Sunday, September 15 at 10:00am

“Teflon and Velcro”

Cantor Barbara Ostfeld is our guest preacher

Barbara is the first female cantor in the history of Judaism. Her story is, uh, a big deal. She is a pioneer, a heroine, a glass-ceiling breaker. She served Jewish congregations, then became the director of placement for all Reform cantors. She is, to some, a goddess. To me (John Gibbons), she was my lab partner in freshman biology at York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. We messed with fruit flies and dissected earthworms and frogs. She remembers some other things, some of which she divulges in a new memoir, Catbird, A Memoir by Barbi Prim (we’ll have copies for sale). Barbara lives in Buffalo, NY with her family. As for her sermon with us, Barbara says, “Slippery lessons and sticky lessons as the High Holidays approach. The things one Jew has learned about repentance.”