Annual Cantors Assembly Conference Will Be in Spain

Girona, Spain
Girona, Spain

The Cantors Assembly Annual Conference will be held this year in Spain from July 3-14. The conference will begin in Barcelona with visits to Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, and Seville.

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Sephardic Sites and Sounds of Spain” and will commemorate 1,000 years of Jewish presence in Spain.

Participants will visit some of the key Jewish historical and culturally significant sites throughout Spain. Special Cantors Assembly concerts and celebrations will be held throughout the tour.

Scholars-in-Residence, Professor Stephen Berk and Professor Eliezer Papo, as well as local experts, will give historical presentations to the group. Time will be devoted to visiting local Jewish communities to hear their struggles and their successes, and to discuss the implications of the Spanish government opening the door to citizenship for Jews with Spanish roots.

Events During the Cantors Assembly Conference

Participants in the 2016 Cantors Assembly conference will enjoy the following events.

  • Walk in the steps of the ancient synagogue in Barcelona.
  • Tour the world famous Museo del Prado Museum in Madrid.
  • Enjoy a city tour of Madrid, visiting the beautiful Retiro Park, Centre de Arte’ Reina Sophia, and Royal Palace.
  • Visit the former Jewish center of Girona and home of the famous Ramban (Nachmonides).
  • Visit medieval towns of Banyoles and Besalu.
  • Visit the Grand Toledo Cathedral and the Transito Synagogue in Toledo, known as the Imperial
  • Experience a special Ladino program at Casa De Sefarad in Cordoba.
  • Tour the Alhambra Palace, where the expulsion decree was signed in 1492.
  • Discover the works of Gaudi, including the massive Segrada Familia and Guell Park in Granada.
  • Visit the Moorish Alcazar Palace and the Old Jewish Quarter in Seville.

What is a Cantor?

In Judaism, a cantor is the person who leads the congregation in prayer. Cantors work together with synagogue Rabbis to lead and educate members of the congregation. The primary role of cantors is to lead prayer services. If the synagogue has a choir, the cantor will work with them. They often prepare children for their bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies and teach adult education classes

A variety of cantorial schools offer degrees for people preparing for a career in the cantorate.

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