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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 →

Seventy Faces of Torah Cantor Ken Richmond

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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Meet Our New Cantors-in-Training

The School of Jewish Music welcomed six new students to its cutting-edge Cantorial Ordination for Spiritual and Educational Leadership (COSEL) program; each will earn a Master of Jewish Education degree in addition to cantorial ordination. Students come from Boston, Maryland and Pennsylvania, with diverse backgrounds and portfolios, ranging from classical musicians to Jewish educators to software engineers. Three completed their undergraduate work in music conservatories. The best way to introduce them… 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 →

Seventy Faces of Torah Cantor Ken Richmond

Make Our Leaders Great Again

(Parshat Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89) I find my eyes drawn these days to the 11th blessing of the daily amidah prayer, the petition for righteousness, which begins by saying: “Restore judges to us as in the early days and wise counselors as of old”—in other words, “Make our leaders great again.” Our newspapers are full of leaders in business, religion, and politics gaining notoriety through deceit, corruption, and scandal, with our… Read Article →

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Singing God’s Words

Religious Experience, Chant & Sacred Text with Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, Ph.D. | Comments by Rabbi Ebn Leader Thursday, March 2, 2017 7:30 pm at Hebrew College Free | Register Offered by the Hebrew College – Congregation Mishkan Tefila  Learning Series  “For many Jews from every denomination, the search for deeper spiritual expression has led to new ways to understand the act of reading Torah. When standing before the parchment scroll, worshippers step… Read Article →

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Sacred Drumming

  “I have been a professional musician, drummer/percussionist, for many years now. I have been blessed to tour the world and share the stage with folks such as Isaac Stern, Yo-yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Wynton Marsalis, Wycliff Gordon, Roger McGuinn and so many others. I have recorded commercial, LPs, CDs, and performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, Let My People Sing, and many other… Read Article →

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Cantor in Prague

“I travelled to Prague for the 11th European Cantors Association conference and am enthralled by this city, this conference, and yes, the authentic Pilsner! Cantor Naftali Herstik, my mentor from Jerusalem, who is Chief Cantor Emeritus of the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem and the founder and director of the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, was the featured lecturer, and because of his international fame, cantors-scholars came from Canada, Czech Republic, England,… Read Article →

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The Buckeye Bard

“I like to leave myself open to inspiration, since I’ve found that sometimes it comes at the most unexpected times. I feel it is important to see every person I meet and every piece of music I hear as a potential source of inspiration.” (Cantor Richard Lawrence Can’14, Temple Emanu El, Orange Village, Ohio) The School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College