We're excited to offer both Reform and traditional worship options for the High Holy Days 5780.
Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig, our new spiritual leader for the coming year, will lead the Reform service with Cantor Yvon F. Shore, Director of Liturgical Arts and Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
Cantor Shore will join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur worship, as well as several Shabbat services. Maestro Robert Nance will accompany Cantor Shore on keyboard. In addition, members of our former Hazemir choir will reunite to add their voices during holiday evening services and Yizkor.
Cantor Shore earned a Masters in Sacred Music and Ordination through HUC-JIR, New York. She received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Chester University, College of Visual and Performing Arts with a double major in flute and conducting.
Cantor Shore took additional studies in ethnomusicology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC with Bathja Bayer, Israel Adler, Amnon Shiloah, Edwin Seroussi, and Johoash Hirshberg. She continued graduate studies with an emphasis in musicology at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and liturgy at HUC-JIR Cincinnati.
Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support of Cantor Shore's visit.
Cantor Michael J. Small will lead traditional services this fall during the High Holy Days at Congregation Achduth Vesholom.
After many years leading High Holy Days services in the Chicago area, Cantor Small said he’s excited to return to Fort Wayne, where he’s previously served as the guest spiritual leader for holidays at Congregation B’nai Jacob.
Cantor Small grew up in Kansas City, MO, attending Beth Shalom Congregation and spending summers as a camper and staff member at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.
After graduating from Brown University in 1985, he spent a year studying in Jerusalem at Midreshet Yerushalayim (now known as the Conservative Yeshivah) and then earned an M.A. in Judaic Studies from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in NYC.
Cantor Small said he’s continued to learn and study as a lay person. An active synagogue member now at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, IL, he frequently davens as a shaliach tzibur (prayer leader) and gives lay sermons.
He served for eight years as a board member of Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield, IL, including two years as president. Professionally, Cantor Small practices law and is a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP in Chicago.
He and his wife, Sheila, have three daughters. Cantor Small said he and his family have fond memories of their holidays at B’nai Jacob and look forward to making new ones together with the congregation.