Cantor Shannon McGrady Bane joined the Temple Beth Tikvah faculty as b’nei mitzvah tutor in January 2017.
A Jew by Choice, Shannon actually began her Jewish journey at Temple Beth Tikvah right after graduating from Scripps College, and Temple Beth Tikvah has been an important anchor in her life ever since. Rabbi Emeritus Haim Asa (of blessed memory) was on Shannon’s Beit Din for her conversion ceremony, and then Director of Education Miriam Van Raalte offered Shannon her first “Jewish job” as 4th grade religious school teacher, as well as providing a scholarship for her first Jewish educators’ conference. Not only that, but Shannon’s husband and high school sweetheart, Ken Bane, grew up at TBT, and they were married at TBT in 1989. Shannon and Ken have two children, Zachary (22) and Eliana (20), who both attended ECLC. During the preschool years, Shannon would sing with the little ones every Friday morning.
Shannon is proud that three generations of the Bane family have taught at Temple Beth Tikvah. Ken’s mom, Mimi Wald Bane, taught 5th grade religious school for 25 years. Ken was a music specialist at TBT when he was a teenager. Shannon is the b’nei mitzvah tutor, and Eliana taught the kindergarten class over Zoom during Covid, and pre-Covid was the music specialist for ECLC and Gesher.
Shannon served as cantor for Temple Beth Ohr in La Mirada for 14 years, where she led Shabbat and holiday services, taught in the religious school, trained b’nei mitzvah students, and led adult and children’s choirs as well as a volunteer band. Prior to that, she was the cantorial soloist for University Synagogue in Irvine.
A member of the American Conference of Cantors, Shannon received her cantorial certification in 2004 as well as an MA in Judaic Studies in 1999. She trained with Cantors William Sharlin, Sam Radwine, and Perryne Anker.
Soon after her certification, Shannon became the Pacific-Southwest regional president of the ACC, helping to organize cantorial fundraising concerts and regional conferences. Shannon was also an active member of the ACC Social Action and Justice Committee, and served as co-chair of the committee, while also representing the ACC on the Religious Action Center’s Commission on Social Action.