My Personal Cantor

What DO we want from Hebrew Schools?

Gary Rosenblatt, Editor of The Jewish Week, wrote an incredibly insightful and timely article today, that I felt compelled to finally write about, after giving this much thought for oh – 20+ years or so. Even though the work I am doing is moving rapidly in that direction, I have been somewhat fearful of putting … Read more

What is a Jewish community?

“With Intention” recently posted an article about Jewish community… http://michaeltpullen.wordpress.com/2008/07/09/jewish-community-what-is-it-for This is a question I come up against daily. My reply is below You have a great point, and one that I write about frequently. I thoroughly believe that at one point, synagogues were vital to perpetuating Jewish continuity in the U.S. Today, however, I … Read more

About Cantor Debbi Ballard

I have a rich and varied background that brings me to where I am today. As a child growing up in a Conservative Jewish community, I was mesmerized and transformed by the musical experience of singing in synagogue with my family. Our Jewish holiday celebrations and lifecycle events became the most special moments in my … Read more

Keeping it in the family…

As if helping people, working with them at their happiest times in life, and traveling all over the world isn’t good enough – there’s yet one more reason why I absolutely LOVE what I do. That reason is my friend Liz’s family, for whose family I have truly become “Their Personal Cantor”. Let me tell … Read more

More on High Holidays, 2008

Well, it’s amazing what happens when you put something out into the universe that you want to get back.  No sooner did I write this post, did I receive a phone call from Rabbi Leon Olenick, my friend, and much respected colleague.  I’ll write more about him in a moment, but for now, the important … Read more

What a month!

I can’t believe it has been an entire month since I posted last, and I can’t believe how much has taken place since then as well. The wedding experience in Mexico was amazing, and as soon as I got home, it was time to prepare for Trevor’s 18th birthday on the 22nd. And then, of … Read more