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Women Cantors’ Network Conference
June 15-18, 2020
Temple B’nai Israel,  Oklahoma City,  OK


Conferences are the highlight of our year. They help us come together as a community of cantors, singers, spiritual leaders, teachers, and friends. As we have grown over the years since 1982, our conferences have evolved into a multi day experience of prayer, learning, song and spirit. Our tefillot are moving and meaningful—a musical feast that opens our hearts and minds to new possibilities.
Workshops by peers, mentors, and nationally recognized experts enrich our cantorate and help us grow and evolve.

The healing circle, during which we express our gratitude for the Women Cantors’ Network in our lives, helps us leave with a greater sense of purpose and a resolve to stay involved and close during the year.

Co-chairs: Lois Kittner and Robin Sparr
Conference Committee: Sherry Barnes, Kathy Barr, Jacqueline Breines, Susan Colin, Sandy Horowitz, Francyne Davis Jacobs, Debby Lewis, Emily Meyer, Elaine Moise, Anita Schubert, Robbi Sherwin, Barbara Stambler, Geri Zeller.

WCN 2019 Presenter Bios

Susan Colin is a Cantorial Soloist, award-winning composer, and the owner of oySongs.com, a digital music distribution company of Jewish music. Susan is the Cantorial Soloist and Music Director at Congregation NefeshSoul in Chandler, Arizona. Her music has been published by Transcontinental Music, Shalshelet, and licensed for films.

Arlene Frank was ordained in 2003 from The Academy for Jewish Religion, NY. She was the Cantor at Temple Beth El in Spring Valley, NY for 13 years. Presently, she lives in Buffalo and is the Cantor at Congregation Shir Shalom where she enjoys learning her way around her new home town, usually with her ukulele in hand. She is a member of the ACC, WCN, ARC and GTM.

Beth Hamon is a bicycle-riding, creative autodidact whose songs straddle the fuzzy line between Jewish and secular themes of justice, hope, renewal and love. Based in Portland, Oregon, she tours as an artist- and educator-in-residence at synagogues, community centers and camps across the country.

Beth was selected as one of the top five “New Voices In Jewish Music” by Forward magazine. Beth’s three recorded collections include liturgical settings and original compositions about life as experienced through a Jewish-American lens. She is at work on a fourth album of original Jewish folk music.

A graduate of Portland State University, Beth has over three decades of experience as an instrumental and vocal music educator in public schools and the independent drum corps movement. In addition to touring, she maintains a studio of private guitar and percussion students in Portland.

Sharon Hordes Sharon Hordes received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance fromIndiana University School of Music. She received her cantorial training through a joint- program established by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA and Gratz College in Melrose Park, PA. In June 2002 she became the first cantor to be invested through the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. For six years she served as the full-time Cantor at Ramat Shalom in Plantation, FL. After a year teaching Hebrew and Judaica at Eliyahu Jewish Day School in Louisville, KY, she began serving as Cantor at Conservative congregation Keneseth Israel in 2008 where she continues to this day. In 2015, she recorded a CD of Ladino and Sephardic music, “Mi Coraçon Sospira” and occasionally performs with her band, Transito, at local venues.

She has been a member of WCN since 2000 and is currently serving on the board as the VP of Special Programming and she recently joined the board of the Kentucky Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She is a member of the Cantors Assembly and will be participated in their upcoming annual conference here in Louisville this May. Sharon is appreciative of all of the loving support she gets from her husband of 17 years, George Schuhmann, as well as from their two daughters, Leah (12) and Melody (6).

Sandy Horowitz was ordained as a Cantor at the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2014, and has been the Cantor/Educator at Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia NJ for the past five
years. Sandy also leads bi-monthly Shabbat morning services, including text study on a variety of sacred topics, at Beth Am the Peoples Temple in Washington Heights, New York; and is a regular contributor to the Academy for Jewish Religion’s weekly devar Torah offerings. In her copious spare time Sandy composes Jewish sacred music for children and adults, tutors b’nei mitzvah students, and sings Italian Madrigals.

Francyne Davis Jacobs is a Cantor and Educator living in Houston, Texas, with her husband and 3 elementary aged children. She has held a variety of different positions over the years, including serving congregations full time as cantor, part time as educator, Hazzan Sheini, and traveling cantor (filling in as needed). Lately, she has been doing congregational work part time, in addition to teaching Music Together classes, Mommy & Me classes, tutoring independent B’nai Mitzvah students and, well, being a mom to three very active children. In her spare (?) time, she loves to cook, bake, run and workout, and read.

Deborah Katchko-Gray A fourth generation cantor and the second to serve a conservative synagogue, Deborah has served Cong. Beth El in Norwalk and The Conservative Synagogue of Westport. Since l999, Temple Shearith Israel, renamed Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield Counties in Ridgefield has been her spiritual home. Deborah founded the Women Cantors’ Network in l982, a national organization of about 250 members. Her archives are housed in the National Museum of American Jewish History where two items are permanently displayed. The American Jewish Archives houses her complete archives. Her story is included in the book, “ The Invisible Thread- A Portrait of American Jewish Women”.

Deborah’s recordings include Kindersongs, Jewish Soul, Passover Seder Songs, Katchko – Three Generatons of Cantorial Art, Hanukkah Songs of Light and Hope, A Cantorial Reunion, A Suite Shabbat, Shabbat Jam, and A Sacred Spirit. She has been a keynote speaker for Holocaust commemorations speaking on “ Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom”. She is a “scribe” writer for the Forward.

Her recordings are included in many of the Spirit Series through the Cantors Assembly. Her songbook, Katchko, is used at the Hebrew Union College’s cantorial school. She teaches hazzanut via Skype for the European Academy of Jewish Liturgy. She has published, Jewish Huck Embroidery, using Swedish Weaving to create heirloom tallitot. Her classes, “ Stitch and Kvitch” have inspired dozens of people to make tallitot. An amateur cellist, she plays with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra and the Allegra Chamber Players.

Deborah has four sons, with her husband, Dr. F. Scott Gray raised 6 sons with one new grandson. Elie Wiesel has said of her, “Listen to her. Debbie will enable you to hear and feel the exquisite beauty of Jewish melodies that must never be forgotten.” www.cantordebbie.com

Leahaliza Lee is a vocalist specializing in Sephardic song. She has performed at intimate house concerts, festivals, showcases, sacred music events, universities, and Carnegie Hall. She has studied both Western and Middle Eastern vocal technique. She serves as lay leader in two conservative congregations. Working in a variety of settings inspired Leahaliza to devise quick and fun vocal warm ups that can get your day of singing off to a good start, even when it starts before Shacharit.

Emily Howard Meyer is an accomplished composer, arranger, conductor, teacher, singer and pianist. She received a double Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Theory/Composition at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and a Masters of Music in Composition from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She has studied with composers Robert Ehle, Jean Echleberger-Ivey, Ronald Caltabiano and Chen Yi.

Her orchestral and choral compositions and arrangements have been performed by violinist Euguene Fodor, the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, the Omaha Conservatory Winter String Orchestra and the 2006 Great Plains Chanukah Children’s Choir. Many of her liturgical compositions have been performed in synagogues throughout the country.


An avid teacher, Emily has taught all aspects of music at Eastern Wyoming College,

Finger Lakes Community College and at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. She has also shared her love of Jewish music as a religious school specialist at Temple Israel and Beth El Synagogues of Omaha, NE, Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, MD, and B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, MD. Currently, Emily is the Cantorial Soloist for Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD.

Nina Paris is an Occupational Therapist who specializes in rehabilitation of the injured hand and Performing Arts Medicine. In 1992, she founded a non-profit organization, The International Foundation for Performing Arts Medicine (IFPAM), whose mission is to seek funding available to support medical programs, research, foster communication between healthcare professionals and those in the arts, injury prevention education and treatment for the performing artist.

Through her early career Nina focused on improving her knowledge of the treatment of hand injuries as well as developing administrative skills. In 1987, she learned about the new emerging specialty of Performing Arts Medicine and eventually accepted the position of Director of Occupational Therapy at the Kathryn and Gilbert Miller Health Care Institute for Performing Artists in New York City.

Today, Nina remains president/founder of the IFPAM and is a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and is licensed in the states of New Jersey and New York (inactive).

Jessi Roemer has been composing, performing, and serving Jewish communities in Philadelphia, PA since 2004. Jessi grew up in the Washington D.C. area, surrounded by her mother’s Yiddish, Hebrew, and American Folk music, cantorial melodies, and the Bluegrass-Klezmer music of the Fabrangen Fiddlers. Other influences include American blues, pop, and jazz, a capella groups, and the Middle-Eastern music Jessi came to know in the decade she spent living in Jerusalem. Jessi has performed at venues and festivals in Philadelphia, NYC, Washington, DC, Rockville, Yardley, Boulder, Western PA, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. She is a founding member of the Philadelphia Shir Singing Circle, and has taught at gatherings including at Isabella Freedman Sukkahfest, Let My People Sing, Ohalah Renewal Gathering, the Hadar Rising Song Institute, Philadelphia Jewish Federation events, and Spiritual Sounds Philadelphia. Her Jewish World Music group EZUZ has been delighting audiences for five years with original, spiritual, toe- tapping music. This summer, Jessi will release The Praise Project, a new solo album. Ordained by ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Jessi currently serves as Hazzan at Society Hill Synagogue in Center City. More at www.jessiroemer.com.

Jo Rothman is a queer activist and educator. In 2018, they held the first LGBTQ+ Inclusion Coordinator position at URJ Kutz Camp, leading programming for LGBTQ+ people and allies alike. They are nonbinary and use they/them pronouns. In their free time, they enjoy reading fantasy novels and baking. They currently work as a teacher’s aide and office assistant at Temple Israel in Natick, MA, and will be returning to college in the fall as a junior English major.

Moshe Rudin has long been a voice for Jewish renewal, engagement and commitment. With a background as varied and diverse as the American Jewish community itself, Rabbi Rudin has studied in Yeshivot (Rabbinical seminaries) in Jerusalem, lived and worked on Kibbutzim, and served in leadership roles in Jewish education, social action, Israel advocacy, camping and more. Innovative and nurturing, Rabbi Rudin brings passion, inspiration and creativity to spiritual leadership and education. He is inspired most by the personal stories and odysseys of those he has taught and served as spiritual leader. Motivated by a profound love for Torah and Am Yisrael (the Jewish people), Rabbi Rudin has shared his inspiration through teaching, music,

storytelling and forging strong connections both personally and professionally across age levels, denominations and faiths.

Originally from New England and the Midwest, and with roots in Conservative Judaism in which he was raised, Rabbi Rudin studied at Boston University before transferring to Haifa University. His rabbinic ordination is from the Academy for Jewish Religion. With a goal of creating a rabbinate of engagement, Rabbi Rudin has sought to make prayer and Torah more accessible to congregants through means as varied as music, drama, literature, art, discussion, meditation, cooking and classical text study.

Rabbi Rudin places the highest value on building individual relationships and strengthening connections. One of his favorite texts is from Rabbi Akiva’s description of Torah as sharing light from candle to candle: neither are diminished – instead, they are strengthened by each other and more light shines forth. For him, the rabbinate is loving service, being there for congregants in times of need as well as celebration.

Anita Schubert Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Anita has served Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform congregations in the Washington, D.C. area, New Jersey, and Chicago since 1987. Anita relocated to southeast Florida with her husband four years ago from Manchester, CT, where she was the cantor of Beth Sholom B’nai Israel for 14 years.

Anita currently serves as a religious school teacher and B’nei Mitzvah tutor at The Neshamah Institute in Boca Raton, and has been a traveling cantor for the High Holy Days. She also notates and transcribes music (A Yidl Music), is a co-editor for Kol Isha, the soon-to-be- published song book of compositions by WCN members, and is the Music Notation Editor ofAdding Our Voices:

An album of some of her compositions of prayers and songs was produced in 2007 (available on Oysongs.com), and several were published by Transcontinental. Anita is a member and past president of the WCN, and member of the Cantors Assembly.

A Connecticut-licensed nutritionist since 2013, she is writing a book to encourage Yidn to return to traditional cuisine. (Butter and schmaltz are nutritious and promote health!)

Rabbi Julie Schwarzwald is Director of Congregational Learning at Adath Shalom and a dual- certified teacher: Nursery-8th grade and Social Studies K-12. Julie received her MA from Teachers College, in Computers and Education, and has taught in public and private schools, including 12 years as a general studies teacher in a day school. Julie has been a congregational education director for five years.

Kathryn Wolfe Sebo became The Temple-Tifereth Israel’s cantor in 1999. She’s served the Cleveland area since 1985 and studied with Dr. Max Wohlberg (zl). A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, performing credits include Four Cantor’s at Severance Hall, productions of The Interview (Rifka), Rags (Rebecca), national tour of Guys and Dolls, four seasons with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Workmen’s Circle Yiddish Concert, and she’s featured on several recordings. She is a past president of the Women Cantors’ Network. Kathy and Rommie are the parents of Zachary (just married to Kayla), Joshua (marrying Beth this August), Rebecca and David.

Rena Shapiro is the Spiritual Leader of Beth Samuel Jewish Center in Ambridge, PA. She was ordained from the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2001 and subsequently taught cantillation there. She retired in 2014 from her long-time cantorial position in Poughkeepsie, NY and moved to western PA to be near her grandchildren. A frequent presenter at the WCN


The Torah of Jewish Women in Song (provisional title), a history and


anthology of Jewish feminist compositions.


conference and the North American Jewish Choral Festival, she is happy to be leading a congregation near her new home and to come back east to retain friendships and connections.

Robin Sparr (aka “Miss Robin Sue”) has been dancing since before she could walk, began teaching and choreographing in middle school, and has taught Israeli and international dance, creative movement, and ballet for students of all ages. She currently devotes her energy to line dance and West Coast Swing. In her spare time, Robin serves Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley in Lowell, MA as its rabbi, cantor, and education director.

Barbara Stambler has been teaching young people throughout her career, starting in 1971, as a bilingual/Spanish teacher and then as a music specialist and bar mitzvah tutor for the past 24 years. An accomplished guitarist, Barbara has provided cantorial accompaniment for 24 years and assisted in the training and leadership of Rinat Beth El, the junior choir at Temple Beth El of Northern Valley for 18 years, as well as being the family service accompanist. She is also employed by Temple Sinai of Bergen County.

Arlyne Unger has more than 25 years of experience as a Cantor, B’nai Mitzvah instructor and Jewish Educator. She served in these multiple capacities for many years at Beth Tikvah B’nai Jeshurun in Erdenheim, and is currently the part-time Cantor of Beth Am Shalom Reform Congregation in Lakewood, NJ, and the B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator at Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, PA. Arlyne has a passion for Nusach, and was delighted to have had the opportunity to teach Nusach to Cantorial students at Gratz College, and Hazzanut to Rabbinical students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She has served on the board of her various professional organizations – WCN, Jewish Educators Assembly and Cantors Assembly, and is currently the chairperson of the Cantors Assembly, Delaware Valley Region.

Rebecca Wanatick received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree in both Elementary and Special Education from University of Hartford. She has been engaged in the field of special education since she was old enough to volunteer her time. Rebecca spent 5 summers serving first as a counselor and then Rosh Edah for the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah New England. She began her professional career as a special educator in September 1991. She taught in the field of special education in the MA, FL and NJ public schools for 11 years prior to being home with her young children. Rebecca has maintained her role in the teaching profession as a religious school educator for the past 13 years and has spent 10 summers at Camp Deeny Riback, currently as the Inclusion Coordinator for the camp.

Rebecca is presently employed by Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, beginning her 11th year as the Manager of Community Inclusion for Greater MetroWest ABLE. Greater MetroWest ABLE (Access, Belonging and Life Enrichment for People and Families with Special Needs) engages families, synagogues and agencies in the Greater MetroWest community in creating a community that is accessible to all members. Greater MetroWest ABLE envisions a community made whole through the active and meaningful participation of all of its members, with opportunities for access to every aspect of Jewish life. Greater MetroWest ABLE serves 5 counties in our region, including over 90 congregations and is actively engaged with over 500 families in the community. As Manager of Community Inclusion, Rebecca serves as a facilitator between the families and Greater MetroWest support agencies, helping to make connections and raise the level of inclusive programming, community-wide. She coordinates both family and educator workshops, advocate training for teens, babysitting training programs for teens interested in working with children with special needs, engages with synagogue

inclusion committees, and provides outreach and advocacy resources for individuals with special needs and their families in the community.

Rebecca is married to her husband Michael for over 25 years and together they have two amazing sons. Sam is a sophomore at Penn State. Alex is a junior at Randolph High School. Both boys have had the incredible privilege of being Diller Fellows.

Andrea Wasser-Malmud, LCSW, CCBT is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years experience in the field of mental health and addictions counseling. She currently serves as a clinical consultant for the Mental Health Association of Morris and Essex Counties, Synagogue Social Work Consultant for Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, and private practice, Therapy Ventures LLC, Morris Plains, NJ.

Our conference will be held on June 17-20, 2019 at two locations:

Sonesta ES Suites Parsippany
61 Interpace Pkwy
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: 973-334-2907

Adath Shalom
841 Mountain Way
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Phone: 973-539-8549
Website: www.adathshalom.net

Registration fees do not cover lodging.  Please make your lodging reservation separately from our registration process.

Lodging will be the Sonesta ES Suites Parsippany.

There are 22 one-bedroom suites with 2 double beds, at $139/night, and 18 one-bedroom suites with 1 king bed, at $129/night.  Rooms include full kitchens, and a full breakfast each morning.

The one bedroom suites include a pull-out sofa bed, so people can triple if they wish, or two friends can share a king suite if one wishes to take the pull-out (or if they are happy to share a king bed.)

Please book your room for Monday, June 17 — Thursday, June 20  (Sunday, June 16 is for members of the WCN Board.)


Here are some things you may want to bring with you to the conference:

  • Worship needs: Tallit/kippah/tefillin
  • Preferred prayer book (copies of Sim Shalom and Mishkan Tefillah will be available, but if you daven from another, please bring it)
  • A sweater for inside the building
  • Bag or backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Recording devices
  • Chargers
  • Instruments
  • Any copies you might need if you’re presenting a workshop, or leading tefillah (we are expecting 100 guests).
  • Conference attire is casual and comfortable, however you define that!  Business casual attire is kindly requested for those leading services and/or workshops.


WCN 2019 Workshop Descriptions

Keynote: Kehillah Shlemah – How we Build Community

Creating whole and complete communities, from our congregations to our Jewish community agencies, is our ultimate goal. We have big ideas and expectations for our kehillah
shlemah. What do we need to do to get there? How do we welcome those who are not coming through our doors? And how do we know who we are missing?

Building Inclusive Congregational Communities (breakout sessions)
What would a fully inclusive congregation look like? Take a look within at the good work each of our congregations are doing. Learn how we can work with our congregants to better identify individual interests and needs. Learn what our congregations can do to differently to meet the needs of our families and begin to prioritize those goals.

Hesped/Shiva Workshop: A workshop on how to conduct a sensitive, productive, intake interview of grieving relatives, in order to write and deliver a meaningful and sensitive hesped/eulogy. Included in this presentation would be how to conduct a creative and meaningful shiva minyan.


Aicha Cantillation

Learn to chant the Book of Lamentations for Tisha B’Av. We will learn this system for Aicha, as well as the special melody for chapter 3. We will also sing some settings of some of the verses from Lamentations as well as other liturgy which is usually sung in conjunction with a Tisha B’Av service. You will be provided with the musical notation for this trope system, as well as text excerpts. If you would like to purchase a CD of the music of the tropes, they are available at $10 each. You are also welcome to record our workshop.

DIY Percussion Workshop: Make it! Play it!

Beth Hamon, a professional percussionist and music educator, shows you how simple household items and found objects can be turned into percussion instruments for pennies on the dollar of what the factory-made instruments would cost. After we make a few instruments, Beth will facilitate a Rhythm Jam so you can try out what you just created! This is a great opportunity for intergenerational programming back home, since it appeals to all ages. All materials will be provided, and everyone will have a chance to make something to take home.

Stitch & Kvitch: Challah Cover Project using Swedish Weaving (Materials fee: $20)
Learn a few basic stitches including a Jewish star for a hand crafted embroidered challah cover. Swedish Weaving is the technique, and the fabric is often called “huck”. Once you learn huck embroidery you’ll be a WCN Mother Hucker! It is an addicting and relaxing craft that can create heirloom tallitot, challah covers, table runners and more. All materials will be provided- 20.00 fee. If you want to match your dishes please bring 4 skeins of DMC Pearl Cotton #5 threads- A dark, medium and light of any color looks great – Michael’s crafts store or an embroidery store will have the threads. You can also order them from nordicneedle.com

Ukelele for All

This wonderful, pain free instrument marched into my life and in its understated, demure way fulfilled me on my Jewish musical journey. It is delightful and the more you hear what others and even you can do with it, the more you’ll fall in love. I am offering this hour long workshop


to introduce our friends to the feel good possibilities of ukulele. We will find our way around the instrument, learn a couple chords, strum and sing. That’s really all you need. Suggestions on great sing-along ukulele books and other resources for the ukulele will be shared. We will have quite a few ukuleles on hand so please join us!

Commissioned Work

Anita Schubert’s composition pairs verses from Kabbalat Shabbat Psalm 96, in Hebrew and English, with an English text I crafted honoring Israel in its 70th year. There are many references pertaining to the number 70 in the Tanach, several of which are included in the English lyrics. What they have in common suggests the idea of completion and totality. As Israel is now experiencing its 70th year, it is no longer struggling to survive, and has taken its place among the nations of the world. Now, it must turn to a new goal: spreading Torah values to those nations. The melody is upbeat. Anita will be presenting the solo version in the workshop; we will hear the choral version [SSA] at the concert.


A Shacharit Learners’ Service (with a little something for all!)
We will journey through the weekday morning service, incorporating traditional Nusach and learning how to weave contemporary melodies into this rubric. Information about the structure of the service, meaning of prayers, transitions in Nusach and service choreography will all be considered. Our hope is to bring a fresh perspective to the traditional prayer experience for both the novice and veteran davener.

Panel Discussion: Imas on the Bimah

How many of us have struggled to find a balance between family and work life? This panel will be a chance to hear from our fellow “Cantor/Moms” from across the generational spectrum about the challenges they have faced and what types of solutions they have come up with to feel successful in both areas of their lives.

Self Care

Nina Paris, an OT specializing in performing arts injuries and rehabilitation, will help us understand simple anatomy and body mechanics, discuss injury prevention techniques such as Alexander Technique and Feldenkreis, and explain how to identify signs and symptoms of performance-related problems, manage problems, and prevent re-injury.


Featuring selections from Kol Isha, the new songbook from the Women Cantors’ Network, our concert explores the many ways spiritual and religious texts can uplift and energize us, and also provide comfort and catharsis. This variety of songs and musical styles composed by members of the Women Cantors’ Network will offer something for every listener, to help them find a “way in” to their own journey.


Sacred Text Study: Conventional and Creative Approaches

In this session we will explore and engage in various approaches to text study – from the traditional to the more creative (including music of course!).

Sonesta ES Parsippany
61 Interpace Pkwy
Parsippany, NJ 07054

  • BY AIR:
    • From Newark Liberty International Airport
      Distance: 26.5 miles WEST to the hotel
      Take Interstate 78 West to Exit 48 (Routes 24&124). Take Rt. 24 West to Interstate 287 North and continue to Exit 41B (Route 80W). From 80W, exit at 42B (Cherry Hill Rd). Turn left at the first traffic light (Interpace Parkway). The hotel will be on the left.
    • From LaGuardia Airport
      Distance: 41.1 miles WEST to the hotel
      Head west on Central Terminal Dr and follow to LaGuardia Rd. Once on LaGuardia Rd, keep right and continue toward LaGuardia Access Rd. Take ramp on left onto Grand Central Pkwy and continue onto I-278E, a partial toll road. Take Exit 47 on left for I-87N/Major Deegan Expressway toward Albany. Follow signs for Exit 7S (left exit) for I-95S/US1S toward George Washington Bridge/Trenton. Follow I-95 Express S to I-80 Express W. Follow signs for I-80 Express W/Garden State Pkwy/Patterson. After about 21 miles, take Exit 42B toward US-46/Parsippany. Merge onto Cherry Hill Rd. Turn left at the first traffic light (Interpace Parkway). The hotel will be on the left.
    • JFK International
      Distance: 52.1 miles WEST to the hotel
      Heading northeast, take the ramp to Airport Exit and merge onto JFK Access Rd. Continue onto Van Wyck Expwy and onto I-678N, a partial toll road. After about 13.5 miles, get on I-95N toward New England. Take Exit 195W on the left and follow signs onto I-95S. Follow I-95 Express S to I-80 Express W. Follow signs for I-80 Express W/Garden State Pkwy/Patterson. After about 21 miles, take Exit 42B toward US-46/Parsippany. Merge onto Cherry Hill Rd. Turn left at the first traffic light (Interpace Parkway). The hotel will be on the left.
    • By Train, from Morris Plains Station, NJ Transit
      Distance: 4.0 miles SOUTH to hotel
    • Taxi Charge (one way): $25.00
      Take Rt. 202 N for about 4 miles. After crossing under I-80, turn left at the first traffic light (Interpace Parkway). The hotel will be on the left.
  • MORE INFORMATION ON GETTING TO THE HOTEL: see: https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Newark-Airport-EWR/Sonesta-ES-Suites-Parsippany

Adath Shalom
841 Mountain Way
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Phone: 973-539-8549

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Copyright Policy: Women Cantors’ Network
April 2015

The WCN is an organization that respects music and musicians and composers. It is our responsibility as carriers of Jewish music traditions to adhere to both the letter of the civil law, as well as Torah law, when it comes to copyright. The following are the rules for music usage, sharing and performance:

Part I: Copyright Rules at Conferences:

Written Music:

Permission to use music at the conferences is required. This includes at T’filah, unless the piece is in public domain. The individual composer or arranger will let you know if they require licensing and fees.

All music that is disseminated at the WCN Conference and must be clearly labeled: “WCN – For one-time use only. Copying not permitted.”

Note: this goes for written music and for chord/guitar tablature, as well as well as electronic sharing: overhead/power point presentations, tablets or any electronic or digitized forms. This is solely the responsibility of the person sharing the music at a conference in any form: worship, sessions/workshops or song/niggun share.

In addition, post-conference, none of the written music may be copied, re-used, shared, posted, given away or sent in any form without express written permission of the composer/arranger. Again, the onus falls to the person presenting/performing the piece of music.

Conference Concert performances:

Due diligence must be used in obtaining permission and licensing, if required, by the composer/arranger, to sing a piece in concert or performance – whether or not a fee is charged for attendance.

T’filah/Worship Services:

Singing at a worship service falls under Fair Use for churches and only the performance of the music is covered, not a song sheet with lyrics only, or a power point, or other electronic use. Permission/licensing (as above) is required for pieces that are used under other conditions. Under Fair Use law, you may make a copy for an accompanist, but that copy is not allowed to be used again after the performance.


The laws regarding streaming are very complex and are changing constantly. As we do not have a clearinghouse (such as BMI or ASCAP) that polices and pays Jewish composers, it is recommended that we do not stream anything at the conference. Legal experts are divided on this, and, in the absence of a clear mandate, our tradition calls on us to be cautious, and err on the side of NOT stealing someone’s work.

Note: Fair Use covers only “brick and mortar” performances – in the actual building of the worship service. Once it leaves the building (via the web, for example), no matter whether you are making money or not, you are breaking copyright law. The lack of money changing hands does not negate the fact that you cannot broadcast, disseminate or share music that you do not own the copyright to.

Part II: List-Serve and Sharing:

“Does anyone have a copy of…?”

It is against the law to give someone else music that is not yours. Period. We have many resources at the WCN, and requests for music can and should be followed up with links to these resources: “Hey, I love and use So-and-So’s V’shamru. Here is how you can reach her,” or “you can find it on OySongs or with Hal Leonard or HaZamir Publications…” or hundreds of others. Requesting chords to a song, without requesting written music should be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please use your discretion. Ideally, all requests should be forwarded directly to the composer or publishing company.

“My office was just moved and I have in it a box, but can’t find it and I need it by tonight!”

Again, please use your discretion – if they already own it, it falls under Fair Use.

The easiest law to remember: If you don’t own it, you can’t share it. Go directly to the composer/arranger – most in the Jewish music world are overjoyed to share! Adrian Durlester is compiling a list of composers and publishers that he is happy to share with the WCN at a future date.

Respectfully submitted,

Robbi Sherwin, Vice President
Women Cantors’ Network

Conference Registration

  • $275 Full Conference until Jun. 1
  • $300 Late Registration Full Conference after Jun. 1
  • $325 Walk-Ins, Full Conference
  • $175 Student Full Conference
  • $120 One Day
  • $50 Student One Day
  • $100 Student Two Day
2019 Conference Schedule
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