Ellen Dreskin - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Ellen Dreskin , Cantor, MA, BSM, DM

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(212) 824-2255
Coordinator, Cantorial Certification Program, DFSSM

HUC-JIR/New York

Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, New York
Administration Department: 
Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music
Academic Field: 
Sacred music

Cantor Ellen Dreskin is an innovative leader in today’s Reform Movement.  Her expertise extends from music to synagogue transformation, from experiential education to enlivened liturgy and mysticism.   She has worked with Jews of all denominations from Houston to Chicago and Los Angeles to Boston, both as a scholar in residence and in her capacity as past Director of Programs for Synagogue 2000, a national, not-for-profit institute dedicated to revitalizing and re-energizing synagogue life in North America. 

Ellen has served as Cantor and Educator for congregations in Cleveland and New York, and has taught for many years on the faculty of URJ Summer Kallot, Hava Nashira, and the URJ Kutz Camp Leadership Academy. 

Ellen is a native Texan, a 1986 graduate of HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music, has a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University, and is proud to have recently received her honorary Doctorate of Music from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. She has recently been appointed the Coordinator of the new Cantorial Certification Program at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR in New York. 

She is married to Rabbi Billy Dreskin, is extremely proud of their joint projects:  Katie, Jonah (z”l), and Aiden.

Public Lecture Topics
Do You Hear What I Hear?: Finding Personal Relevance in Jewish Liturgy
Avodah Sh’balev: How Do We Know When Worship “Works?”
The Glamour in the Grammar: A Little Liturgical Hebrew Goes a Long Way!
Liturgical Music as Language of the Soul
Contemporary Settings to Age-Old Prayers: The Newest Liturgical Music from Today’s Composers
Cantor Dreskin is also available as a Shaliach Tzibbur and a worship consultant for rabbis, musicians, ritual committees and synagogue boards who are interested in examining current practices, setting and achieving goals for congregational worship, and studying communal worship and liturgy within one’s congregation.