Join us for a Learn and Lunch with Cantor Hinda Eisen Labovitz following Shabbat morning services. Register here!
The deadline to register is Tuesday, December 1.
As long as there has been rabbinic Judaism there has been the position of chazzan; yet, as long as there has been the position of chazzan, Jews have disagreed upon his (or her) qualifications and responsibilities. Cantor Hinda Eisen Labovitz, who explored this subject as part of her masters thesis, “Qualifications and Vocation of the 21st Century Cantor,” will lead a discussion guided by classical texts regarding both chazzan and sheliach tsibbur (are they the same?), and ask the community to evaluate whether these qualifications translate into the 21st century shul.
Cantor Hinda Eisen Labovitz is the cantor educator of Ohr Kodesh Congregation, a traditional conservative synagogue in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She achieved cantorial ordination and a masters degree in Judaic studies in June of 2014 from Hebrew College’s School of Jewish Music, where she was awarded the Israel Pollack Award for excellence in Judaic scholarship. She also served as the 2014 Gideon Klein Scholar through Northeastern University, where she studied the Holocaust-era Westerbork Cabaret. Cantor Labovitz’s current academic interests include women’s prayer, cantorial history, and clergy ministry with social media. She is married to Bob Labovitz.