Training for Schlichei Tzibur at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

Friday, September 7, 2012

Eleven students, all members of our various congregations throughout Israel, recently completed a new HUC-JIR program for schlichei tzibur (congregational prayer leaders) who longed to acquire and perform these uniquely Jewish skills. Their year-long weekly program culminated in leading the mincha service at the recent biennial Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) gathering.

The program, run jointly with the IMPJ, was headed by Rabbi Golan Ben Horin, a graduate of the Israel Rabbinic Program, a gifted musician and educator, and expert in prayerleading and songleading. In addition, Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx, Professor of Liturgy, and Or Zohar, a student in the Israel Rabbinic Program and a musician and composer of liturgical music, served as faculty for this successful program.


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