Leyning and Chanting Haftorah

Leyning Questions

  1. How can I sign up to leyn (read an aliyah or part of an aliyah from the Torah)?
    Contact Neshama Marcus (shamrela30@hotmail.com) by email or phone.
  2. How often may I leyn?
    As often as you like!  We will work with you to arrange an aliyah or part of an aliyah that is a comfortable length for you.
  3. How can I learn to leyn?
                    Our Minyan leyners have used a number of excellent resources while preparing to leyn or chant haftorah.
On-line leyning lessons are available from ORT at their web site. This site has a page with the ta-ah-mim (notes) or trop (notes) and how to chant them.  The singing/trop is Ashkenazi in style.  However, the Hebrew words are read in a Sephardic (Israeli) accent as is used in many synagogues in the Western World.
Temple Bethel of Sudbury Massachusetts has the trop organized into 12 groups of lessons as taught by Cantor Lorel Zar-Kessler.

Some members find the Kol Kore - Bar Mitzvah Tutor CD to be helpful.  Choose the standard version which is intended for self-study use when learning the Askenazi, Yerusalmi and Morrocan trop. The program includes full recordings of all five chumashim and haftarot by experienced Torah readers.

There are two exceptionally good CDs and study guides: The Art of Cantillation, by Cantors Marshall Portnoy and Josee Wolff, and published by URJ (UAHC) Press.  They are available in bookstors and on-line.  They are usefull for leyning and chanting of haftorah on Shabbatot, holidays and festivals.  Volume 1 is A Step-by-Step Guide to Chanting Torah and Volume 2 is A Step-by-Step Guide to Chanting Haftorah and M'gillot.
The Minyan also has a set of tapes for learning to leyn which may be signed out upon request to Joe Rosenstein (joer@dimacs.rutgers.edu).