Cantor Joanna P. Lind is an officiant based in Chicago, Illinois. Joanna is able to oversee weddings in all 50 states and she enjoys tailoring the proceedings to suit each and every couple. She focuses on creating a service that is filled with warmth. A trained singer, she can also add a musical touch to your special day and is talented at performing traditional genres. Her goal is to make your wedding an event that showcases you and your sweetheart, resulting in a day to cherish for years to come.
Be it a Jewish, interfaith, or secular ceremony, Cantor Joanna P. Lind can officiate for couples coming from many backgrounds. She is a multi-denominational cantor who seeks to support the honored couple and to create an inclusive environment. As such, she is open to co-officiating with priests, deacons, and others. Any included Hebrew blessings also come with translations so that everyone can understand. Leading up to your wedding, Joanna collaborates with event planners and coordinators to ensure the service goes accordingly. She offers two meetings with you and your partner along with other forms of communication. In addition, she can help with filing the marriage license, locating the materials for your ceremony, and more.
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Cantor Joanna P. Lind is the sixth generation Lind family cantor following her grandfather, Cantor Dale Lind, and his father, Hazan Joshua Lind, both also renowned teachers and liturgical composers. At the age of seven, Joanna became the nation's youngest Cantorial Soloist, singing at her family's Conservative-style, egalitarian, independent congregation, Sons of Joshua, which provided a place for unaffiliated Chicago-area Jews to attend high holiday services.
Having earned a B.S. from Northwestern University (Theatre), Cantor Lind was later ordained through JSLI in a multi-denominational program. Currently, she performs life cycle events independently and is the cantor part-time for Ahavat Olam, a small congregation led by Rabbi Cantor Nancy Landsman.
Outside of her religious calling, Cantor Lind is also a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer, poet, and Mommy.
Office hours vary, but I try to respond within 24-48 hours (except not on Shabbat). Phone and email only, please do not text. Please note, I do NOT perform ceremonies on Shabbat (sunset on Friday through Saturday at 6pm).