My Personal Cantor

Celebrating 7 Years

Shema Koleinu – 7 Magical Years 7. The number 7 carries tremendous significance  in both the Bible and in numerology.  7 represents completion, rest, and an opportunity to review that which we created. Today, my heart soars as I celebrate #7 with my Shema Koleinu unaffiliated Jewish community in South Florida, with my father, Rabbi Steve, … Read more

Another great-full year, welcome 5776!

Shema Koleinu with Cantor Debbi

I haven’t even begun to process the last 10 days, but I simply must express my heartfelt joy and appreciation for those who helped make it the most successful HiHo ever. Although I am completely exhausted, today, my heart is soaring. First and foremost – thanks go out to my Dad, Rabbi Stephen Spiegel, who gave … Read more

It’s Official! Shema Koleinu announces High Holiday Worship Services 5772!

 High Holiday Worship Services with Cantor Debbi Ballard Begin for the first time 7 years ago, I performed my first wedding.  6 years ago, I performed my first Bat Mitzvah.  Today, I am so proud to announce the official launch of “Shema Koleinu“, our non-profit synagogue-like organization that provides outreach to South Florida’s Jewish and … Read more

I’ll Have a Double Helping of Upbeat Spirituality – Hold the Dogma!

Reading back over some of my past blogs, I was reminded of one of my all time favorites.  Given that the topic is so prevalent again, today, and I have so many new readers, I wanted to bring it out of hiding, and into the forefront again.  Enjoy! Reprinted from August 17, 2008 by cantorballard On … Read more

My Hanukkah Shabbat Rockin Eve at TBE Boca

Last night was so much fun!  Once again, I enjoyed myself thoroughly at TBE Boca! A couple of weeks ago, I was there to see one of my favorite Jewish music artists, Julie Silver, and the night was magic. Last night, Dan Nichols performed and co-led services with Steve Dropkin, and the TBE staff.  I … Read more

Closing out the High Holidays 2008

So, now that High Holidays are officially over, with the completion of Simchat Torah, I really didn’t want to let much time go by without talking about what an incredible experience I had at Temple Beth David, in Palm Beach Gardens. I must start off by saying thanks to Cantor Ann Turnoff, for recommending me … Read more