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Local Address: Pikesville, Maryland, United States
Beth El Congregation
8101 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
United States

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    Cal State University
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Clergy Profiles | Beth El Congregation, 2 July 2014 [cached]
Rabbi Faith Cantor
Rabbi Faith Cantor Rabbi Faith Cantor is a graduate of Cal State University in Northridge where she majored in history. Rabbi Cantor completed her Junior year of college in Israel at the Jerusalem Hebrew University. She completed her studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York. After ordination as a Rabbi she became the Director of Judaic studies for Solomon Schecter in Suffolk County, New York. Thereafter, she accepted the position of Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Charlotte, North Carolina.
RABBI FAITH ..., 21 April 2011 [cached]
Rabbi Cantor received her Rabbinic ordination and a Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in May, 2004. Rabbi Cantor worked as the Rabbi-in-Residence for Jewish Studies for the Solomon Schechter Day School in Commack, NY and as Associate Rabbi for the Dix Hills Jewish Center in Dix Hills, New York. Rabbi Cantor also has several years of experience as the Director of Education for
. Rabbi Cantor and her husband, David have a son, Amidan and a daughter, Devorah.
Mecklenburg Ministries - Board of Directors, 8 Dec 2010 [cached]
Rabbi Faith Cantor Rabbi Faith Cantor Temple Israel
Welcome to Beth El Congregation of Baltimore, 3 Oct 2010 [cached]
Rabbi Faith Cantor Rabbi-Educator Faith Cantor
Rabbi Faith Cantor joins Beth El as the Rabbi-Educator.
Rabbi Cantor completed her Junior year of college in Jerusalem at Hebrew University and continued her studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Previously she was an Associate Rabbi in Charlotte, North Carolina at Temple Israel. Prior to that, she was Director of Judaic studies for Solomon Schecter in Suffolk County, New York. Rabbi Cantor has had experience in everything from traditional rabbinic jobs to helping people cope, working in youth departments, and adult education.
"Many of our rituals have pagan ..., 28 Oct 2011 [cached]
"Many of our rituals have pagan roots, including Sukkot," says Rabbi Faith Cantor, the rabbi/educator at Pikesville's Beth El Congregation, noting that the ritual of shaking the lulav itself has pagan roots. "That's not something that cancels out Halloween. [Claiming a holiday] is exactly what the rabbis did [with Sukkot]."
In fact, Rabbi Cantor even recalled sukkah-hopping once on a kibbutz in Israel and collecting candy in much the same way that trick-or-treaters do.
Rabbi Cantor, who teaches seventh-grade students at Beth El's religious school, also has spooky plans for the end of the month.
"We are going to be at the Beth El cemetery burying ritual objects and books that can no longer be used," she says, noting that she intends to share Jewish stories of ghosts and witches during the activity. "I'm going to capitalize on the fact that I know my students are excited about Halloween [by teaching] them about what Jewish tradition has to say about what's already on their minds."
She says she will tell the story of King Saul visiting the Witch of Endor in the Tanach, as well as talmudic tales of ghosts and the story of Golem, a character from Jewish folklore created entirely from inanimate matter who came to save the Jews of Prague from anti-Semitic attacks and pogroms.
Capitalizing on the spirit of the season, however, doesn't mean an open embrace of Halloween at the synagogue, as Rabbi Cantor makes clear. "I wouldn't host a synagogue Halloween party," she says.
Rabbi Cantor says she allows her own children to trick-or-treat as long as they don't dress in "violent or gross" costumes and greet neighbors with "Happy Halloween" instead of "Trick or Treat."
"I think it's a very personal decision," she says. "I think Halloween really has become an American custom, and if you feel comfortable participating, do that to whatever extent you feel comfortable."
Even if that means not sending your own child-ren out trick-or-treating, it might mean setting out candy for other families who do celebrate Halloween. "Enable somebody else's joy," Rabbi Cantor says.
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