Dr. Barbara Kessler
Dr. Barbara Kessler and her family have been active members of Temple Sholom since they moved to New Milford in 1966. Barbara first started singing in the choir at Temple Sholom just after her Bat Mitzvah. She attended the UAHC Kutz Camp for two summers during her high school years, where she studied beginning songleading. Using the skills she acquired at camp; she began songleading in Temple Sholom's religious school, until she left for Brandeis University.
As a member of the Reform Jewish group of Brandeis Hillel, Barbara served as Friday night service co-ordinator and occasionally led services with her guitar. While attending Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, she led monthly Reform services at MSU's Hillel House. Barbara practiced veterinary medicine full time for 10 years while living in Wallingford, Connecticut. There, she was active in leading services at Beth Israel synagogue, and songleading at the Waterbury Community Religious School under the leadership of Roz Koch.
Barbara rejoined the High Holiday choir at Temple Sholom when she moved back home to Danbury in 1999. She and Jill Weiss were asked by Rabbi Koch (z'l) to take leadership of the choir in 2005 - and they have been a team ever since. Barbara has been leading singing at Friday night services monthly for the last two years, as well as serving as cantorial soloist for the High Holy Days.
Barbara teaches biology at Brookfield High School, and works as a relief veterinarian in the summer months. She also sings with Kol Rinah, the Jewish Community Chorale of Westchester, and performs in local community theater.