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In the midst of all of the preparations for the High Holiday season, I am always grateful that I chose to become a cantor so many years ago. What an important role we all play on behalf of our People and the larger community. We are extremely blessed.
At the American Conference of Cantors, we are also gearing up for an exciting new yearREAD MORE
As we remember Elie Wiesel – memorializing one of our century’s greatest Jewish thinkers and humanitarians whom President Obama called “the conscience of the world” – we pay tribute to one of the most prominent Holocaust survivors whose message of “never forget” goes beyond the Jewish community alone.
Instead, this Nobel Peace laureateREAD MORE
Jack Gottlieb’s Sharing the Prophets: The More Things Change1
HUCKSTER: You’ve really had a whale-of-a time of it, haven’t you?
JONAH: I tell you, this business of being a Prophet is a lonely job. 2
Jack Gottlieb (1930-2011) sought for his voice to be heard, not just as a composer, but also asREAD MORE
In my cantorate (young that it is, as I am just in my third month of my first job), I am committed to giving my congregation an eclectic mix of congregational favorites right alongside the latest and greatest works being composed by the hottest Jewish composers out there. Music which features the prayers in our liturgy infused with EnglishREAD MORE
I’ll never forget the first few months I spent in Israel, at the beginning of my cantorial studies. Along with the thrill of living in Jerusalem came the reason I wanted to be a cantor, to learn a spiritual system of singing and chanting prayers in their ancient language. I admit I knew almost nothing about nusach or trop (traditional chant forREAD MORE