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Hazzan Sered-Lever

A native of Wilmette, IL, Hazzan Jodi M. Sered-Lever earned a B.A. from Columbia University in New York and a B.A. from the Albert List College of Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She subsequently received her investiture from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at JTS. She also holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Education at JTS.

Through her interactions, Hazzan Sered-Lever strives to make sure that each person knows that they are cared about, and that what each person thinks and how they feel are valued.  Every individual is created b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.  Each one of us deserves to experience that Divine spark from within and feel it radiate back from those around us.

She is passionate about building a community of sacred relationships. She believes that creating a community where people introduce themselves to each other and come to know one another is the beginning. Next, relationships grow and develop. At the same time, everyone appreciates there is always room for more people so the cycle begins again with each new connection. The beauty is in the weaving of the presence of each person into the communal tapestry.

Hazzan Sered-Lever has served the Tampa Jewish community since 2006.  Prior to coming to Florida, she served congregations in North Brunswick, NJ and Kansas City, MO.

Hazzan Sered-Lever participates enthusiastically in the larger Jewish community. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Jewish Family Services. For several years, she has participated in the Jewish Community Center Preschool’s Friday morning Shabbat program on a monthly basis. She has enjoyed singing periodically for the residents of Weinberg Village. She is an active member of the Bay Area Cantorial Association.

A stalwart fan of all of her Chicago sports teams, Hazzan Sered-Lever is married to Rabbi Aaron M. Lever.  Rabbi Lever, also a JTS graduate, is a Board Certified Chaplain. They are the proud and blessed parents of a daughter, Shayna Renée Sered-Lever.

Read Hazzan Sered-Lever's 5776 Rosh Hashanah Sermon on Living In the Present here.

Read Hazzan Sered-Lever's 5776 Yom Kippur Sermon on Meeting People Where They Are here.

Read Hazzan Sered-Lever's 5775 Rosh Hashanah Sermon on Authenticity here.

Read Hazzan Sered-Lever's 5775 Yom Kippur Sermon on Responsibility here.

Read Hazzan Sered-Lever's 5774 Rosh Hashanah Sermon on Prayer here.

Read Hazzan Sered-Lever's 5774 Yom Kippur Sermon on Forgiveness here.

 

 

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