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Sunday, November 21 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
How a Girl From the Suburbs Became the First Female Cantor in Jewish History

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Why would an awkward little suburban girl of the 50's decide to become a cantor? In Girl Cantor, the answer is explored. Barbara Ostfeld will talk about following the sound of her own voice as its high pitch shattered a stained glass ceiling. "Little Barbi" could imagine being on the bima, wearing a black robe and singing in Hebrew, but she didn't anticipate the different kinds of ridicule that "Cantor Ostfeld" would encounter. Never would Barbara have guessed that, 40 years after her lonely ordination, female cantors would be commonplace in North American liberal synagoges. If you've ever struggled to find your voice, if you've ever dared to mouth off, Barbara's story will ring true.

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Barbara Ostfeld

Barbara Ostfeld didn’t become obsessed by singing until she was two. Though she didn’t learn to ride a bike until she was twelve and never did learn to climb to the top of the rope in gym, at seventeen she innocently cracked through a stained glass ceiling and was admitted to... Read More →

Sunday November 21, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST