Me too!

For the past five years, I have enjoyed davening High Holy Day services at Rodef Sholom Temple of Newport News, Virginia. In addition to planning and preparing services first with Rabbi Gilah Dror, and this year with Rabbi David Eligberg, I have composed and/or arranged pieces to suit the range and skill set of the volunteer choir and rehearsed with them online and in person. As a result, the congregation has been able to kvell at their homegrown talent and the choir has grown in ability and self-confidence.  

I enjoy the challenge of honoring a congregation’s traditional melodies while introducing accessible and easily learned new compositions. For two years, Marlboro Jewish Center of New Jersey addressed their Hazzan’s health issues by hiring me, first when the Hazzan was incapacitated by illness and, the following year, to provide him and Rabbi Pont with tactical and tactful support as needed throughout the Yamim Noraim. I met the congregation’s needs by designing a worship experience which blended the Hazzan’s melodies and my own repertoire to create a service which was both welcoming and distinctive. We made it work, the congregation was delighted with the result and we had fun too.

If you are looking for engaging and participatory services, for a Shabbaton, for concerts for children or for adults for your Jewish community and have a minute to chat, I’d love to learn more about your congregation’s needs. 

Check out my resume below.  To learn more, feel free to contact me through this website, or by email at cantorruth@gmail.com.