Congregation Beth Shalom

Cantor Hasha Musha Perman

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Cantor Hasha Musha Perman was born in Washington, D.C. Music, especially Jewish music, was an integral part of her home. Both her mother and grandmother inspired her interest in Yiddish and Klezmer musical traditions. Vocal gifts have passed through four generations of Jewish women, including her daughter Lily, a Chicago-based singer-songwriter.

Hasha has worked in the arts since her graduation in Theatre, Cum Laude, University of Maryland, primarily with StoneAge Theatre in San Francisco and Children’s Radio Theatre in Washington, D.C. Her M.A, Art and Journalism, Ohio University, developed her skills in graphic design and illustration. While freelancing in Chicago, she began singing for Jewish women’s organizations. At that time, Chicago became a haven for award-winning Jewish musicians from Russia. With the support of the Jewish Vocational Service, Hasha connected with these brilliant musicians to create Hasha Musha and The Kiev Klezmers, a five-member ensemble performing throughout the Chicagoland area. Her one-woman show “More Than Chicken Soup” toured the U.S., accompanied by a Klezmer trio.

While performing at Holstein’s Folk Club on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Hasha realized that her love of Jewish music and culture could blossom in a synagogue setting. She began a ten year process to become a certified Cantor. She studied locally with outstanding Cantors and Hazzanim while taking classes at the Hebrew Seminary for The Deaf. After passing exams at the School of Sacred Music, Hebrew Union College and the Cantors Assembly, she realized her goal and was certified as a Cantor in both the Reform and Conservative movements.

She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the city of Chicago, Skokie, as well as the prestigious Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award. She is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality Leadership Training for Cantors and continues to study with the Hevraya, a special program for Rabbis and Cantors.

Hasha’s cantorial career began at Congregation Beth Shalom in 1990. After five years at Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, she returned to CBS. She is grateful to have the opportunity to continue to grow with CBS. She has initiated concerts, Purim Shpiels, and Master Classes. She wrote and illustrated a Tu B’Shvat Hagada. She has taught many classes including the growing number of Adult B’nai Mitzvah who commit to her nine month course of study. As the Music Director and Cantor of CBS she has seen the CBS Festival Choir grow to twenty five members which welcomes participants of all ages. The congregation has been supportive of her eclectic musical tastes which features 400 years of Jewish music during the Yamim No’ra’im, the High Holy Days.

Her son Jesse, is an honor student at George Washington University.

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