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Virtual Small Group
Mondays at 10:00 am
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Meeting ID: 984 2966 1852
Led by Marty Steinhouse and sponsored by HBTogether, our small group initiative, connects members for intimate gatherings, conversations, learning, support and fun.
Each week we have a guest appearance to inspire us, inform and stimulate us, this week’s guest is Barbara Ostfeld. Barbara didn’t become obsessed with singing until she was two. Though she
didn’t learn to ride a bike until she was twelve and never did learn to climb to the top of the rope in gym, at seventeen she innocently cracked through a stained glass ceiling and was admitted to Hebrew Union College’s School of Sacred Music. At age twenty-two, she became the first woman ordained as a cantor in 3,000 years of Jewish history, but foolishly turned down an invitation to
appear on What’s My Line? Nevertheless, she persisted, serving for more than twenty-seven years as cantor of congregations in Clifton, New Jersey, and in Great Neck, Rochester, and Buffalo, New York, and then for ten years as the placement director of the American Conference of Cantors.
Barbara lives in Buffalo, New York, with her husband and an assortment of mildew-spotted African violets. She would own at least one cat if she didn’t care about her husband. Her essays have appeared in Lilith Magazine, New Jewish Feminism, and elsewhere. Her website is Catbirdbook.com. She is also an accomplished author and will also discuss her latest book.