About our Prayer Leader,
Cantor Galina Makaveyev

Cantor Makaveyev is honored to be serving as the Cantor at Temple Israel, Lawrence for the past nineteen years.
In addition to her love of traditional and modern Jewish music, Cantor Makaveyev enjoys singing different styles of music such as Broadway and American classics and contemporary. Her biggest passion is Israeli and Yiddish music. She is a regular concert performer and leader of holiday services at local JCC functions and senior living facilities. During her tenure at temple she taught Jewish Music History, Adult Hebrew Reading courses and music curricula in the Religious School. She enjoys hosting Temple’s Cooking and Book Club programs, social gatherings and community events.
Cantor Makaveyev works with the B’nai Mitzvah students and Adult B’nai Mitzvah from their first day of preparation and is proud to be in full capacity to our youngsters and their families throughout this meaningful process.
Cantor Makaveyev coordinates Congregational Choir, “Soul Singers”, which leads Services in Song every fourth Shabbat of the month and participates at Cantorial concerts, Interfaith Services and other special events within our community.
Cantor Makaveyev is thrilled to work as a Director of Temple Israel’s Religious School. She is passionate about creating learning community and offering innovative education that inspires, nurtures and empowers our youngsters and their families to thrive as they work together in shaping a vibrant Jewish future.
Cantor Makaveyev is an active Board member of SULAM-LI, the Religious School for Jewish Children with Special Needs. She advocates for disability inclusion to make our community a welcoming place for all people and ensures that children with special needs may participate fully in the Jewish life.
Cantor Makaveyev holds a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music, Masters in Religious Education, and Doctor of Ministry Degree, all from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Cantor Makaveyev completed two years of Clinical Pastoral Education/Training at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, NY. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Choral Conducting from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Cantor Makaveyev is a member of the American Conference of Cantors and Hadassah organization.