Reform faces the music once again

Josh Nelson, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Craig Taubman, Cantor Zöe Jacobs, Shira Kline and Cantor Rosalie Boxt

Josh Nelson, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Craig Taubman, Cantor Zöe Jacobs, Shira Kline and Cantor Rosalie Boxt

The role of music in Jewish life was celebrated at a Movement for Reform Judaism conference attended by almost 100 delegates from 25 communities.

With sessions at the Sternberg Centre, Finchley Reform Synagogue and Alyth (North Western Reform), the conference — the second organised by the Reform movement — featured experts in Jewish liturgical music. Delegates explored the use of music to enhance religious services and learned new melodies and choral harmonies for traditional prayers.

The conference closed with a concert at Alyth by Craig Taubman, a prominent liturgical composer.
MRJ community development director Pam Goldsmith said: “It was a hugely successful few days and a great example of what we can do when we join together.

“Through activities like this we can enhance the musical and spiritual life of our members and communities across the country, contributing to engaging and inspiring services.”
The conference — also involving the Jewish Music Institute — was the brainchild of Zöe Jacobs, the UK’s first Progressive cantor.

Last updated: 10:45am, July 22 2013