In November 2014 the first Ba’al Koreh training of the Levisson Institute started, existing of four modules: Torah, Haftarah, High Holidays and Megillat Esther. One can take part in one or more modules and the training is meant both for those who want to learn it from the start as those who want to learn it better.
In all Dutch Progressive Jewish congregations there is a need for people who can chant Torah. Fifteen persons from the whole country took part in this first module. Teacher was Channa van Unen-Meyer.
The course existed of 10 lessons, on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, in November and December 2014, in Amsterdam.
The trope they learned is the trope in the Sidur of the Dutch Union for Progressive Judaism, on page 710-713. The students were also explained how to learn the parasha with a Tikun and how to handle the Torah scroll as a ba’al koreh. All participants bought a Tikun through a bookstore in Antwerp.
Afterwards some of the students have chanted parts of the Torah service in their own synagogue.
The next module, probably in the Spring of 2015, will be Haftarah. Just as with the Torah the trope in our Dutch Progressive Sidur will be taught.
Channa van Unen during the lessons on Torah chanting.