations. She is president of the North Shore Clergy Group. She is on the Community Advisory Board of North Shore- LIJ Hospital-in Glen Cove, the Community Advisory Board for the BioGene Bank Research Project at the North Shore LIJ Health System and she is currently a Human Rights Commissioner for Nassau County. Rabbi Liss is active in the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Women’s Rabbinic Network. She is a member of the Long Island Temple Educators organization.
Student Cantor Jenna McMillan
I am so thankful and overjoyed to be the new student Cantor at North Country Reform Temple, and hope that I can become a part of your tightknit family as fast as you’ll allow me. I am privileged to sing alongside Rabbi Liss and spend my Friday nights and holidays praying and worshiping through song together. I hope that we can fulfill Heschel’s words when he said, “Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.” We can dwell on his words by being and living a year together as we foster a holy, vibrant, Jewish environment.
I am a 2nd year Cantorial Student at Hebrew Union College, and completed my year in Israel this May. This was a year of great growth as a vocalist and as a spiritual person of the Jewish faith, as I got to explore Jerusalem, rife with synagogues and Jewish people of all walks of life. My highlights included getting to lead a Shacharit service at the Egalitarian section of the Western Wall, and volunteering in a community garden with all Israelis who challenged my Hebrew skills and made me a part of their community.
I grew up in Wixom, Michigan and went to the University of Michigan for my undergraduate degree, dual major Anthropology and Judaic Studies. I was also very involved in an a Capella group there, the Sopranos, and eventually became the President in my senior year. I graduated from U of M and was in Israel three weeks later for the beginning of my graduate studies, and I have no intention of slowing down now! I just completed a summer at the JCC ofDetroit, working as the Judaica specialist and leading Havdalah and Shabbat programming with the campers every week.
I am eager to share my passion of Jewish music and worship with you as a congregation, and to get to know each one of you individually as we engage in a year of learning together!