Cantor Ellen Dreskin joins Temple Beth Or for High Holy Days

Jul 31, 2013

The High Holy Days are a special time for Jews, marked by holiday services known for their song and prayer.

This year Temple Beth Or welcomes Cantor Ellen Dreskin to share the bima with Rabbi Jessica Marshall. Cantor Dreskin is a nationally renowned cantor and musician in the Jewish community.

“We are pleased to have her join us for the High Holy Days services this year and look forward to engaging with her in song and prayer,” said Harold Dash, president of Temple Beth Or.

Service details are available on the Temple’s website at

Cantor Dreskin is an innovative leader in today’s reform movement. Her expertise extends from music to synagogue transformation, from experiential education to enlivened liturgy and mysticism.

She has worked with Jews of all denominations from Houston to Chicago and Los Angeles to Boston, both as a scholar in residence and in her capacity as past director of programs for Synagogue 2000, a national not-for-profit institute dedicated to revitalizing and re-energizing synagogue life in North America.

Dreskin has served as cantor and educator for congregations in Cleveland and New York, and has taught for many years on the faculty of URJ Summer Kallot, Hava Nashira and the URJ Kutz Camp Leadership Academy.

Dreskin is a native Texan, a 1986 graduate of HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music, has a master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University, and is proud to have recently received her honorary Doctorate of Music from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

She is the newly appointed coordinator of the Cantorial Certification Program at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR in New York.

She is married to Rabbi Billy Dreskin, and is extremely proud of their joint projects: Katie, Jonah (z”l) and Aiden.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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