Student Spotlight: Meet Third-Year Cantorial Student Meara Lebovitz - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Student Spotlight: Meet Third-Year Cantorial Student Meara Lebovitz

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Monday, October 9, 2017

mearaHi! My name is Meara Lebovitz and I am a third-year cantorial student living in Brooklyn via Jerusalem (the Year-In-Israel), Philadelphia (1st master’s degree and Jewish communal work), Reno (producing the morning newscast for the CBS affiliate), Hartford (undergraduate studies) and Cherry Hill, NJ (my hometown). 

While my vision for my cantoriate is still forming, I know that I want disaster spiritual care to be part of the picture.  In 2013, I began my journey as an American Red Cross disaster volunteer, an organization for which I still volunteer. In that role I primarily respond to house fires and meet with affected families within hours of their disaster.  My job is to make sure their emergency food, shelter, and necessities are taken care of.  While my initial assessment of a fire victim is for their physical safety and basic needs, the assessment is not complete without a mental and spiritual check-in.  At first this work was just a volunteer opportunity but it has turned into a passion. I look forward to finding avenues to incorporate this important work into my cantorate. 

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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 leaders to serve 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, museums, 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.