Messianic Daily News: Community News
Four cantors sang Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu at the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) graduation and Hashiveinu conference in Enfield, Connecticut, on May 15, 2015. The new graduates sang praises to Adonai as part of the Shabbaton, as they formally chanted Torah, Haftarah and the Brit Chadashah in the worship service for the first time in the United States. They also sang His praises to mark the completion of the two-year MJTI Cantorial course as the first class of certified Messianic Jewish cantors.
The four––China Mabee, Jeanne Bradshaw, Joyce Handler and Mark Mintz––earned the title “cantor” in the same way that rabbinic students earn the title “rabbi” following successful completion of their intensive studies and look forward to completing the ordination process in their respective Messianic organizations. The course, created and led by Cantor Rivka (Riki) Isachar-Benjamin, included learning the repertoire or Shabbat services and High Holidays, how to officiate at weddings, funerals and other Jewish life-cycle events, cantillation melodies for chanting Torah, Haftarah and special portions for other feasts, parsing (setting cantillation marks to Scripture) and chanting the Brit Chadashah and taking part in the study of the history of Jewish music, leadership in the synagogue and other disciplines.
Though the new Cantors come from a diverse background, each of them demonstrated their singular passion for serving Adonai through the two years of demanding studies while simultaneously juggling their obligations to their careers and their families.
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