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: