The annual Fire Island Synagogue Journal is an important vehicle for recognizing individuals who are or have been an integral part of our FIS family, as well as a means for our members, friends and neighbors to support the Synagogue.
We are delighted to celebrate Fire Island Synagogue’s Cantor Basya Schechter on the fifth anniversary of her joining our congregation, by honoring her in this year’s FIS Journal.
Over the past five years Basya has led us in spiritual davening that seamlessly melds traditional melodies with new and innovative song. Along with Rabbi Shaul Magid, Basya has helped us to refine our services, guiding us as we explore new and meaningful expressions of spirituality and community. Basya has also spearheaded special music events throughout the summer, and, under her direction, the FIS Choir has become a melodic fixture of week-day as well as High Holiday services. From the outset, Basya has had the seemingly magical ability to motive multi-generations of congregants to step up our engagement in our FIS community through song, through percussion and through joyful participation.
In her “off-island” life, Basya is widely acclaimed as a songwriter, musician and performing and recording artist. She is perhaps best known for her group, Pharaoh's Daughter, a 7-piece world music ensemble that travels effortlessly through continents and language with a genre-bending sound. Basya's earthy, soulful, beautiful voice rings out over the oud, strings, and keys that all blend together to form a vibrant vision of a new Middle East. She also serves as the musical director of Romemu in New York City.
In five short years Basya, along with her one year old son Saadya, have become true Fire Islanders (when not in the synagogue, they will most likely be found on the beach) and treasured and much-loved members of our Fire Island Synagogue family.
Please join us in honoring Basya Schechter by placing a generous ad in this year’s FIS Journal.