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Not long after Jewish communities marked the 50th anniversary of the first female rabbi in the United States, Temple Emanuel in Andover welcomed Rachel Reef-Simpson, their first female cantor.

Similar to a rabbi, cantors in Reform Judaism are ordained and act as co-clergy with rabbis, in addition to singing and performing a number of task, said Reef-Simpson.

“They basically do everything a rabbi does and with a specialty in music,” said Ellen Dreskin, a mentor of Reef-Simpson’s, who used to train cantors.

“I believe people can connect through music and their spirituality through music in a much broader sense. I think people can connect to one another, to each other by joining together in song, and I think that music is a universal language,” Reef-Simpson said. “It speaks to people of different belief systems, to people of different denominations.”

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