My Personal Cantor

My first published Ezine article!

Great News! My article on planning an Interfaith wedding was published today on Ezine! http://ezinearticles.com/?Making-an-Interfaith-Wedding-a-Family-Affair You might be thinking that planning your Jewish/Interfaith wedding will be all about the conflict – but you can create a ceremony that everyone will love. By focusing on the relationship, and choosing traditions and readings to honor both sides, … 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

Planning your Interfaith Wedding ceremony

I just stumbled on a great site – www.shebrew.com, and there I found an article by Leslie Hershman, a Reform Jewish bride, marrying a non practicing Catholic. It was so great to read her post, because this is exactly what I do in my practice when planning an Interfaith wedding. I’m much more concerned about … 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

Russia – Meet Mexico!

I just returned last night from my 4 day trip to the Riu Palace in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where Dan and Rita were married in the most beautiful ceremony (if I do say so, myself). What an amazing group of people this was! I must admit, I was a bit unsure if I would … Read more