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HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music Alumni Association to Present Webinar

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music Alumni Association will present a webinar for all HUC-JIR alumni on Tuesday, May 19th.  Cantor Bruce Ruben, Ph.D., Director of the School of Sacred Music, will present “Professionalizing the American Reform Cantorate,” a follow-up to an alumni webinar exploring how the Reform Rabbinate achieved professional status in America by the late 19th century.  Dr. Ruben will demonstrate how this process is being repeated in the on-going professionalization of the American Reform Cantorate.  He will examine the marginalization of the cantorate in the Classical Reform period, the renewed need for the cantor as Reform gradually re-embraced tradition, and how, after the Shoah, the need for an American-trained cantorate gave rise to the School of Sacred Music.  The school and the subsequent founding of the American Conference of Cantors started the professionalization process.  Now, as the 21st century cantorate has changed dramatically from how it was conceived in the 1950s, there is a need to reexamine the “Core Curriculum” of the School of Sacred Music.


Cantor Bruce L. Ruben, Ph.D., is the Director of the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR. He has taught Jewish history courses at HUC-JIR and the history of Jewish music at The Julliard School. For the past fifteen years, he has served as an adjunct professor of history at Hunter College, where he has taught courses on World History, Modern Jewish History, and the Holocaust.


For question about the webinar, technical information, or support please contact the HUC-JIR Department of eLearning at


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.