(This retreat is open to ALL cantors and cantorial students, regardless of affiliation;
the concert Sunday, August 20 is open to the public)


Click here for the 2017 Retreat Registration Packet

The New Jersey and Delaware Valley Regions of the Cantors Assembly are pleased to invite you to our 2017 annual summer retreat, which will take place this year “down the Shore” in Toms River, New Jersey. This will be a wonderful opportunity for camaraderie, fun and singing in a concert as well as learning from an esteemed colleague. Cantors Assembly membership is not a requirement to participate. The event will take place on Sunday, August 20 and Monday, August 21 at Congregation B’nai Israel in Toms River, the shul of our colleagues, Hazzan Steven Walvick (incumbent) and Hazzan Daniel Green (emeritus). You may visit the website of Congregation B’nai Israel at

On Sunday evening colleagues will perform as an ensemble in a major concert called More Jewish Joy On A Summer Evening. Hazzanim Sheldon Levin and David Tilman will conduct, and we will be accompanied by pianist Dave Schlossberg. The audience will be members of our host congregation along with other residents of the local and nearby Jewish communities.

On Monday morning Rabbi Deborah Miller will offer a practicum entitled  Chaplaincy: Meeting People Where They Are With Music. Rabbi Miller was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2011 and became a board-certified chaplain with the National Association of Jewish Chaplains in 2014. She has worked  in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, home hospice, and community organizations serving adults with developmental disabilities. Her most recent project is developing, an online community and showcase for art inspired by Jewish texts and traditions from around the world. Originally from Toronto, Rabbi Miller now lives in Toms River with her husband, Hazzan Steven Walvick and their 4-year-old daughter. 

Also on Monday morning, two national officers of the Cantors Assembly will be with us to share topics of current relevance to all hazzanim: Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, our newly-installed President; and Hazzan Stephen J. Stein, Executive Vice President. There will be ample time for questions and comments.

Registration for our retreat will be $90 per person and will include Sunday dinner, Monday breakfast and Monday lunch.

Luxurious accommodations have been arranged to spend Sunday night at the award-winning 4½-star Clarion Hotel in Toms River, whose friendly general manager is past president of the congregation. Hotel cost for our attendees will be $99 plus 12% tax per room—a high-season favor to us in this resort town.

Those who cannot stay overnight may register for Sunday only (incl. dinner) at $50 per person or Monday only (incl. breakfast and lunch) at $50 per person.

New Jersey  and Delaware Valley Regions

2017 SUMMER RETREAT     AUGUST 20-21, 2017
Congregation B’nai Israel     1488 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, NJ     732-349-1244

  Sunday, August 20, 2017

1:00 PM       Check into Clarion Hotel and unpack, then drive to Congregation B'nai Israel  (5 miles/12 minutes).
Driving directions between both locations to be provided.

2:00              Welcome and snacks 

2:30              Rehearsal for evening concert.  Bring all concert music (to be announced) in black loose leaf ring binder.

5:00              Dinner    Dairy / Pareve / Vegetarian

6:00              Dress for concert  (Secure dressing rooms provided at B’nai Israel)

7:00              Concert: More Jewish Joy On A Summer Evening

9:00              Refreshments and social hour for hazzanim and audience

9:45              Drive from Congregation B’nai Israel to Clarion Hotel.

10:00            After-concert social hour in designated reserved room at hotel

Monday, August 21, 2017

7:30  AM      Drive from Clarion Hotel to Congregation B’nai Israel.

8:00              Shacharit service together with daily minyan “regulars”

9:00              Breakfast     Dairy / Pareve / Vegetarian

9:45              Messages from national officers of the Cantors Assembly Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro and Hazzan Stephen J. Stein

10:30           Practicum by Rabbi Deborah Miller:  Chaplaincy: Meeting People Where They Are With Music

11:30              Lunch       Dairy / Pareve / Vegetarian

12:15 PM       Drive from Congregation B'nai Israel to Clarion Hotel.  Check out from hotel not later than 1:00 PM.

1:00              Enjoy the afternoon "down the Shore" on your own before heading home.