Congregation Kol Ami

Our Cantor/Religious School Director


Cantor Wendy Bat-Sarah was born in Fairbanks, Alaska where she spent her first 5 years in a cabin built by her parents. After kindergarten, she was raised in San Diego, California. Cantor Bat-Sarah earned a B.A. in Social Anthropology with minors in Spanish and Russian from San Diego State University in 1992. Since 1989 she has served the Jewish community in a wide variety of positions, including: ESL instructor in a Chabad Day School, Hillel Songleader in San Diego, teacher of Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Music, Tefillah, and Theatre in both day schools and supplementary schools, Chaplain at the Jewish Home for the Aging, Religious School Assistant Director, and Cantor.

Cantor Bat-Sarah and her husband Lev Mallinger have six children between them, Natan, Avishai, Avidan, Eitan, Shoshanah, and Benyamin. More importantly, they recently completed their move to Utah by adopting a shelter dog named Leah.

Cantor Bat-Sarah is particularly interested in supporting the many varieties of Jewish expression available in 21st Century America. She is committed to creating and sustaining an intellectually and spiritually vibrant experience of Judaism for people of all ages.