The Cantor Chronicles

April 9 Message by Congregant Liz Gellis

Posted on April 9, 2024

What do you imagine that rabbinic students learn during their instruction? I asked Cantor Marci that question for this edition of the Cantor Chronicles.

Since my last entry, the cantor has had classes about modern Israel (always relevant), Purim (of course), kashrut (because kosher laws are significant everywhere in the Torah), angels in the Torah (we could use more of those!),…

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March 5th Message by Congregant Liz Gellis

Posted on March 5, 2024

As Cantor Marci begins the second half of her rabbinic program, she is working on bringing our membership closer together. One of her focuses is to grow the JCV volunteer opportunities. She has worked with dedicated members of the Caring Committee to expand our outreach to members who need support.…

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January 2024 Message from the Cantor Herself

Posted on January 26, 2024

Dear JCV Congregants,

I thought it would be helpful to share what I’ve been experiencing during the first four months of study as I work toward ordination through the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (JSLI). As their website states, it is a “robust community” that has ordained over 200 rabbis and cantors.…

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New Ideas, Skills, and Opportunities

Posted on November 22, 2023

by Congregant Liz Gellis

How many of us have embarked on studying for a second career…packed with new ideas, deepening knowledge of familiar subjects, and working full time?

It’s wonderful to see JCV and board members support Cantor Marci on the road to rabbinic ordination.…

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What is a Rabbi, continued…

Posted on October 27, 2023

by Congregant Liz Gellis

I pose again the question from last month. What do you need/want from your rabbi? It is an open-ended question. There are no right or wrong answers but there can be 300+ different answers from our members.…

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What is a Rabbi?

Posted on September 26, 2023

by Congregant Liz Gellis

“The traditional rabbinate harks back to ancient practice, but is an evolving institution.”( The JCV and Cantor Marci have together begun their own evolution.

By the time you read this entry of The Cantor Chronicles, Cantor Marci will have been a rabbinical student for a month and will have jointly led all High Holy Days Services with Rabbi Jennifer.…

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The Journey Begins

Posted on August 25, 2023

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.…

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