Cantillation, or “trope” has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. My mom, Evelyn Wolman, taught the Bat Mitzvah girls in our conservative synagogue in Baltimore. In the ‘60’s, the girls had their Bat Mitzvah on Friday nights, when they would chant the haftorah. I inherited the job for a short period before I made Aliya.
Susie learned haftarah trope from my mom, her neighbor. Then, Susie and I learned torah reading together, with Emanuel Alon. In time, I also learned the trope for the megillot.
Over the past 40 years, I have taught hundreds of Bar and Bat Mitzvah children. It gives me great satisfaction to know that the learning experience I provided, added meaning and enjoyment to their preparation for such an important life event! I am honored to participate in this project honoring Susie Dvoskin.