Scholar in Residence – Cantor Rosalie Will

Wednesday, February 17    
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Scholar-in-Residence Cantor Rosalie Will

Finding Meaning in Prayer During the Pandemic and Beyond

Cantor Rosalie Will, Director of Worship and Music for the Union for Reform Judaism, will join us for both an evening of study and an evening of prayer:

An Evening of Study with Cantor Rosalie Will
Wednesday, February 17, at 7 PM
Cantor Will will guide a conversation exploring what each of us are looking for when we come to Schaarai Zedek for a service. We’ll look at both the challenges and opportunities our services over the past year have presented us with and how they may impact our services together when we’re back together in person.

Zoom link:
Zoom Meeting ID: 989 3747 2875
Zoom Password: 97908

An Evening of Prayer with Cantor Rosalie Will
Friday, February 19, at 7 PM
Cantor Will joins our clergy, leading our Friday evening service, building on our conversations as a group on Wednesday night and creating a meaningful experience for everyone at home. Cantor Will will join us at our Zoom Oneg Shabbat following the service to schmooze and answer any questions.

Zoom Oneg:
Join on Zoom
Meeting ID: 961 5745 9472
Passcode: 3303876

Cantor Will’s visit is made possible by the Rabbi Richard and Donna Birnholz Education Fund

Cantor Rosalie Will consults congregations on issues of worship, music, and synagogue transition and change and mentors clergy in the field, trains song leaders, leads worship, and creates singing communities. She also serves as the Director of Worship and Music for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Rosalie served from 2001 until 2017 as Cantor of Temple Emanuel in Kensington, Maryland, just north of Washington DC immediately after being invested Cantor from the School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.  She is a product of URJ Camps and NFTY and received her undergraduate degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is a Synagogue 3000 Fellow, is a Partner in the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health and is a past Vice-President for Member Relations of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC). She is frequently asked to write or present workshops on worship trends, serve on panels, and teach song leading to teens and adults.  Through PresenTense, an incubator for young Jewish social entrepreneurs she launched a project called Kesher Shir: a venture which brings together Jewish musicians from diverse backgrounds to study, collaborate, and create meaningful music that will enrich and enliven worship and strengthen communities.

You can learn more about Rosalie at

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