Rabbi Nancy Tunick is a Nashville, TN based Rabbi, cantorial soloist and composer who has served congregations in Philadelphia, PA; Meridian, MS; Jacksonville, FL and currently serves as Rabbi and Cantorial soloist for Temple B’nai Israel in Florence, AL.
Nancy is a graduate of Temple University with a B.M. in Voice Performance. She began her music career in broadcasting as an on-air personality and music director in various formats of radio including urban, classical, jazz and country in Meridian, MS, Jacksonville, FL and Key West, FL. She also hosted talk and music video television programming in local markets and in national syndication.
Nancy then moved to Nashville where she served as National Promotion Director of Asylum Records, Vice President of Promotion at VFR Records and Vice President of Promotion at Warner Bros. Records Nashville. She currently is co-owner and managing partner of GrassRoots Promotion, a music promotion, consulting and social media marketing company.
Rabbi Nancy received her Semicha after completing her rabbinic studies at JSLI in July, 2013. She has served Temple B’nai Israel as cantorial soloist and then spiritual leader since 2000. Her commitment to Temple B’nai Israel is what led to her rabbinic studies in order to better serve the congregation. She also leads Ma’ariv services for Sim Shalom, a Jewish Universalist online synagogue and is one of the founding Rabbis of the UJUC (Union of Jewish Universalist Communities.)
In addition to her Rabbinic and cantorial work at Temple B’nai Israel, Nancy is a “keynote cantor,” delivering motivational speeches accented by original cantorial music. Her primary presentation is titled “Songs For The Unsung,” and is a tribute to the Christian rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. This moving multi-media event incorporates photos, music and words to encourage conscience and courage for Jewish and Christian audiences. Nancy also recently completed her first Jewish children’s book titled, “Eli Goes To Heaven” and has a corresponding presentation for adult Jewish audiences titled “We Have Heaven Too” that blends cantorial music with insights into Judaism’s beliefs about soul survival.
Nancy serves on the Advisory Council for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Country Cares initiative and is a member of Source, CMA and UJUC.