This program is made possible by the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, the Messerschmidt Memorial Fund at the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, and the Covenant Foundation
This yearlong experience is designed to empower individuals to lead worship services, shiva minyans, singing circles, and more within their own communities. Through monthly online classes and individual coaching sessions with Cantor Nesis, participants will build the skills needed to succeed as prayer leaders. We received an incredible amount of interest in this program, with more applicants than available spots. Applications have closed, but depending on the success of this first cohort, the Center and partners may consider offering a second cohort next year—stay tuned!
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There will be three main tracks: Davening, Song, and Spirituality
In addition to the Shlichei Tzibur program, the Center for Small Town Jewish Life is pleased to offer training in Torah and Haftarah trope with the Center’s Rabbinical Student Fellow Eliana Willis starting in late fall 2021 (date to be determined). If you are interested in receiving updates on this opportunity, please contact Liz Snider at [email protected] We will send you information as the program comes together.
Sheila Nesis is a cantor and mother of two. She most recently served as cantor at Temple Sinai in Denver, Colorado. Prior to that, she served progressive congregations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and New York City. Her writings appear in various Jewish publications, including Kveller, The Forward, and Ritualwell, among others. Originally from Argentina, she currently resides in Portland, Maine.