This program is made possible by the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, Central Synagogue, Park Avenue Synagogue, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, and the World Union for Progressive Judaism.
The training program is designed to:
What specific areas and practical skills will be covered?
There will be three main tracks: Davening, Song, and Spirituality
Understanding the structure of Friday evening and Shacharit Shabbat worship
Understanding the role of the Shaliach Tzibur (emissary of the congregation)
Learning Nusach (traditional liturgical motifs)
How to outline and lead a worship service (Kabbalat Shabbat and Shacharit Shabbat)
Gain confidence in offering creative Kavanot (intentions)
Cantor Sheila Nesis has served congregations in Denver, Phoenix, and New York City and is currently Cantor in Residence at Etz Chaim Synagogue in Portland, Maine. She is the creator and educator of the Prayer Leadership Training program at the Center for Small Town Jewish Life. She has been selected to be part of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Clergy Leadership Program beginning in January 2023. Her writings appear in various Jewish publications, including The Times of Israel, Kveller, The Forward, and Ritualwell. Originally from Argentina, she lives in Cumberland Foreside, Maine, with her husband and two children.