On Faith

Kehillah Synagogue adds Friday night cantor

July 16, 2013 

Cantor Jacqueline Marx will join Rabbi Jen Feldman in leading Friday night services at Kehillah Synagogue, adding her guitar to familiar melodies and introducing new ones as well.

COURTESY OF JACQUELINE MARX

Kehillah Synagogue has announced addition of cantor Jacqueline Marx to Friday night services.

Cantor Marx recently relocated to Chapel Hill from Edison, N.J, where she was the cantor at Temple Emanu-E. She will join Rabbi Jen Feldman in leading Friday night services, adding her guitar to lots of familiar melodies and introducing some new ones as well.

Kehillah Synagogue’s Friday night service is an upbeat mix of Hebrew singing, English readings and thoughtful discussion, starting at 7 p.m. and lasting about an hour. Prayer books are designed to reach a wide audience. They are fully transliterated and translated and offer alternate readings so everyone can join in. An Oneg dessert follows services.

Marx has visited the Durham/Chapel Hill area a number of times and likes the area. In 1997, she was invested as Cantor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in New York, where she presented a thesis and recital on Shirei ha-Ma’alot (Songs of Ascent): Psalms 120-134 and earned a Master of Sacred Music as a Jewish Foundation for Education of Women grantee. She has appeared in concert with Doug Cotier, Rabbi Joe Black, Julie Silver, Beth Schafer and Cantor Lisa Levine.

Marx was featured in the East and West Coast premieres of Echad! an evening service set to music by Cantor Stephen Richards. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed in several synagogues and at HUCJIR’s graduation, Investiture and Ordination ceremonies at temple Emanu El of New York City.

Kehillah Synagogue is an inclusive and engaged Jewish community that seeks to deepen Jewish involvement through celebration, worship, education, social action and values. It is located at 1200 Mason Farm Road.

Vacation bible school

Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School will be held at Merritt’s Chapel United Methodist Church July 22-26 from 6:20 to 8:45 p.m. with commencement on July 27.

Dinner will be served in the King’s Kitchen from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. each night.

Children in the community are invited to participate in Epic Bible Adventures, Chadder’s Royal Theater and Missions, Imagination Station, and Tournament Games.

The church is located at 1090 Farrington Point Road.

Pre-registration is required by contacting Sheila at 919-933-4333. For more information and directions, visit www.merrittschapel.org.

Christian spirituality

Friends of Christ School for Christian Spirituality is now enrolling for its second year of classes, beginning the week of Sept. 9 and continuing for eight weeks.

“The Spiritual Journey as Transformation,” will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, 304 E. Franklin St., and from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St. (off Fordham Boulevard).

The Rev. David Frazelle, associate pastor of Chapel of the Cross, will co-lead the Tuesday evening class, and Dr. Heather Ferguson, associate for Christian Education at University Presbyterian Church, will co-lead the Wednesday morning class with Laura Dunham.

An orientation session for prospective participants will be held at Amity United Methodist, Estes at MLK Blvd., on from 10-11 a.m. Sept. 7.

Register on the website, friendsofChristschool.com. The cost is $25, including books and materials.

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