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Expanding our Reach: The Songs of Social Justice and Tikkun Olam at NFTY

Aldous Huxley taught, “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” The most significant moments of our lives have a soundtrack; they have a musical framework that our families, our people, and our society build. During the civil rights movement in America, African American spirituals like Oh Freedom and We Shall Overcome inspired, led, and exclaimed the charge of our fellow citizens looking for justice, for equality.

American Conference of Cantor Cantors Establishes Friends of Transcontinental Music

In 2015, the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) announced the acquisition of Transcontinental Music Publications (TMP) from the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Our goal since making TMP part of the ACC has been to make it a home for the music of our movement and for musical achievement among the Jewish people as a whole. TMP continues to serve as an essential presence in Jewish musical life worldwide.


Prayer for Peace, by Gershon Kingsley

In cantorial school, when we learned the classic settings of Max Helfman and Herbert Fromm of Grant Us Peace we studied how those two masters had seamlessly blended cantorial-esque chant with solidly mid-20th century American harmonies. They were (and are!) textbook examples of Union Prayer Book-style English language settings that are rooted in traditional, ethnically-charged Ashkenazic prayer modes.

American Conference of Cantors Congratulates New HUC-JIR Interim President Rabbi David Ellenson

(Schaumburg, IL) The American Conference of Cantors congratulates Rabbi David Ellenson on being named interim President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

Rabbi Ellenson, Ph.D, Chancellor Emeritus of HUC-JIR, has a long record of leadership in the Reform movement. As President of HUC-JIR from 2001-2013, he was instrumental in launching and overseeing a variety of strategic projects during a challenging financial time, including the ordination of cantors.

ACC and Reform Movement Partners Join Church Alliance in Filing Clergy Housing Exclusion Amicus Brief

Glenview IL-The Church Alliance-a coalition of the chief executive officers of 38 denominational benefit programs-filed an amicus curiae brief in the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Chicago), in the case challenging the constitutionality of the cash housing allowance exclusion for clergy.

Lost & Found: Ashira Ladonai (Sing Unto The Lord), arranged by Erwin Jospe

ERWIN JOSPE is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think about Jewish music - but his life story and compositional output are more than deserving of our attention and admiration. Born in 1903 in Berlin, Jospe was the editor of Hawa Naschira: Auf! Lasst uns Singen (1935 and reissued in 2001), the last publication of Jewish music in Europe prior to the Holocaust.


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