Student Cantor at Temple Sholom Makes History


Fanwood, NJ – Temple Sholom of Fanwood/Scotch Plains, NJ, announced today the ordination of Cantor Victoria Anne Glikin, who has served as the temple’s student cantor for four years. Cantor Glikin’s is among the first classes of cantors in Jewish history to be ordained, rather than invested, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

The change from investiture to ordination is an important step that pays homage to the role that cantors play in the Reform Jewish community in the United States. The change in terminology is the next stage in the professionalization of the cantor. It reinforces to people in and out of the Jewish community that cantors are full-fledged members of the Jewish clergy alongside rabbis, who have always used the term “ordained.”

 Current curriculum requires students to complete a year of study in Israel, a master’s thesis, and an intensive course of study, which provides cantors with the tools necessary to serve in an extensive role as clergy, educators, pastoral counselors, musical directors and composers of new liturgical music.

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 “I think the fact that cantors are now ordained rather than invested is a testament to the sacred work that cantors do within Reform congregations and to the education that cantors today receive at Hebrew Union College,” said Cantor Glikin.

As Student Cantor at Temple Sholom in Fanwood/Scotch Plains, Glikin has worked closely with the congregation, tutoring b’nai mitzvah students, conducting the choir, leading young-children’s services and infusing all services with her characteristic enthusiasm and musicality, which heightened the religious and community experience for those attending.

 “Getting ordained as a cantor for me is truly a dream come true,” said Glikin. “I emerge now as a newly ordained cantor, with a renewed commitment to Judaism and Jews, as well as reignited passion to make the world a better place.”

"Temple Sholom has been engaged in a sacred partnership with the Hebrew Union College for more than 15 years in working with student cantors. We have been blessed with exceptional students who have gone on to be exceptional cantors, and Vicky is one of the best,” said Rabbi Abraham. “Vicky has spent four years with us and she and her family have become a beloved part of our congregation. She will be greatly missed, but the congregation wishes her well at her new synagogue."

“For the way that Temple Sholom welcomed me and my family with wide open arms, I will always be grateful,” concluded Cantor Glikin.

About Temple Sholom

Founded in 1913, Temple Sholom is a Reform Jewish Congregation led by Rabbi Joel N. Abraham. The Temple and its religious school is home to about 250 families from the greater Scotch Plains-Fanwood area. Currently residing within the Fanwood Presbyterian Church, the Temple has purchased five acres of land in Scotch Plains for its future home. Temple Sholom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. For more information about the Temple or joining the congregation, please call 908-889-4900, e-mail or visit


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