Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute Sings with Joy as Six (6) Cantors Join the School

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JSLI, known for its Rabbinic School, croons about its expanding Cantorial program as six (6) students begin studies in January.

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Rabbi Blane brings his love of music and Conservative Jewish liturgy to fore and began training Cantors in 2016.

Rabbi Steve Blane began Jewish Spiritual Leaders' Institute as a pragmatic response to the Jewish Rabbinate and to date JSLI has ordained 156 Rabbis. Rabbi Blane's background includes being a singer/songwriter and Cantor in several congregations. He brings his love of music and Conservative Jewish liturgy to fore and began training Cantors in 2016.

Sim Shalom has ordained two (2) Cantors and another two (2) are up for ordination in June. With the group of 6 there will be 10 Cantors joining the Rabbinic alumni in the next few years. The Cantorial program follows a structured curriculum over the course of two years and students learn Shabbat, High Holiday, weekday and Festival Nusach.

Rabbi Blane studied privately with a well-known Cantor and then led several Conservative congregations as Cantor and ultimately as a spiritual leader. He continues to pursue his love of music as a singer/songwriter in the Americana genre.

Learn more about JSLI AND SIM SHALOM:

Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue which is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. Created in 2009 by Rabbi Steven Blane on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Sim Shalom offers a means of connecting the unconnected. Rabbi Blane leads accessible and short Shabbat services every Friday night using a virtual interface and additionally Sim Shalom provides online education programs, Jazz concerts, conversion and life-cycle ceremonies along with weeknight services at 7:00PM EST led by Rabbis and students of this online community.

Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Jewish Spiritual Leader's Institute,, the online professional rabbinical program and the Union of Jewish Universalist Communities,

Sim Shalom, a non profit 501 © (3) tax-exempt organization, nurtures a Jewish connection through its mission of innovative services, creative education and dynamic outreach to the global community. For more information visit or call 201-338-0165.

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