Cantor Arlene Frank
Arlene Frank has always made her second home in the synagogue. As a child in Irvington, New Jersey, she lived a block from the synagogue of which her grandparents were founding members. She spent nearly all her days in the synagogue. On the days that she didn’t attend Hebrew school or services, she spent her afternoons in the synagogue office helping with simple tasks, working alongside her beloved Aunt Pauline (z”l) who was executive secretary to the Rabbi and ran the synagogue office.
Arlene became very active as an older youth in Jewish youth groups such as Young Judea and USY (United Synagogue Youth), attending many functions including camps and an Israeli pilgrimage. As a teenager in Young Judea, she had the experience of serving as Hebrew Arts coordinator for her region, and it was clear to her during that time that she had a sincere love of Jewish music and dance. Though Jewish music is her first love, she has performed extensively in many other venues, including cabaret, society, and theater.
Arlene attended Brandeis University and holds a BA from NYU. She is pleased to be serving in the position of Cantor at Temple Beth El in Spring Valley, New York. Arlene notes, ‘It has not been an easy road, but one well worth traveling.’