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April 20, 2014 | 20th Nisan 5774

Benjie Ellen Schiller

Music and Spirituality

Benjie Ellen SchillerCantor Benjie Ellen Schiller is Professor of Cantorial Arts at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. Her work involves training cantorial and rabbinical students to bridge the gap between performance and spiritual leadership.

She serves as cantor of Bet Am Shalom Synagogue of White Plains, New York with her husband, Rabbi Lester Bronstein.

Cantor Schiller also serves as a part time faculty member of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality Cantorial and Rabbinic Program.

She is a nationally known composer. Her works include "Life-Song Cycle," a series of pieces for Jewish life passage ceremonies; "Halleluhu," a multi-rhythmic setting of Psalm 150; "Lamdeini;" "You are My Song;" "U'kratem D'ror- Proclaim Liberty," an American/Jewish response to 9/11, and various commissioned works for choirs, synagogues and interfaith liturgical groups. A World Fulfilled, a solo recording of her compositions, was released in 2002.

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