Religion, Spiritual Development

American Conference of Cantors Inc

  • Schaumburg, IL
  • www.accantors.org

Mission Statement

The American Conference of Cantors supports its members in their sacred calling as emissaries for Judaism and for Jewish music. ACC leadership draw upon the energies and aspirations of its individual members, while responding to the expressed needs of the larger membership and the Reform Movement. The Conference inspires its members to embrace a shared dynamic vision of the cantorate. This vision is realized through the programs and initiatives that will ensure a strong and successful organization. Each such effort is conceived according to carefully determined goals and criteria. Through our members we provide our commmunitites with a compelling experience of text, music, learning, relationship to one another and connectedness to God. We establish our organization as a self-assured and securely funded entity, acting in full partnership with other representational bodies of the Reform Movement and worldwide Jewry.

Main Programs

  1. Operations
  2. Annual Professional Development Convention
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The ACC is an international organization for ordained and certified cantors.

ruling year

1971

Board Chair/Board President since 2013

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Cantor Mark Golman

Executive Diretor since 2007

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Rachel Roth

Keywords

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Jewish, music, cantors, education, synagogue

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Also Known As

ACC

EIN

13-2666627

Physical Address

1375 Remington Road Suite M

Schaumburg, IL 60173

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Jewish (X30)

Professional Societies, Associations (X03)

Music (A68)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The ACC provides needed services to our members and the congregations for which they work by holding annual professional development conferences, providing placement and contract support, retirement plans and insurance. We have expanded our reach by inviting graduates of certain seminaries to test into membership to be a part of the ACC. The ACC recently acquired ownership of Transcontinental Music Publications (TMP) from its sister organization, the Union for Reform Judaism. Transcontinental Music is the oldest and largest publisher of Jewish music in the world. It is the premier publishing house for Jewish choral music and songbooks.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Operations

Continuing Education: The ACC provides professional development and educational resources through regional meetings, seminars and national conventions.

Cantorial Advocacy: We provide support around an unprecedent array of workplace challenges associated with the transformation of the worship environment and the comprehensive demands of congregational life

Representation: Our organization represents and advocates for the Cantorate and our mission throughout an intricate matrix of relationships in the Reform movement and the greater Jewish community

Pension and Insurance: The ACC provides and manages a retirement and life insurance plan for members of the ACC

Certification: With Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Relgion the ACC manages the educational and business aspects of the Certification process which enables non-graduates to become invested cantors. As of 10/08/06, we have 12 students in the program.

Placement: The ACC administers and supports the placement process for cantors seeking employment. We have between 25-60 cantors in placement at a time.

Category

Judaism

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$750,000.00

Program 2

Annual Professional Development Convention

Here is an example of the programming for an annual convention: praying in the congregation of cantors at t’filah, to learning with high level scholars, and to getting a supercharge of inspiration for the coming program year. I’m guessing that it is the same for many of you – and I promise you that this year’s convention in Florida will deliver all of that and more.

The program for Florida is exciting. We have some great headliners with Rabbis Aaron Panken, Peter Rubinstein, Steve Fox, and Richie Address. We will celebrate the fantastic achievement that is Shirei Mishkan HaNefesh with performances of many of the brand new pieces commissioned by the ACC and dialog with the composers. We have a schedule of workshops that is truly excellent – making it hard to choose between fabulous learning opportunities. And then, of course, there is the dance party…

This year, as program chair, I am working on a new initiative, and I need you to help me succeed. The programming at convention has always been of the highest quality, but it has also been generally self-contained. This year, I want to encourage all of our participants to start their convention experience long before they get to the hotel in Ft Lauderdale –and here are three ways we are going to do it.

First: for each of the 16 (or so) workshops planned I have asked the presenters to submit articles or exercises that will allow us to come in prepared. All of the workshop descriptions and preparatory materials will be posted to the convention website ready for your perusal. I ask you to please dedicate some time to making your choices and taking this preparation seriously. Our learning will benefit immeasurably from this new process and it depends on each of us taking personal responsibility. I know that this is new –and I hope that you will share with me how it affects your experience of convention.

Second: on Monday morning of convention, we will have a unique panel of leaders representing the breadth of our movement. Rabbi Aaron Panken (HUC), Rabbi Esther Lederman (URJ), Rabbi Steve Fox (CCAR), Cantor Mark Goldman (ACC) and Rabbi Peter Rubinstein will offer their thoughts on the future of Reform Judaism, our congregations, and our organizations. For this panel, we will be soliciting questions from you, our membership, whether or not you are attending convention. You will receive an email in the coming month or so asking for your questions in a variety of subjects. Please take some time to respond! We want to make sure that this panel responds to the essential questions that are of mutual concern and curiosity to the membership of the ACC.

Finally: Wednesday of convention is largely dedicated to our new machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh. While we know that not all of our members’ congregations are making the move this year, we do know that all of us have work to do in keeping our High Holy Day services meaningful.

Category

Judaism

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$200,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    ACC is a clergy organization created and maintained to support the needs of fully ordained and certified cantors and the staffing needs of Reform congregations. We serve as a central resource to help make our members cherished clergy partners and ambassadors for all who want to discover and share in the emotions of our spiritual tradition. We also provide resources to Reform congregations by access to ordained (credentialed) professionals with the leadership and musical abilities to help congregants experience the uplifting music, meditation, teaching and acts of loving kindness that build dynamic and caring communities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The ACC engages our members to be active participants in the Jewish Community and in the ACC. Through numerous committees and task forces, ACC members touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals in the Jewish Community.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    With over 500 members, the ACC serves over 300 congregations in North America. As new cantors join the ACC, our reach continues to expand.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    There is no quantitative way to measure the ACC's success, only qualitative. Our members touch the lives of their congregants and the community through their music, their pastoral interactions, as teachers, and as individuals.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The ACC is going through a strategic planning process and we are in the midst of recreating our brand and identity.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The ACC is an international organization for ordained and certified cantors.

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AMERICAN CONFERENCE OF CANTORS INC
Fiscal year: Aug 01-Jul 31

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Operations

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American Conference of Cantors Inc

Leadership

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Board Chair/Board President

Cantor Mark Golman

Executive Diretor

Rachel Roth

BIO

Descendant of generations of Cantors, Mark Goldman is a native of London, England. He pursued Cantorial studies as well as a B.A. (Honors) degree in Judaic Studies at the London School of Jewish Studies. He is the youngest ever recipient of certification by the Chief Rabbi of The United Kingdom.
In a desire to further his professional goals, Cantor Goldman accepted a call to Temple Beth El in Rochester, N.Y. where he was able to pursue a rigorous performance schedule in addition to his Cantorial responsibilities. While in Rochester, Mark attended the internationally acclaimed Eastman School of Music where he earned a Masters degree in Music, in Performance and Literature.
Cantor Goldman has served Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El, a 900-family South Florida congregation, since 1995. He has performed in concerts in the United States, England and Israel as well as being a featured artist at numerous regional and national Biennials.
Cantor Goldman has served as the ACC representative to the URJ's Southeast region since 2001. He established F.O.C.A.S. (Florida Association of Cantors & Soloists) in 2002. He has served as a member of the ACC's Placement Advisory Group since 2005, and launched the ACC's Hadracha-Mentorship program in 2006.
Cantor Goldman has been a member of the Executive Board since 2006 and a vice president of the Conference overseeing, Placement, Conventions, and Continuing Professional Education for the period 2007-10. Mark is looking forward to his continuing involvement and dedication to the ACC in his new portfolio, VP of Internal Policy & Administration.
He and his partner, Aaron Taber, enjoy travel, the arts, reality TV, and spending time with friends and family.

STATEMENT FROM THE Board Chair/Board President

"Members of the ACC have special expertise in the music of the Jewish people and serve synagogues and communities in pastoral, worship, programming, and educational roles. The ACC sponsors an annual convention and publishes Koleinu, a regular newsletter. It also offers placement services to its members and URJ congregations through the Joint Cantorial Placement Commission. The American Conference of Cantors is an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mark Goldman

Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El

Term: July 2013 - July 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
All of our members are Jewish clergy.