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Reform cantors invested last year. Clockwise, from left: Cantors David Frommer, Cheryl Wunch, Jamie Marx, Joshua Breitzer, Melanie Cooperman and Mary Thomas (Photo courtesy HUC-JIR)

What's in a word? For 'ordained'
rather than 'invested' cantors, a lot

By Debra Rubin


The change in terminology recognizes the elevated professional role that cantors have in modern times and eliminates some barriers they have faced in their clergy work, say officials of the Reform movement. Read more »

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Jewish Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Awareness Shabbat

May 4-5:Promote inclusion of those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in Jewish life.

See also: Just Give Us a Chance by Rabbi Robert N. Levine

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YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

40 Years of Women on the Bimah40 Years of Women on the Bimah

Throughout May, we’ll be paying homage to the role of women in the rabbinate in advance of the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Sally Priesand. Look to many of our resources below, join the conversations on RJ Blog, use #JewishWoman on Twitter, or comment on our Facebook wall about the Jewish leaders who have impacted your life.

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HOLIDAY RESOURCES

Counting Our Blessings:
Why We Count the Omer

Lag BaOmerMay 9-10: Lag BaOmer During the solemnity of the counting of the Omer, Lag BaOmer gives us a 24-hour window of festivity when weddings and special occasions are celebrated.

ShavuotMay 26-27: Shavuot. Shavuot is the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Special customs on Shavuot include reading the Book of Ruth, staying up all night to study Torah and Mishnah and eating dairy meals.


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