"A cantor is someone trained in the liturgical arts," Milder said. "A combination of scholarship, vocal artistry and spiritual sensitivity is the hallmark of a great cantor. Cantor Davis brings a wealth of knowledge, a beautiful voice and an engaging style to the sacred task of leading worship."
The Jewish High Holy Days include Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah services will be held at Congregation Beth Emek this Sunday evening and on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Yom Kippur services are on the evening of Sept. 18 and all day on Sept. 19.
"We are very excited about the rich musical heritage that Cantor Davis will bring to our worship," Rabbi Milder said. "The High Holy Days are known for their distinctive music that is sung only at this time of year. We are honored to have Cantor Davis open up the spiritual treasures of Jewish liturgy for us."
Reform Jews combine tradition and modernity, and that mix is reflected in their prayer book and in their music, according to the rabbi. Ancient melodies and contemporary compositions, folk and art music, all contribute to the unique style characteristic of Reform worship.
"The addition of Cantor Davis to our High Holy Day services means an expanded range of musical styles that will appeal to those who appreciate traditional chanting as well as those who are most spiritually engaged when they are singing," Milder added.
Congregation Beth Emek is located at 3400 Nevada Court. For more information on its High Holy Day services, call 931-1055 or visit www.bethemek.org.
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