With our 2021 Ordination-Graduation ceremony approaching, we are highlighting members of the graduating class. Click here to see all of the posts in this series.
Today we’re talking with Rabbinic Ordinee and Graduate (and AJRCA faculty member) Cantor Sam Radwine.
1) With the ceremony approaching, what emotions are you feeling?
My emotions approaching the ordination is mixed. Though I’m overall extremely excited to mark my entry into the rabbinate, I am disappointed that I will not be able to celebrate with family, friends, and my AJRCA community in person. As a member of the Cantorial School faculty for many years, I’ve watched as others “walked down the aisle,” with tears of emotion. Yet, there are still emotions of joy that I anticipate.
2) What is one learning from your Academy experience that you will take with you after graduation?
The greatest learning that I gained from my time studying at AJRCA was that my time there was simply a portal. The vastness of traditional Jewish knowledge and wisdom was only revealed to me during my studies. The small portion that we encountered is now waiting for us to continue our journey of Jewish learning and growth; at the same time, leading others down that path.
3) Is there anything you learned at AJRCA that truly surprised you?
Having served as a synagogue Cantor for 40 years, I entered the AJRCA, believing that I was simply getting the credentials for what I already knew how to do. Wrong! In many ways, I’m now back at the starting gate—with less time to the finish line.
4) If you could go back in time and tell your pre-AJRCA self one thing, what would that be?
I wish I’d known of all the gifts of both knowledge and spirit that were bestowed upon me by faculty, administrators, and my fellow students. I would have done this long ago.
Congratulations Cantor Radwine!