Cantorial School Category

In just under two months I’ll be winging my way across the ocean (and a sea) to take up residence in Jerusalem for my first year of cantorial school. It’s exciting both to be traveling and to be a student again, as I haven’t done either in several years, and I’m lucky to be getting […]

CBST and JTA move quickly when they sense something’s up… I’m just glad I knew it was coming so I had time to give notice at work! JTS accepts gay cantorial student The Jewish Theological Seminary accepted its first openly gay cantorial student. Congregation Beth Simchat Torah said in a release Tuesday that member Marisa […]

The Dean of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary called me this week. I had just walked out of the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center, and when he told me that I had been accepted into cantorial school I jumped up and down on the sidewalk, drawing interesting looks from […]

Finding my place

In: Cantorial School, Gay and Lesbian, JTS, LGBTQ

This past December, when the Conservative Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) voted on the teshuvot about “the status of homosexuals” in the Conservative community, I had already completed my application to Hebrew Union College, thinking that it would be years before the Conservative movement made a step forward. A few days later I […]

I’ve seen the bumper sticker hundreds of times – an American flag waving across the bottom and the phrase “Love it or leave it!” emblazoned above. The people who claim to be “patriotic” by displaying these continue to disappoint me, because my own feelings on the subject are so complex. On one hand, I love […]

The Waiting Game

In: Cantorial School, Ideas, Opinion

I recently submitted my application to the cantorial program at Hebrew Union College’s School of Sacred Music, and I’m now waiting to find out if I’ve been accepted. I only decided a year ago that I wanted to study to be a cantor, and in that year I moved to New York, sold my car, […]

This past Saturday, December 2, was the 17th anniversary of my Bas Mitzvah. A few months ago I called the rabbi at the Conservative shul in Connecticut where I grew up and asked if I could come back and sing my torah portion again. He was excited to hear that I wanted to come back, […]


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