Ellen combines it all – spirituality, creativity, collaboration, storytelling, learning, professionalism, and meticulous preparation – like nobody else I know. I literally can’t wait to grab any opportunity to partner with her, whether it’s in teaching a class, leading a service, or just studying in a workshop she is leading – because with Ellen, you know that unanticipated magic is always just moments away.
Ellen not only brings incredible teaching on any liturgical or spiritual subject - particularly kabbalah, prayer, innovative worship, and music - but works in advance with choirs, leads Torah study, can do afternoon or evening programs, and most importantly builds relationships with and between all parts of your community.
I cross the Atlantic to have the chance to learn from Cantor Ellen Dreskin: My experience of her as a teacher and workshop leader has taught me time and again that I'll always come away with new learning, both practical and spiritual. Whether I am a participant in Ellen's classes or co-teaching with her, I am guaranteed to be in the presence of a passionate, organised, creative teacher who has taken the time to think through what her group needs, no matter their size or base of knowledge, and she will have found an innovative, fun way to impart her wisdom. Learning from Cantor Ellen Dreskin is not to be missed!
As a prayer leader, Ellen has a remarkable gift in her teachings and in her music of helping those who pray with her to open up to wonder, to delight, and to the deeply holy. It is always a privilege to pray and learn with her!
Ellen Dreskin is an unusually gifted spiritual presence. She has studied extensively and thought deeply about Jewish prayer and practice, the power of ritual, the use of music, and the place of spirituality in our lives. Even while she continues to learn and experiment, her knowledge, creativity, understanding, and artistry are so extensive that she repeatedly evokes “A-ha!” moments of spiritual insight and clarity that positively alter the way her fellow students and seekers look at the everyday experiences of their lives. As a Scholar, Artist, or Spiritual Guide-in-Residence, she is transformative.
Cantor Dreskin brought to us spiritual insights, great wisdom, and soulful prayer. Cantor Dreskin also guided me and the other shlichei tzibur in our own preparations for prayer, so that we could create a more meaningful experience for our congregants. Her lessons guide our preparation every week!