Robin Koota, Cantorial Soloist
Robin Koota is proud to join the staff as the new Cantorial soloist at Temple Dor Dorim. Robin loves lifting peoples’ spirits with her love of music and Judaism. Since her father taught her to play guitar at the age of 7, she has been using her song leading skills to bring and share the joy of music to classmates, campmates, local communities and congregations. Robin’s lifelong passion for music, combined with her love of Judaism, helps her to create a worship experience where music enriches prayer and special celebrations.
Robin most recently served as the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs since 2017. She is proud of the creative Shabbat worship and tot Shabbats she led. One of her highlights was providing special Havdalah experiences before so many programs for all ages of the community. She also worked with the teens and directed the Purim shpiels as well.
At her home congregation, B’nai Israel of Boca Raton, Robin has co-officiated B’nai Mitzvah, tutored children with special needs, taught religious school, and worked with the preschool children.
When Robin is not serving the Jewish community, she is enriching and challenging the minds of youth as a science teacher. Throughout her life she has worked with youth as a camp counselor, group leader and teen tour director. She has produced and directed school plays as the drama club director and coached both girls’ and boys’ volleyball.
Robin’s undergraduate degree is from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Hofstra University on Long Island.
Robin plays guitar, piano, flute and recorder. She is originally from New York where she fell in love with Broadway musicals. Robin also enjoys paddle boarding and the beautiful Florida beaches.
Allison Teisch, Cantorial Soloist – Emerita
Cantorial Soloist Allison Teisch created beautiful music and spiritual worship at Temple Dor Dorim for over 19 years. She was a Jewish Music Educator for over thirty years and drew upon her wealth of knowledge and experience to bring music to all generations.
Allison is skilled at hands on healing modalities and is both a Reiki Master and a Registered Karuna Reiki practitioner. This journey led her to explore and become certified in the first and second levels of Jewish Energy healing in the “Ohr-Lev” System of Natural Healing with Rabbi Bar-Ami Ben Zion of the National Institute for Holistic Healing Rehovot, Israel. Allison drew upon these modalities when working with others and while creating “musical prayer.”
Allison is also a 200RYT Yoga Alliance certified instructor. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and teaches Gentle Flow Yoga, Vinyasa, Chair Yoga and Chair Yoga Shalom.
In Las Vegas, Allison and her family have joined Temple Midbar Kodesh and she helps lead Kabbalat services for her new synagogue. Allison is also a member of the Southern Nevada Chapter of Hadassah. She leads a monthly Havdalah Service and fundraises for medical research and social equity here in the United States and Israel.
An Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music graduate, Allison is skilled in voice, piano and guitar.
Allison is happily married to Evan and the proud mother of two daughters, Danielle and Laura. She adores her son-in-laws Andrew and Avi and is blessed with four beautiful grandchildren, Alexa, Nathan, Jacob and Rachel.