Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit - Featuring Cantor Bruce Ruben and DFSSM Cantorial Students

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit is a new collection of beautiful and unique choral music featuring HUC-JIR students and faculty. Highlights include three arrangements by Cantor Bruce Ruben, Director, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, HUC-JIR, who is also a featured soloist. Several tracks were recorded live at HUC-JIR/New York and feature HUC-JIR's cantorial students.

The album, which was released on October 28, 2014, was conducted by Judith Clurman, Cantor Ruben's wife and a veteran Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center performer, and includes important new works as well as exciting arrangements of traditional songs that represent the Jewish holidays and life cycle events. “This CD was made with such integrity and love. It was an honor to be part of it.  Many genres of Jewish music are represented and the performances uplift them all," says Cantor Ruben.

Cantor Bruce Ruben is the Director of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and served Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City for twenty four years (1982-2006). While serving full-time he also completed a Ph.D. in Jewish history and taught for over a decade at Hunter College in the History Department. As Director (2006-present) Cantor Ruben has overseen the creation of a new Core Curriculum, developed a Leadership Fellows Program, and begun a Distance Learning Certification Program for Cantorial Studies.  He continues to teach history and Shabbat liturgy courses in the Cantorial school and has taught history survey courses and Holocaust history in the Rabbinical School.

The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR offers several academic programs for students seeking to expand their thinking about what it means to create meaningful worship, to innovate, and to help their congregation shape its identity through spiritual expression. 

Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit is available for purchase:


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.