Before I recorded Haftarah Bo, I had no idea what those trope squiggles meant. But when Susie Dvoskin, my beloved friend of nearly 50 years, invited me to participate in this marvelous project, I knew I had to do it! With Susie’s tutoring (via Skype) from 7,500 miles and 10 time zones away, I set about learning.
What a wonderful learning experience it has been – one that has stretched my brain to learn a new musical language and has given me the gifts of continuing this Jewish tradition and passing it on to others. Plus visiting with Susie during our Skype lessons!
I’ve been an active leader at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, a progressive, historically LGBTQ Reform synagogue in the San Francisco (California) Bay Area for over 30 years.