HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Music, honoris causa, to Ellen Dreskin

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Cantor Ellen Dreskin 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 Dreskin was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Associate Cantor at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, is a teacher of liturgy, synagogue transformation, and Jewish mysticism.  She has served for many years on the faculty of URJ Summer Kallot, Hava Nashira, and the URJ Kutz Camp Leadership Academy.  Ellen has worked with Jews of all denominations from Houston to Chicago and Los Angeles to Boston, both as a scholar in residence and in her past capacity as Director of Programs for Synagogue 2000, a national, not-for-profit institute dedicated to revitalizing and re-energizing synagogue life in North America. 

Cantor Dreskin served as both Cantor and Educator at Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, New York and at Anshe Chesed-Fairmount Temple in Cleveland, Ohio, and as the spiritual leader of Chavurat Tikvah in Westchester County, New York.  She served as Associate Dean of HUC-JIR in New York, and sings with Beged Kefet, a musical tzedakah collective performing exclusively for the benefit of Myriam’s Dream, an organization devoted to maintaining the dignity of the elderly and inspiring others to do so as well. 

Ellen is a native Texan, a 1986 graduate of The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and has a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University.

Click here to view the National Ordination/Investiture/Graduation press release.


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