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Seventy Faces of Torah Cantor Ken Richmond

What Would Abraham Do?

Parshat Vayera, Genesis 18:1-22:24 Natick, my beloved suburban New England town, has for the second time this year been in the news because of bigotry. In August, a lesbian couple’s rainbow flag was stolen and their house egged. Last week, in an act of hate apparently inspired or emboldened by the election results, a Natick resident sent a series of racist and expletive-filled notes to a white neighbor, warning him… Read Article →

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Sing, Sing, Singapore

“My heart was in the east . . .as I had the privilege of leading the United Hebrew Congregation of Singapore with Rabbi Nathan Alfred for the Yamim Noraim this year. I was struck anew by how the mindful use of liturgy and melody work to create community, even as I was welcomed by this diverse group of Jews from Egypt, South Africa, Australia, Israel, Singapore, Myanmar, the UK, America… 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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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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An Opening Blessing

This blessing was delivered at the cantorial ordination ceremony for Cantor Kate Judd, Can’15 on January 24, 2016.  I was thinking back …… almost thirty years ago, in 1988, at our old campus on Hawes Street in Brookline, several of us sat down to meet with then president of Hebrew College, Rabbi Sam Schafler. His picture is now on the steps of the library here. We began discussions that led to the… 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 →