Cantor Shira in the Pulpit!

The Fountains is pleased to welcome Cantor Shira Batalion to deliver the message “Growing Into the Image of God” at both services on Sunday, April 15th.

Currently serving as the Rabbi/Cantor of Fountain Hills’ Congregation Beth Hagivot, Cantor Shira also serves as the music specialist at Pardes Jewish Day School. Cantor Shira was invested as a cantor through the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2005 and serves as community clergy providing weddings, baby namings and other life cycle events to the non-affiliated Jewish community in the greater Phoenix area and around the country.

Pastor David was honored to speak at Shabbat services at Beth Hagivot in March and is excited to have this opportunity to “exchange pulpits” with Cantor Shira.

Before moving to Arizona, Cantor Shira served as the Spiritual Leader (Kol Bo) of Temple B’nai Abraham in Bordentown, NJ, and as the Education Director for Congregation Bet Haverim, in Atlanta, GA.  She recently joined the Board of Directors of the Jewish Multiracial Network, an organization that advances Jewish diversity through empowerment and community
building with Jews of Color and multiracial Jewish families. Cantor Batalion has essays published in Torah Aura’s book,  ”God: Jewish Choices for Struggling with the Ultimate,” and collaborated with author
Debra Jill Mazer as a content editor to publish the  ”Open-Eyed Heart-Wide Haggadah.”  She is currently pursuing a degree in Holistic Health.

WATCH HERE FOR THE FOUNTAINS UMC RESPONSE TO COVID-19Information changes frequently, so be sure to check back often

The Fountains UMC is creating a plan for its response to COVID-19, with the goal of maintaining social distance to keep everyone safe. Sharing information and maintaining contact with members and the community is critical, and to that end we have several actions in process. Watch here for updates, and come back often to check on new information!

  • All in-person meetings and group gatherings on campus are supended through the end of April.
  • The Fountains UMC Office will be open by appointment only until further notice.
  • Sunday morning Celebrations are Live-Streamed at 9:30am only, no face-to-face gatherings.
  • Meals at JUSTA and Halle Centers are suspended until further notice.
  • April 24-26 Mingus Mountain All Church Camp is cancelled
Sunday Morning Celebrations

Sunday morning Celebrations will be held at 9:30 online only, via Livestream, You Tube and Facebook. Follow one of these links to tune in on Sunday mornings: