We are honored to welcome the following distinguished alumni and scholars to our Cantorial Certification Faculty:
Cantor Andrew Bernard (Liturgical Arts) has served as cantor at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NC since 1999. After earning undergraduate degrees in piano performance and pre-med from Oberlin College and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and his masters and doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Washington, he was invested as a cantor and awarded a Master of Sacred Music degree from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1998.
Cantor Bernard is the author of The Sound of Sacred Time: A Basic Textbook to Teach the Synagogue Modes, and is also a contributor to the synagogue music curriculum Divrei Shir, to Worship Music: a Concise Dictionary, and the URJ website supporting Mishkan T’filah. He is a published composer, and was the conductor of the 2005 URJ Biennial Choir and guest conductor of the Atlanta Jewish Choral Festival in 2002 and 2005. He also served on the faculty of the North American Jewish Choral Festival and Mifgash Musicale. Cantor Bernard is a member of the American Conference of Cantors, which honored him with its inaugural President’s Award for Volunteerism at the 2008 convention.
Cantor Bernard trained as a hospital chaplain at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, New York Hospital, and NYU Medical Center, and has served as Chaplain Specialist at the Levine Children’s Hospital since 2005.
Rabbi Kim Geringer (Self and System) teaches in both the rabbinical and cantorial programs at HUC-JIR New York, and is also the Rabbi of Congregation Sha’arey Ha-Yam in Manahawkin, NJ. From 1999 - 2009, Rabbi Geringer was the assistant director of the URJ’s Department of Worship, Music and Religious Living, and was involved in all aspects of the Reform Movement’s “worship transformation” efforts. She is also a clinical social worker, and worked as a psychotherapist for 15 years prior to attending rabbinical school.
Rabbi Yoel Kahn (Liturgical Arts) is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, California. After graduating with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, he was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1985. Upon ordination, he became rabbi of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, San Francisco. Kahn received his Ph.D. through the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, in 1999. He has taught at the Graduate Theological Union, University of California, Davis, University of San Francisco, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Wexner Heritage Fellowship. He is an active member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and in 2010 he was elected President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis.
Rabbi Kahn’s research on the history of Jewish worship was published in The Three Blessings: Boundaries, Censorship and Identity in Jewish Liturgy (Oxford University Press, 2011). He has taught at the conferences and conventions of the CCAR, the URJ, the American Academy of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, and at synagogues and campuses around the country. In 2010, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ordination.
Rabbi David W. Nelson (Tanakh) is the Campus Rabbi and Assistant Professor of Religion at Bard College in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley. Before coming to Bard, he served as Associate Director of ARZA (The Association of Reform Zionists of America), as the Director of Jewish Life at a New Jersey JCC, and as a senior faculty member at CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He also spent five years as the rabbi of a small congregation on Long Island. He was ordained at HUC-JIR in New York and holds a Ph.D. in Rabbinic Literature from New York University. He is the author of Judaism, Physics and God: Searching for Sacred Metaphors in a Post-Einstein World. He lives in Tivoli, NY with his wife Rachel. They have three grown sons.