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L’dor V’dor

“My grandfather might have been a cantor, were it not for the Holocaust. His Jewish and musical journey continues in my life as a cantor.” Hebrew College first-year COSEL student David Wolff recounts this story about his beloved grandfather, now 101 years old and proud to see his grandson pursuing the cantorate. According to David, the full story goes like this: “My family has a deep connection to Judaism, specifically… Read Article →

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Lighting Up the Darkness One Good Point at a Time

Parshat Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1-40:23) As someone who, by nature of my profession, has the privilege of leading my congregation in prayer on a regular basis, I have long taken inspiration and instruction from a quote from the Hasidic master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), who said in his teaching “Azamra”: …The one who can create these melodies by finding the good points in every Jew… is fit to be the prayer leader. The… Read Article →

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Cantors as Citizens of the World

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” — Henry A. Kissinger Being a musician can be very solitary, but what if you crave a holy community and need to connect with people and musicians in the broader community? Hebrew college is training cantors and cantor educators like Cantor Michael McCloskey, Can`07 to be role models for the 21st century. “I am… Read Article →

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Carmen to the Cantorate

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “To be an opera singer you need to carry a big ego. It’s performative and deeply competitive. You’re constantly being evaluated. You need the desire to win, the desire to be the best. I love music deeply, and it is central to who I am, but I don’t have an overwhelming ‘I’m the best’ thing inside of me. I feel the need to help people. That’s… Read Article →

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North American Jewish Choral Festival

The week of July 17, second- and third-year students in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College’s Cantorial Ordination for Spiritual and Educational Leadership (COSEL) program attended the 2017 North American Jewish Choral Festival, sponsored by the New York-based Zamir Choral Foundation, as part of their summer session in the School’s Prayer Leader Summer Institute.  CHECK IN Oy, I’ve been transported to a scene from Dirty Dancing. An aging, well, aged resort in… Read Article →

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Mastering the Trill

“’I’m a soprano, but I prefer to sing mezzo because it’s right in that perfect, sweet spot. When I’m in that mezzo range, I’m expressing myself not just by singing the notes, but by feeling and communicating the meaning behind the Hebrew text. I’m less focused on reaching a particular note or mastering a difficult trill correctly; I’m just embodying the music. It’s an out of body experience.” (Dara Rosenblatt,… Read Article →

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Cantor Melissa Adleman

“Although HUC – JIR did not ordain women until the late 1970s, I was fortunate to hear a woman singing in a distinctly cantorial style in 1983. A year later, I became Bat Mitzvah, and sang from the pulpit on several occasions as a newly recognized, Jewish adult. Each Sabbath or holiday during which I led worship, I knew that to communicate G-d’s word through song was a great privilege…. Read Article →