Kehillah Atlanta Conservative Synagogues and Institutions to Host JTS Scholar for Slichot

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

August 25, 2009, Atlanta, GA

Congregation B’nai Torah will host Kehillah Atlanta’s fourth annual community-wide Slichot service on Saturday evening, September 12. Sponsored by The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in partnership with Kehillah Atlanta’s Conservative synagogues and institutions*, Hazzan Henry Rosenblum, Michael W. Greene Dean of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of JTS, will be the guest presenter at the service as well as scholar-in-residence at Congregation B’nai Torah from September 11–12.

The theme of the Slichot service will be “High Holiday Music As We Know It: How It All Began,” an exploration by Hazzan Rosenblum of how three great cantors and their individual visions shaped the music that became the basis of High Holiday services for the last 150 years. Free and open to the community, the program will begin at 9:15 p.m. with a festive havdalah service, followed by refreshments and Hazzan Rosenblum’s presentation; it will conclude with an inspiring Slichot service that brings together the congregants and clergy of all of Atlanta’s Conservative synagogues and institutions.

The scholar-in-residence program at B’nai Torah will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12. Hazzan Rosenblum will lead Kabbalat Shabbat services followed by Bluejean Shabbat; a free, light buffet supper; and an interactive study session on Shlomo Carlebach, one of the most important Jewish songwriters of our era. Hazzan Rosenblum will serve as guest cantor at Shabbat morning services—beginning at 9:00 a.m.—and speak on “Cantorial Cooking: Recipe for a Successful Synagogue” as well. Following a kiddush lunch at noon, Hazzan Rosenblum will facilitate a study session of Masoretic Midrash, an exploration of selected biblical portions through an examination of the cantillation marks, also known as tropes. The scholar-in-residence weekend is being sponsored by the Howard Seidband Fund for Adult Learning, the Cantorial Fund, and the Koffler Family.

Hazzan Rosenblum was appointed dean of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School in 1998 and is the first hazzan to hold that position. In 2002, he was awarded a doctor of Music, honoris causa, by JTS.

A graduate of Brooklyn College in New York, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Hazzan Rosenblum completed his cantorial studies at the Cantors Institute of JTS (now the H. L. Miller Cantorial School), from which he received the diploma of hazzan and a bachelor of Sacred Music degree in 1972.

After his investiture, Hazzan Rosenblum assumed the position of cantor at White Meadow Temple in Rockaway, New Jersey, until 1978 when he was installed as the hazzan of Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange, New Jersey. During his nine years there, he also taught hazzanut at JTS, conducted the New Jersey Cantors Concert Ensemble, sang with the Zamir Chorale of New York, and served on the board of the American Society for Jewish Music. From 1987 through 1998, Hazzan Rosenblum was the cantor of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois, and from 1997 to 1999 he served as the president of the Cantors Assembly, the international umbrella organization for cantors in the Conservative Movement.

*Kehillah Atlanta includes: Ahavath Achim Congregation, Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation B’nai Torah, Congregation Etz Chaim, Congregation Or Hadash, Congregation Shearith Israel, Gesher L’Torah, the Epstein School, Ramah Darom, and the Southeast Region of United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism.

Congregation B’nai Torah is located at 700 Mount Vernon Highway NE. For further information about the community Slichot program or the scholar-in-residence weekend, please contact the congregation’s office at (404) 257-0537.