Dear Ms. Marks and Rabbi Feldman,
I write to thank you for the most generous reward I received from Women of Reform Judaism after being named The Student who Showed the Greatest Progress during this past academic year in HUC-JIR's Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. I am humbled and honored to have been considered and chosen as the recipient of this award after completing my second year in the program.
Returning to New York after my fist year in Jerusalem was quite an adjustment, and I owe a debt of gratitude to WRJ for acknowledging my hard work. Included in that debt are my husband and our 9-year-old daughter without whose support I wouldn't have been able to accomplish all I did this past year.
I will treasure this recognition always as a motivator to continue striving to achieve my goal of one day serving as a full-time pulpit cantor for a congregation. I feel incredibly blessed to have already learned so much and come so far in my growth and development, vocally, academically, and personally. I look forward to continuing my studies over the next three years, my heart filled with gratitude for yoru most generous award.
Many thanks again!