Cantor Lizzie Weiss

Cantor Lizzie Weiss

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The author with Cuban drums

When congregants, friends, and family asked excitedly about my trip to Cuba, I was sure that colorful 1950s Fords, dark rum, pungent cigars, strong coffee, mouth-watering mojitos, and dancers’ swinging hips moving to the beat of Cuban guitars and drums filled their imaginations.

Before the trip, that was exactly the Cuba I thought I would be visiting.

But my answer to the question was this: “It’s complicated.”

When I registered for the American Conference of Cantor’s first ever humanitarian mission to the country, it was with an adventurous spirit and a desire to...

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Man and woman playing guitars and singing while leading worship services

As a relatively new cantor, I approach each day as a learning experience and am thrilled by the number of congregants who show up each year for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. During these services, my goal is to offer enough of the “old” to keep them feeling nostalgic, while also presenting a modern twist on Jewish music. Once the High Holidays are over, though, I’m left wondering what we can we do to get people back into the sanctuary before the next Rosh HaShanah rolls around.

One of my goals is to nurture and support our religious school community by trying to make our tradition’...

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