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Yom Sheini, 13 Heshvan 5779

 

 

OUR MISSION

STATEMENT:

 

“My House Shall be Called a House of Prayer For All Peoples”

 

To provide a spiritual,

cultural and educational environment inspired by the highest Reform Jewish values.

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Cantor Jennifer Rueben

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Cantor, Ohef Sholom Temple
cantorjen@ohefsholom.org

Cantor Jennifer Rueben is thrilled to join the clergy team at Ohef Sholom this year. A native of Richmond, she has taken a long path back to the Old Dominion, by way of Maine, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Israel, and New York. She is so excited to be back home in Virginia and to serve the Ohef Sholom community. Cantor Jen was ordained at Hebrew Union College's Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in May of 2017.

Cantor Jen bases her clergy work on building relationships. Her teaching is focused on using creative means to find the ways that Judaism can enhance our lives throughout the life cycle. She takes a special interest in b'nai mitzvah and is committed to helping each student to create an experience that is both challenging and meaningful. She cherishes the time she spends with each student, teaching them to chant Torah and lead the community in prayer and exploring the many facets of their Jewish identity.

In addition to teaching b’nai mitzvah, Cantor Jen partners with Rabbi Roz to create warm and spiritual worship services, teach the 10th Grade Confirmation class, offer various educational opportunities, and provide pastoral care to the congregation. She is grateful to do so with the support of OST’s amazing leadership team and dedicated professional staff. She is especially fortunate to work in partnership with music director Chuck Woodward to craft the music at OST. 

Before arriving at OST, Cantor Jen earned a degree in opera performance from University of Florida. She received certification in Jewish chaplaincy from Miami Jewish Federation’s Refuat HaNefesh chaplaincy training program. In her time at Hebrew Union College, she focused much of her attention on her thesis work, learning the ways in which music can play a role in fostering and strengthening Jewish identity in children. She served West End Temple of Neponsit, NY. She is a songwriter and looks forward to sharing her music with the OST community. In her spare time, Cantor Jen loves to cook and spend time with friends and family.  

Cantor Jen is looking forward to getting to know you, so please come by and visit!