Inaugural Cohort of Cantorial Certification Students Present Senior Recitals at Home Congregations Across the Country

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Members of the inaugural cohort of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) Cantorial Certification Program will present their senior recitals at their home Reform congregations during March and April 2016.

Cantorial Certification students have served their home congregations throughout the duration of the four year academic program while engaging in part-time coursework that combined distance learning, face-to-face kallot, mentoring, and guided independent study. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn Cantorial Certification from HUC-JIR's Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Graduation Ceremonies on May 4, 2016 at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. 

Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Director of the Cantorial Certification Program, stated, "Our students are dedicated to a life of reflection and discovery, personal spiritual growth, the pursuit of artistic excellence, and a commitment to Judaism and the values implicit in a Jewish way of life. They have gained the tools necessary to be a cantor while having the opportunity to find their unique connection to this profound and ancient profession."

Cantorial Certification students invite you to attend their senior recitals:

Sarene Appelbaum
"The Songbird and the Shepherd: Seeking God Through Music and Metaphor"
Sunday, April 3 at 4:00 pm
Temple Beth Torah (35 Bagatelle Rd., Melville, NY)

Sheera Ben-David
"The Fourth Crown: Finding Blessings in Our Given Names"
Monday, April 4 at 7:00 pm
HUC-JIR/New York (One West Fourth Street, New York, NY)

From birth, faith, love, education and vocations, all of us carry many names. Some are given, some are earned and some are chosen... a musical exploration of the significance of all our varied and cherished names, presented by Sheera Godfrey McDevitt Ben-David Miller.

Rachel Gottlieb Kalmowitz
Sacred Moments in Time"
Saturday, April 30 at 6:00 pm
Temple Beth El (7400 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI)

A musical exploration of what makes a moment sacred, and how our perspective on a collection of moments might expand our experience of what is holy in the world.

Neil Michaels
"Sing Your Praise"
Sunday, April 3 at 2:30 pm
Temple Israel (5725 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI)

This concert will be an exploration of praise in its myriad expressions, from the exulting and joyous to the grateful and introspective to the broken and yet hopeful still.

Lori Shapiro
"Our Story, Our Song: Jewish Composers in America"
Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 pm
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton (33 SW 4th Avenue, Boca Raton, FL)

A telling of our history through the music and stories of Jewish composers in America from the Yiddish Theatre through Leonard Bernstein.

Rachel Reef-Simpson
"Soundtrack of Our Souls: Women’s Voices in Jewish Music"
Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 pm
Temple Emanuel Sinai (661 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA)

An exploration of what connects us to our Judaism through the music of women singer/songwriters in the US and Israel featuring the music of Debbie Friedman, Sue Horowitz, Julie Silver, Peri Smilow, Chava Alberstein, Noa, Yehudit Ravitz, and Naomi Shemer.

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.