A former house guest was charged in the fatal stabbing of Ronald Fischman, an ordained cantor, in Fischman’s Philadelphia home.\n
Chazzan Mike Stein never really considered himself a singer, but rather, he said, an instrumentalist who sings.
Joel Pressman, a cantor and longtime performing arts teacher at Beverly Hills High School, died on Nov. 18. He was 63.
What’s the difference between investiture and ordination? Plenty, say officials at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, which has announced that for the first time since establishing its cantorial school in 1948, it will ordain rather than invest its graduating class of cantors.
Cantor Ruth Berman Harris has been earning paychecks for leading services since she was 15, years before a cantorial school even existed in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, called on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to \"come clean\" about a controversy over a lewd photo. Cantor made his comments in a television interview on Thursday, as Weiner endured a fourth day on the receiving end of questions about a photo of a man in his underwear that was sent from his Twitter account. The photo was sent to a 21-year-old female college student who is a Twitter follower of Weiner\'s.
A man who threatened to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), speaking of his \"final Yom Kippur,\" was sentenced to two years in prison. The Washington Post on Friday quoted prosecutors as saying Norman LeBoon, 33, of Philadelphia, must also complete three years of supervision after his sentence is complete, including no Internet access.
The Reform movement’s cantorial school has been named after the late Debbie Friedman.
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor\'s promise that the new GOP majority will \"serve as a check\" on the Obama administration was \"not in relation to U.S.-Israel relations,\" his spokesman said.
Christy\'s bat mitzvah was a monumental event for her entire family. The synagogue was full, featuring out-of-towners from New York, San Francisco and Raleigh, N.C. It was the first time that many of them had been in a synagogue.I spend countless hours preparing for these days with students and their parents.
Skateboarding runs in the Tashman family, although not on the paternal side. His mother, who also grew up religious, skateboarded when she was a kid. She was sponsored by a local Velcro company. \"She took her old roller skates and nailed them to a two-by-four for her first skateboards,\" Tashman said. Since he was 3 years old, \"she would attach me to my skateboard and pull me down hills and our neighbor\'s empty swimming pool,\" he said. \"She always wanted me to be a cantor, though.\"
\"Everybody loves this guy,\" said Cantor Nathan Lam of Bel Air\'s Reform synagogue, Stephen S. Wise Temple, and dean of the Jewish academy\'s cantorial school. \"He\'s a special human being. He makes a room feel good. If you\'re sick, he\'s the guy you want to come and cheer you up.\"
The Days of Awe evoke many feelings, but my first thoughts invariably turn to the special music of these days. From the solemn, almost brooding melody of Kol Nidre to the lilting \"High Holiday\" tune that unifies the music of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there is much in which to delight. Perhaps because this is the only synagogue music that many Jews hear all year, there are fewer alternative versions of the High Holiday liturgy than of, say, \"Lecha Dodi\" or \"Adon Olam.\" Still, these albums should help put you in a proper frame of mind.
Miss Smith, my third-grade teacher at Vollentine Grammar School, stood facing the class with her arm around my shoulders. She was a large woman the size of two or three of today\'s fashion models, with gray hair pulled back from a ruddy, round face. All I knew of her personal life was that she was unwed, but mothered 25 third-grade kids. She lived in a small, neighboring town famous for its horse farms. She looked out to her students, her eyes focused above them. I looked down. I had just finished reciting a poem to the class and before I could return to my desk, Miss Smith was at my side. \"Children, Teddy is Jewish. And I like Jewish kids. Teddy\'s people have made some major contributions to the South. How many of you know of Dr. Joseph Goldberger who cured pellagra? How many of you know about pellagra?\"
"Be not like servants who serve their master for the sake of receiving a reward; instead be like servants who serve their master not for the sake of receiving a reward. And let the awe of Heaven be upon you." -- Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Fathers)
With her slender figure, long, shining strawberry-blonde hair and big hazel eyes, Alison Wissot looks more like a stage ingénue than most people\'s conceptions of a cantor -- not surprising, since that\'s what she was 10 years ago. Wissot\'s cantorial career is off to a brilliant start: Less than three years after graduating from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion\'s School of Sacred Music in New York, she is filling the largest Reform cantorial pulpit in the San Fernando Valley, the 1,300-household Temple Judea in Tarzana and West Hills.
In the middle of a rowdy rendition of \"I Have a Little Dreidel\" at the Sobelson family Chanukah party in Concord, N.H., Howard Dean walked in and declared himself the cantor. The Democratic presidential candidate recited the blessings over the candles in near-perfect Hebrew in a dining room crowded with campaign staffers. \"It\'s another Jewish miracle,\" Carol Sobelson exclaimed
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