Alumni & Career Placement:
Become a Cantor

Stephen Abramowitz, MJEd’08, Can’08
Cantor
Temple Ner Tamid
Peabody, MA

Elise Barber, MAJS’11, Can’11
Cantor
Temple Beth El
Springfield, MA

Aliza Berger, Rab’17, Can ’17
Rav-Hazzan
Temple Emanuel
Newton, MA

Sarah Bolts, MAJS’16, Can’16
Cantor-Educator
Beth Sholom B’nai Israel
Manchester, CT

Vera Broekhuysen, MJEd’16, Can’16
Spiritual Leader
Temple Emanu-El
Haverhill, MA

Sharon Citrin Goldstein, Cert’05, MJEd’09, Can’09
Cantor
Beth El Synagogue
Woodbury, CT

Hinda Eisen Labovitz, MAJS’14, Can’14
Cantor
Ohr Kodesh Congregation
Chevy Chase, MD

Idan Irelander, MJEd’09, Can’09
Cantor
Temple Emanuel
Andover, MA

Marcie Jonas, Can’10
Cantor
Mishkan Tefila
Brookline, MA

Adjunct Instructor
Hebrew College
Newton Centre, MA

Katharine Judd, MJEd’15, Can’15
Spiritual Leader
Shir Heharim/Brattleboro Area Jewish Community
Brattleboro, VT

Rebecca Wexler Khitrik, MAJS’14, Can’14
Assistant Cantor and Choir Director
Temple Sinai
Sharon, MA

Audrey Klein, MJEd’17, Can ‘17
Congregational Engagement Director
Temple Emanu-El
North York, ON

Richard Lawrence, MJEd’14, Can’14
Cantor
Temple Emanu El
Orange Village, OH

Kevin Margolius, MAJS’12, Can’13
Cantor
Touro Synagogue
New Orleans, LA

Michael McCloskey, MJEd’07, Can’07
Cantor
Temple Emeth
Chestnut Hill, MA

Lisa Kipen-Hershenson, MAJS’92, Can’14
Founder and Director
Shirat Halev/Song of the Heart Bedside Singers
Boston, MA

*Partial list

Julie Newman, MJEd’17, Can’17
Cantor and President
Tiferet — A Jewish Spirituality Project
Pittsburgh, PA

Shana Onigman, MJEd’07, Can’07
Cantor
Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael
Morristown, N.J.

Jeri Nagler Robins, MJEd’13, Can’13
Cantor
Beth El Temple Center
Belmont, MA

Henry Shapiro, MJEd’12, Can’12
Kol-Bo
Parkway Jewish Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Melissa Puius, MJEd’13, Can’13
Leader, Simhat Shabbat
Temple Israel Center, White Plains, NY

Teacher
Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains, NY

Curriculum Writer
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El, Scarsdale, NY

Wendy Siegel, MJEd’11, Can’13
Spiritual Leader and Cantor
Temple Emanuel
Marlborough, MA

Linda Sue Sohn, Cert’06, MJEd’11, Can’11
B’nei Mitzvah Tutor
Temple Aliyah
Needham, MA

Nancy Sargon-Zarsky, MAJS’08, Can’08
Chaplain
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

B’nei Mitzvah Tutor
Temple Beth Elohim
Wellesley, MA

Kimberley Singer, MJEd’09, Can’09
Spiritual Leader and Religious School Director
Temple Shir Shalom
Oviedo, FL

Sarra Spierer, MJEd’07, Can’07
Cantor and Pastoral Associate
Congregation Beth Elohim
Acton, MA

Beth Strassler, MAJS’16, Can’17
Cantor–Spiritual Leader
Congregation Etz Chaim
Biddeford, ME

Lynn Torgove, MAJS’11, Can’12
Head of Vocal Arts and Adjunct Professor of Music
Hebrew College
Newton Centre, MA

Cantor
Temple Emanu-el
Marblehead, MA

Risa Wallach, MJEd’14, Can’15
Hazzan
Congregation B’nai Shalom
Walnut Creek, CA

A Foundation For Success

Graduates of the cantorial program are ideally positioned for success in spiritual leadership. Our alumni are highly sought after by congregations of all denominations, and serve as cantors, educators, music directors, hospital chaplains, organizational innovators, and as the main spiritual leaders in affiliated and independent congregations and institutions across the country.

Placement Support

At Hebrew College, you are not alone in your job search. Our deans work with students and graduates to help them prepare for and find the cantorial positions that are right for them.

Individualized Placement Support

Our deans will provide you with highly individualized support during your job search to enable you to find the right opportunity.

Job-Search Skills

Our staff, along with other professionals with whom we work, help with drafting resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews and negotiating contracts.

Alumni Resources

We continue to provide these job-placement resources to alumni of the cantorial school.

Alumni Placements

Students who become ordained through the School of Jewish Music are eligible for membership in both the Cantors Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors. These memberships in the largest professional cantorial associations give graduates access to the leading cantorial placement services. All of our graduates have found meaningful employment in full-time and part-time positions in pluralistic and affiliated communities.

Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Can`16, Spiritual Leader of Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill, MA prepares for High Holidays accompanied by her son.

Alumni who are making an impact in their communities*

Meet Our Alumni

Hinda Tzvia Eisen Labovitz '14

Cantor/Educator, Ohr Kodesh Congregation
Chevy Chase, MD

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Richard Lawrence '14

Cantor, Temple Emanu El
Orange Village, Ohio

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Application Deadlines

  • Cantorial Ordination for Spiritual and Educational Leadership (COSEL) : January 15
  • Jewish Music Certificate Application: May 15 for fall semester; November 15 for spring semester.

Contact Info

Marcia Spellman
Administrator
617-559-8643
sjm@hebrewcollege.edu