Mifgash Musicale

2017 Mifgash Musicale

July 23-27, 2017
Shalosh Regalim (Three Festivals) & Life-Cycle Events

on the campus of Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio

Lynn Hudson, HUC-JIR SGS
lhudson@huc.edu     513-487-3237
3101 Clifton Ave.  Cincinnati OH, 45220
Dormitory or Hotel housing is available


2017 Faculty: Cantor Joshua Breitzer and Dale Schaltz

Josh Breitzer

Joshua Breitzer is cantor and music director of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. Considered one of his generation’s leading talents, Cantor Breitzer has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Concert Hall. For the past several years he has appeared with the New York Festival of Song in their annual “A Goyishe Christmas to You” program and has enjoyed significant collaborations with Pulitzer Prize-winner Yehudi Wyner as part of the Boston Jewish Music Festival and on Wyner’s recent album Sacred Music. As a dedicated and passionate Jewish music educator, Cantor Breitzer has coached young artists at NYC Opera, The Juilliard School, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. He has also taught at the Academy of Jewish Religion, the URJ Kutz Camp, and the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and was the founding conductor of HaZamir Brooklyn, a chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir

A mid-Michigan native, Cantor Breitzer attended Interlochen Arts Camp and holds voice degrees from the University of Michigan and the New England Conservatory. Prior to receiving ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2011 and eventually joining the adjunct faculty there, Cantor Breitzer presented a graduate thesis on the sacred vocal works of Jack Gottlieb, with whom he worked closely during the last months of the composer’s life. As a trustee of the Theophilous Foundation, Cantor Breitzer furthers Gottlieb’s creative legacy.

Cantor Breitzer is a Storahtelling-trained “maven,” an inaugural participant in Piyut North America, and a Vice President of the American Conference of Cantors. He has served in advisory roles for the Central Conference of American Rabbis Press and the American Society of Jewish Music and is a delegate to the URJ Joint Commission on Worship, Music and Religious Living. The Forward picked Cantor Breitzer to include in its 2015 list “Soundtrack of Our Spirit: 21 Jewish Voices that Move Us.” Together with his wife Donna, Cantor Breitzer is pleased to call Park Slope home to their young sons Jonah and Gideon.

Dale Schatz

Dale Schatz is known for his skills in the field of Jewish Early Childhood music.  He teaches and leads Early Childhood Center t’fillot at Sinai Akiba Academy of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Schatz is also a popular and frequent visiting Shaliach Tzibor, offering an intense instrumental accompaniment in a variety of denominational settings and providing Jewish communities with an alternative experience of authentic Jewish Prayer. Dale has regularly scheduled Shabbatot services several times each year in the following communities:  Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Adat Shalom (West Los Angeles), and Shomrei Torah Synagogue (West Hills, CA) as well as the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (CA). He has served Jewish communities nationwide, including as Artist-in-Residence for Adas Israel, (Washington DC) .

Dale and his band enliven services at Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA) each year on Chanukah Friday Night and Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah.  The band is known for their interpretation of klezmer and pop styles and they have performed at more chupahs and wedding parties within the Conservative Jewish community than any other single ensemble in Southern California.

Dale is Past President of Los Angeles Hebrew High School and has served on the Board of Directors of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, CA.  Dale and Tracy’s four children are good kids, Ramahniks, and connected to the Jewish communities in the far-flung places they find themselves, including Rebecca as a rabbinical student and candidate for ordination of the Ziegler Class of 2017; Sammy as founder of Stanford Jewish Law School Students; Jacob as a Religious School teacher and services leader in Philadelphia; and Jonah as president of Hillel at USC.


Mifgash_2008_Simchat_Torah_62Mifgash Musicale: Summer Institute for Synagogue Musicians of all types — Cantorial Soloists, Music Directors, Accompanists, Choir Directors, Composers – anyone involved in Jewish music and the creation of services.  A joint program of  Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in conjunction with the American Conference of Cantors and the Guild of Temple Musicians, Mifgash Musicale is designed for people who have some experience leading worship but want to engage in more in-depth study of a variety of subjects relevant to leading musical worship.

Ellen Dreskin and Danny MasengHere you will train one-on-one with some of the finest scholars, composers, musicians, and teachers within the Reform Movement. Faculty have included Composers Ben Steinberg, Bonia Shur z”l, Samuel Adler, Cantor Rachelle Nelson, Danny Maseng and Josh Nelson.  Scholars Rabbi Rick Sarason, Cantor Bruce Ruben, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Cantor Alane Katzew and Cantor Yvonne Shore.  Accompanists Dr. Alan Mason, Cantor Jonathan Comisar, and Aryell Cohen and many more.

The program runs through a three year cycle of education – Shabbat, High Holy Days, and Festivals and other holidays.  The program for 2017 will focus on Three Festivals and Life-Cycle Services.

No matter what year you choose, the course of study and the music learned will enrich all your musical services.  It’s an experience not to be missed.

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