Cantor Julie Berlin was born and raised in Flossmoor, Illinois, first finding her love for Jewish music in her Temple’s choir as a young girl. After studying voice and piano as a teenager, she studied at the University of Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. During her undergraduate studies, she also served as a student teacher in music at several elementary and Jr. High schools in the Chicago area.
Cantor Berlin began her studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Jerusalem in 1992 and continued at the New York campus in the fall of 1993. She served as student Cantor in two Pennsylvania congregations, Temple Ohev Sholom in Harrisburg, and Anshe Hesed Congregation in Erie. While studying at HUC-JIR’s School of Sacred Music, she also enrolled in the college’s School of Education. She earned a Master’s of Arts in Sacred Music and was ordained as Cantor in 1996, and earned a Master’s of Arts in Religious Education in 1997. While completing her education degree, she also worked as a Cantor/Educator at Temple Israel in Manhattan.
Cantor Berlin shared her talents with Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, Arizona, beginning in 1997, teaching in the Preschool and Religious School, as well as tutoring Bar/Bat Mitzvah students. She served Temple Solel as its Cantor from 1998 to 2008. Cantor Berlin has served Temple Beth-El since 2008. Cantor Berlin serves the greater San Antonio community as well by serving on the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio Commission as well as the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) Board. She also serves on the Board of the American Conference of Cantors.
Cantor Berlin is married to Rabbi Alan Berlin, and they are the proud parents of Daniel, Hannah, and Jordan. Jordan is a senior at Churchill HS, Hannah is a junior at Hendrix College and Daniel recently graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas – Hook ’em Horns!