Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Cantor Bette Wishengrad Cohen with the Doctor of Music at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. Cantor Cohen was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.
Cantor Bette Wishengrad Cohen, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music with a major in Voice, graduated with a Master's degree in Sacred Music and was invested as a cantor at the HUC-JIR in 1986.
Cantor Cohen served as the Cantor of Temple Emanu-El of Long Beach, New York for 17 years, where she is now the Cantor Emerita. She became well known for her creative work with a large children’s choir, as well as for the innovative productions of religious and interfaith services and programs, many of them featuring the works of a single composer, using baroque, jazz, klezmer, popular, and traditional music, for both voice and instruments.
In recent years, Cantor Cohen has broadcast weekly readings to the blind from current periodicals, under the auspices of the Jewish Guild for the Blind (now Gatewave Radio).
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