It is not uncommon for a synagogue to honor a cantor who leaves the congregation. Torahs and plaques adorn the halls of temples around the world paying homage to the influential people who have served them.
To those who love it, Hava Nashira is less a Jewish summer music workshop and more a calling. Even the name — translated as “come let us sing” — beckons. Started in 1992 by Debbie Friedman and Cantor Jeff Klepper, the sessions originally intended to train camp song leaders have gone on to have a global impact on Jewish music and synagogue life.