She grew up in Haifa, Israel, in a large family that was always singing and dancing. Ever since she was a little girl, she says, she has been living life as the strongest person she could be and adding music and tradition wherever she goes. Paz describes her childhood as a wonderful time in her life.
You could hear the mothers and fathers singing while cooking and cleaning and the kids were singing and dancing. It was a lot of fun. Paz and her family would gather during the holidays and celebrate Israeli traditions together. Her mother would make latkes and sufganiyot jelly doughnuts during Hanukkah.
On Shabbat, her father would go to the synagogue and then her family would have a traditional dinner. They would say prayers and blessings for what they had. Paz says she continued this nostalgic tradition when she had kids.
When Paz was 18 years old she left home to join the Israeli army. It was a big transition in Israel for young adults to join the military. Placing standards of cantorial knowledge and ability within a curricular framework," the School of Sacred Music "attempted to improve the cantor's religious standing.
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HUC Dean Franzlblau conducted an exploratory survey of North American Reform congregations to gauge their "receptivity to cantor-educators in The school's earliest curriculum responded to this need, training what were called "cantor-educators," or cantors with additional training in education. Cantorial certification was awarded after three years of study. The SSM has since undergone a significant evolution, first offering a bachelor's degree in four years, beginning in the fall of and ultimately conferring a Master of Sacred Music over the course of five years and culminating with investiture as cantor.
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Successful completion of the five-year School of Sacred Music program allows the newly ordained cantor membership in the American Conference of Cantors. This professional organization was established in by the early graduates of the SSM. The ACC currently serves over cantors, offering conventions, newsletters, a listserve, and placement support. Responsible for raising the professional standards of synagogue musicians, the ACC offers continuing education programs in conjunction with HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music and professional development opportunities for its members.
Members of the ACC have special expertise in the music of the Jewish people and serve synagogues and communities in pastoral, worship, programming, and educational roles. The ACC sponsors an annual convention and publishes Koleinu, a regular newsletter. Goldman became the first openly gay president of the American Conference of Cantors.
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