In June, Dr. Richard Sarason was appointed by Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, to be the HUC-JIR vice-chairperson on the Joint Commission for Worship, Music, and Religious Living.
Sarason has been serving on the Commission since it was reorganized in 2003. On the Commission, he co-chairs with colleague Cantor Yvon Shore a working group on Music Education that is currently putting together a project, "The Stories Behind the Songs," that will present the faces and first-hand stories of contemporary composers for the Reform Jewish synagogue whose works are well known (including the stories of how those works were written).
On the Commission, he has also been contributing every third week over the past two and half years to the Thursday "Delving into T'filah" project for the URJ's Ten Minutes of Torah, which is an extended historical, experiential, and musical commentary on Mishkan T'filah, the movement's newest prayer book.
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