The Info List - Barbara Ostfeld

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Barbara Jean Ostfeld (born 1952)[1] is the first woman to be ordained as a cantor in Reform Judaism.[2] She was ordained in 1975 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.[3] That school later established the Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, New York Prize in her honor.[4] From 1976 through 1988, she served Temple Beth-El of Great Neck as cantor.[3] From 1990 through 2002 she was a cantor at Temple Beth Am of Buffalo, NY.[3] From 1996 to 1998, she chaired the Joint Cantorial Placement Commission of the American Conference of Cantors; she has also served it as a secretary, vice president, Northeast regional representative, and member of its board of directors.[3] In September 2002, she was appointed its placement director.[3] In March 2000, as she marked 25 years of congregational service, she received an honorary doctorate in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.[3] She retired from her position with the American Conference of Cantors in 2012.[5][6]


^ a b "Ostfeld, Barbara Jean", Jewish Virtual Library (accessed May 14, 2015).

^ "Cantors: American Jewish Women", Jewish Women's Archive (accessed May 14, 2015).

^ a b c d e f "Barbara Ostfeld" biography at American Conference of Cantors website, archived by the Wayback Machine on March 16, 2012.

^ https://web.archive.org/web/20111127114908/http://huc.edu/academics/catalog/prize.shtml. Archived from the original on November 27, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

^ Jay Tokasz, "Trailblazing cantor Barbara Ostfeld to be honored: Music tribute to Ostfeld tonight marks historic role in Judaism", The Buffalo News, November 9, 2012.

^ "First Invested Woman Cantor to Retire as Placement Director for Reform Cantorate", American Conference of Cantors website (accessed May 14, 2015).

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