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Great cantors never stop learning. There are always more skills to master, more questions to ask, more scholarship to digest, more melodies to sing! The ACC seeks to engage our members in the continual process of improving ourselves and our craft through a comprehensive program of professional development – and that program is centered here.


February 3, 2021: 7:30pm

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February 8, 2021: 2:00pm

Join us for A Taste of Resetting the Table, with Eyal Rabinovitch:

We will introduce participants to a few core principles and one key skill to support conversations across political divides/disagreements, especially on contentious issues. Participants will practice this skill in conversation with one another across some lines of politica...

February 10, 2021: 1:00pm

Ancient & Modern: Notating Minhag AngliaPresenter: Dr. Danielle Padley

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The British custom of Jewish worship (known as "minhag Anglia") has been interpreted in multiple different ways. Said to have developed with the Chief Rabbis Nathan Marcus Adler and Herman Adler during the mid-to-late nineteenth century, th...

June 27, 2021 - June 30, 2021

Times and details to be provided soon! June 27-30, 2021 with the ACC Plenary concluding the session on Wednesday, June 30.

June 27, 2022 - July 5, 2022

ACC-GTM Mission to Israel

Tentative Dates are June 27-July 5, 2022


Part 1 – What’s next?? Rosalie will facilitate a conversation about what the next emergent questions are around hybrid worship. How will we define success and what might it look like? Where are the opportunities and pitfalls we can consider with our leadership? What did we learn before and during the Holy Days that can inform our thinking?


The window for primary language acquisition closes by the time we turn five years old. After that, it is possible to internalize a language and even become fluent - but learning it will forever be a life-long journey.


We will study a passage in the Zohar that focuses on the sefirotic and erotic significance of the Shema. The mystical purpose of this central prayer is to stimulate zivvuga qaddisha, the sacred union of the divine couple: Shekhinah and the Holy One, blessed be He.

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Cantor Jason Kaufman is a leader in the Reform movement in the work of civic engagement and social justice.  In 2018 he was the national co-chair of the URJ Civic Engagement Campaign and in 2019 created the 2019 Virginia Civic Engagement Campaign with a leadership group at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria VA, where he has served since...