Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Cantor Rita F. Glassman with the Doctor of Music at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. Cantor Glassman was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.
Cantor Glassman was raised in New York and attended Jewish day school. She actively participated in her family synagogue, Westchester Reform Jewish Center in Mamaroneck, NY; The Westside Minyan in Manhattan; and Jewish summer camps. She is a composer, arranger, performer, educator, and recording artist. Cantor Glassman is a mentor and teacher of all ages in Jewish music, B’nai Mitzvah (child and adult), and Jewish spirituality. She serves as the director and conductor of professional and volunteer congregational choirs. She is a contributor to Manginot Songbook (URJ Press).
Cantor Glassman has served as the Cantor at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, CA, since 2002. She works with the Senior Rabbi and Assistant Rabbi to revitalize a historical reform San Francisco congregation with strong emphasis on education and congregational participation of members in worship by creating more engaging, deeper spiritual connection to prayer. Cantor Glassman fundraised for the general Music Fund and Synagogue Retrofit Campaign. She has successfully introduced and developed a widely popular “Journey to Shabbat” service consisting of spirited modern Jewish music.
Cantor Glassman has one daughter, Rebecca Shira, who is currently a freshman at California State University at Long Beach.