ACC-GTM Convention

//ACC-GTM Convention

June 23-27, 2019

We just returned from the 2018 Dallas Convention and by all reports it was one of the best gatherings of colleagues to date! Planning is already in the works for the 2019 Atlanta “Peach Perfect” Convention. Watch for Registration to open in November and start counting down the days with us!


2018 Scholars in Residence – DALLAS Convention

Jonathan Palant

Dr. Jonathan Palant

Dr. Jonathan Palant is founder and conductor of both Credo, a 130-member community choir, and the Dallas Street Choir, a musical outlet for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. Dr. Palant is also on faculty at the University of Texas in Dallas.

Members of the Dallas Street Choir will be participating in the convention’s Wednesday morning, June 27th, worship service–Shacharit–immediately followed by Palant’s keynote address, “Creating harmony in unusual spaces.” Wednesday afternoon, Palant will present a workshop to convention attendees, “The Non-Negotiables to Creating Harmony in the Musical Mishpacha: It takes more than musical proficiency and informed vocal technique to be a solid conductor-teacher-song leader.” This workshop explores methods for establishing trust and respect, thus creating a safe space for all musicians. “It’s best when singers trust their conductor-teachers, are able to take musical risks, and without exception, respect those with whom they sing,” said Palant.

Dr. Palant is minister of music at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, adult choir director at Temple Shalom Dallas, and is employed by the Dallas Independent School District to mentor middle and high school vocal music teachers. In 2016, Musical America named Palant one of their “Innovators of the Year” for establishing the Dallas Street Choir.

Both Palant’s book, Brothers, Sing On! Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir, and his Brothers, Sing On! Choral Series are published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Dr. Palant holds degrees from Michigan State University, Temple University and the University of Michigan.

Shefa Gold

Rabbi Shefa Gold

Rabbi Shefa Gold is a leader in Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and received her ordination both from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Shefa is the director of C-DEEP, The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Shefa composes and performs spiritual music, has produced ten albums, and her liturgies have been published in several new prayer-books. She teaches workshops and retreats on the theory and art of Chanting, Devotional Healing, Spiritual Community Building, Meditation, and trains Chant Leaders in Kol Zimra, a two year program for rabbis, cantors and lay leaders. She is a resource faculty for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and a fellow for CLAL’s Rabbis without Borders. She was recently named “One of the 33 most Inspiring Rabbis in America,” by the Jewish Forward.

She is the author of Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land, and In the Fever of Love: An Illumination of the Song of Songs published by Ben Yehuda Press, and The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love, published by Jewish Lights.

Shefa will be presenting a keynote address at the ACC-GTM convention, entitled “Becoming Whole, Becoming Healers: Re-wiring the brain through Music and Prayer” and presenting three workshops; Meditation as the Foundation of Prayer, Chant as Spiritual Practice, and Spiritual Leadership from the Inside Out.

Deepen Your Heart in Texas

We all know the old folk ballad about the great Lonestar state. We know that being Jewish Clergy can make you feel like a lonestar at times. Our 2018 Dallas Convention is an opportunity to reflect on how we want to deepen our spiritual practice and grow our communities’ engagement with prayer and meditation. This will be the perfect time to learn valuable practices to bring back to our communities.

  • Join us for programming designed to illustrate the interconnectedness of aspects of our lives as contributors to our well-being.
  • Deepen your understanding of chant as a spiritual practice.
  • Be inspired by diverse panelists sharing their unique insights on their cantorate.
  • Be enriched by exploring ways of creating spaces of trust and creativity for choirs and musicians.
  • Get flexible with yoga techniques helping us cultivate a loving relationship with our bodies.

We can’t wait to spend moments of prayer, study, bonding, and friendship with you.

Cantor David Reinwald and Cantor Juval Porat, Programming Co-Chairs