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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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The Role of Melody

“I think that melody is the soul of life. That’s from a book by Percy Goetschius from 1917, but it’s my favorite quote. To produce melody from within is to understand your own soul and where you fit in life.” (Jacob Harris, Prayer Leader Summer Institute student and Hebrew College resident choir, Kol Arev, member) Learn more about the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College

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Cantor Sarah Bolts, Rab’16

“When I started cantorial school at Hebrew College, one of the questions I hear most often is, “How did a woman from an Orthodox community end up becoming a cantor?” I often cite my bat mitzvah as one of the early catalysts: my first experience of leading in a Jewish context, and a foundation for future Jewish leadership. My bat mitzvah was far from typical, both for my community at the… Read Article →

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It’s Personal

              “Your personal life is part of your professional life when you’re a cantor. The dignity, compassion and kindness with which we act as cantors are essential characteristics of who we are personally, as well.” #HumansHC  The School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College (Cantor Hinda Tzvia Eisen Labovitz ’14, Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Chevy Chase, MD) 

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Nigeria to Newton

“Why am I here? It has to do with my love for Jewish culture and language. I had my initial theological training at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho, Nigeria. I studied at the University of Birmingham in England and graduated with a M.Ed. degree. With all my years of training and teaching within theological education, I knew very little about Jewish culture. When I came to the United States, I… Read Article →

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Cantor Lynn Torgove, MAJS’11, Can’12

“In Berlin, the conversation about what we remember, what we believe in and how we represent that to each other is not only about talking, it is about acting. Nothing could be more powerful than to be standing under a huge menorah on Hanukkah, erected right beneath the Brandenburg Gate in what was once East Berlin. Judaism is the model for this kind of moving and difficult conversation – one… Read Article →

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Cantor Risa Wallach ’15

“It feels true to me that the cantorate chose me, and not the reverse. I have been propelled forward with great momentum by this calling, beginning with a childhood home imbued with music and the mandate to serve humanity, particularly people in distress.” (Cantor Risa Wallach ’15, Hazzan at Congregation B’nai Shalom in Walnut Creek, Calif.) Learn more about The School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College.

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Ed Pearlman

“I’ve played music all my life, but got into the world of fiddling in the 1970s, particularly Scottish music, never tiring of its variety and challenge. I’ve performed and taught throughout the USA, Canada and Scotland, for listening and for many forms of Scottish dancing, including Highland, country, ceilidh, Cape Breton step, and new dances, since my wife is a Highland dancer and choreographer. My music column in Scottish Life magazine… Read Article →

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Firenze for the High Holy Days

“This is the second year that I’ve led High Holy Day services at Shir Hadash, a small, liberal congregation which is part of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. It was created in 2003 and serves the non-Orthodox Jewish community of Florence, Italy. It’s just a few blocks from the Great Synagogue where Jinny and I standing. In addition to delivering my sermons in Italian, I incorporate musical selections from… Read Article →