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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.

CLASSES AND SEMINARS

January 31, 2022: 1:00pm - 3:00pm - 3:00pm
Synagogue Management

As we have witnessed through recent events, safety and security are of utmost importance to us as individuals and as the greater Jewish community. Understanding and learning practical techniques to improve your level of situational awareness is one component of keeping yourself and your congregation safe and secure. Cantors are in a unique posit...

February 22, 2022: 12:30pm - 2:00pm - 2:00pm

Save the dates for this four-part program

January 25, February 8, February 22, and March 8, 2022

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST

Moral Voices: Enabling white clergy to acknowledge their positional power and use their moral voices to address oppression inside our Jewish communities

For those of us who are white Jews, the deep...

March 8, 2022: 12:30pm - 2:00pm - 2:00pm

Save the dates for this four-part program

January 25, February 8, February 22, and March 8, 2022

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST

Moral Voices: Enabling white clergy to acknowledge their positional power and use their moral voices to address oppression inside our Jewish communities

For those of us who are white Jews, the deep...

June 7, 2022 - June 8, 2022
Convention Programming

We are excited to announce that we are planning an ACC-GTM summer gathering for June 7-8, 2022.

The ACC leadership team who spent time at the end of the 2021 Plenary discussing future gatherings heard your feedback that you want to be together! While we are committed to finding ways to strengthen our regional connections, you were clear t...

June 26, 2023 - June 28, 2023

Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA: June 26-28, 2023 (ACC Board Meeting on June 29, 2023)

Liturgy

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?

Musicology

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.

Liturgy

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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Technology

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Technology

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Politics

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...