The Journey Begins

by Congregant Liz Gellis

Cantor Marci begins her rabbinic studies the Wednesday after Labor Day. She is enrolled in the online one-year program at the Jewish Spiritual Leaders’ Institute (JSLI) with her ordination to take place in June 2024.

On the institute’s website, the JSLI describes its rabbinic program: “Students complete weekly study assignments on topics such as Shabbat, Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), and pastoral counseling.

In addition, online each week the rabbi candidates join in prayer, present Devrei Torah (sermons), learn Jewish law (Halacha) and Jewish life cycles, and are prepared to meet the needs of the interfaith and unaffiliated.”

I encourage JCV members to click on the JSLI website,, to learn more about the institute.

Please email any comments or questions to me, Liz Gellis, at

We wish Cantor Marci a productive and spiritual year!

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