Sheila Nesis is a singer, cantor and educator born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Inspired and trained by Rabbi Sergio Bergman and Fundacion Judaica, she served numerous congregations including Temple NCI-Emanu-El and C.I.R.A (also known as “Temple Libertad”) the first and main synagogue in Buenos Aires. During the years that followed the economic crisis in Argentina in 2001, Cantor Nesis worked with the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) to help the Argentinian Jewish and non-Jewish communities in need by performing services and concerts in synagogues throughout the USA. In 2007, she was invited to join the clergy of Temple Israel of NYC, under the leadership of Rabbi David Gelfand. She has served congregations in NYC, Phoenix and Scottsdale in Arizona, and Denver, Colorado.
Cantor Nesis studied voice with renowned voice coach and soprano, Ida Terkiel of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. She learned the art of chazanut from her sephardic mentor, Rabbi Silvina Chemen in Buenos Aires. While in NYC, Sheila trained with Broadway voice coach Liz Caplan, voice teacher and soprano Marguerite Krull, and voice coach Ruth Rainero.
Cantor Nesis is the Cantor in Residence at Etz Chaim Synagogue in Portland, Maine and the creator and educator of the Prayer Leadership Training program at the Center for Small Town Jewish Life in midcoast, Maine.