Cantor Tanya Greenblatt

about me

Cantor Tanya Greenblatt serves Congregation Beth Am in Tampa, FL. She and her family becamemembers of the congregation, and she was a regular presence on the bimah, before she joined the clergy team in 2019. She has previously served congregations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and throughout Florida; most notably Temple Israel in Tallahassee, Florida (2004 - 2011.) As a full-time parent from 2015 - 2018, she travelled frequently to serve as visiting Cantor or Cantor in Residence for various congregations throughout Florida. She was a regular presence on the bimah at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando, and at Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs,
where she was also High Holy Day Cantor for two years. Prior to Temple Beth Orr, she was the High Holy Day Cantor in Residence for two
years at Temple Israel of Greater Miami.
Upon graduating cum laude from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Cantor Greenblatt studied at the Jerusalem and New York campuses of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, earning a Master of Sacred Music degree from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and Ordination as a Cantor in May 2003. Her Master’s project was entitled “Shalshellet Ha’Shirah, Noah Schall, a Living Link in the Chain of Hazzanic Tradition.” As a student, she was awarded the ACC Cantorial Prize, Guild of Temple Musicians Prize, Cantor Walter Davidson Prize and Cantor Brian Miller Memorial Award to a student who has shown a great love for and excelled in the art of traditional Chazzanut.
Cantor Greenblatt was on the officer team (secretary 2010 – 2013) of the American Conference of Cantors, the professional organization of Reform Jewish Cantors, of which she has also been an Executive Board member (2006 – 2010), chair of its Social Action and Justice Committee and representative to the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism (2005 – 2010) and member of its Nominations Committee (2004), as well as several other committees and task forces. She was a member of the HUC-JIR DFSSM Alumni Association Leadership Council (2008 – 2010), and the North Florida representative to the URJ Southeast Council Social Action Committee (2006 – 2011). From 2005–2007 she served on the board of directors (president 2007) of Florida Impact, an organization dedicated to reducing hunger and poverty in Florida by enlisting the people of Florida to secure justice for and with those whose economic rights have not been realized.
In every community she has served, she has been active in Interfaith activities, representing her congregations and the Jewish community at local and state events, taking particular pride in working collaboratively with other clergy to give voice to those whose voices would otherwise not be heard. Previous and ongoing affiliations include the Zamir Choral Foundation, Cantor’s Assembly, FOCAS (Florida Organization of Cantors, Associates and Soloists), Kol Hazzanim (the Westchester, NY Community of Cantors,) NATE (National Association of Temple Educators) and Hadassah. She is an active member of BACA, the Tampa Bay Area Cantorial Association, and performs regularly in concerts of Jewish and secular music. When JFF (Jewish Fertility Foundation) expanded to Tampa last year, her personal experience and passion for this issue compelled her to join its advisory committee. 


Cantor Greenblatt lives in Tampa with her husband, Scott, their children, Joshua, Michael and Theodore, and their dogs, Virgil and Lance.

She has been composing original Jewish music, mostly based on liturgical texts, for nearly two decades. Many of these contemporary settings were commissioned for special events in families’ and congregations’ lives. In 2013 she launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her first album. In collaboration with Orlando producer and arranger John Marsden (Beth Schafer, Natalie Young,) she recorded seven original songs, which make up 

the album Shirei Nafshi, Songs of My Soul