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Notes Worth Knowing
February 12, 2020

The Color Love, a Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl
An unforgettable story about what you inherit from your family—identity, disease, melanin, hate, and most powerful of all, love.

The ACC-GTM convention committee is pleased to announce the addition of Marra B. Gad to the June 2020 San Diego Convention program. Marra will be

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Cantor Shedon Foster Merel, Cantor Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel
January 17, 2020

On July 2018, I wrote an article entitled, “Wanted: Listeners, not Interrupters,” for San Diego Jewish World. I received several revealing responses from friends and others, each with the same opening sentence: “I am guilty of being a poor listener.” Frankly, their confessions were not surprising as poor listening is endemicin our society. Even

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Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray
December 18, 2019

The lights of the menorah remind us of the brave Maccabees who stood up Antiochus of Syria who persecuted anyone who practiced Judaism. Our existence today reflects a strong spirit to withstand the hatred and anti-Semitism that sadly continues to this day. Hanukkah occurs as the days grow shorter and darker- we light candles literally to light

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Cantor Nancy Kassel
July 15, 2019

A few weeks ago, The ACC & GTM held it’s annual convention in Atlanta. While the name and logo attached to the convention was a spin on popular culture: PEACH PERFECT, this year’s convention had less of an emphasis on musical repertoire. Instead, the focus was on how we can use our voices, our positions and our own actions to inspire others

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Cantor Jonathan Comisar
May 13, 2019

COMMISSIONING NEW WORKS OF MUSIC:
SOME NOTES and BOLTS
by Cantor Jonathan Comisar

     One of the most rewarding creative endeavors in my music career has been the composition of new synagogue music, specifically as part of a commission.  It's exciting to collaborate with a cantor and/or synagogue community to create something

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