JTS Launches Continuing Education Initiative for Cantors at CA Yom Iyun

Expanding the Repertoire of Cantors: Foundations of Pastoral Care

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
Office: (212) 678-8089
Email: evglasberg@jtsa.edu

March 12, 2012, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will offer a new continuing education initiative for cantors in partnership with the Cantors Assembly (CA) at the 2012 CA Yom Iyun (day of study) at JTS on Tuesday, May 1. This first initiative will be a hands-on workshop exploring various dimensions of the cantor's role in pastoral care. The workshop and the 2012 Yom Iyun follow the Cantors Assembly's Annual Meeting and Executive Council Meeting, both of which will be held at JTS on Monday, April 30.

This program marks another step forward in JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen's efforts to expand the role of JTS as a provider of continuing education for Jewish professionals. Partnering with JTS will provide an opportunity for cantors in the field to learn together from distinguished JTS faculty, including Rabbi Mychal B. Springer, director of the Center for Pastoral Education. Rabbi Hayim Herring, an alumnus of JTS and a consultant for this effort, helped to design the program.

Cantor Larry Goller of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El of Highland Park, Illinois, chair of the Yom Iyun, and Cantor Nancy Abramson, director of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music, are taking the lead in planning the day of learning for the cantors.

This collaborative effort between JTS and the CA precedes a dedicated JTS continuing education track for rabbis at the 2012 Rabbinical Assembly Convention, which will be held from May 6 to 9 in Atlanta. Plans for future cantorial continuing education programs include a session on experiential education with the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS.

For more information, contact Cantor Nancy Abramson at (212) 678-8037 or naabramson@jtsa.edu; Cantor Larry Goller at (847) 432-8900 x226 or lgoller@nssbethel.org; or Hayim Herring at (612) 859-1650 or hayim@herringconsultingnetwork.com.

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