Alumni & Career Placement:
Become a Cantor

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.

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The Hebrew College Innovation Lab is a new incubator for Hebrew College graduate students (rabbinic, cantorial and education) and recent Hebrew College alumni/ae in the Boston area to design and implement creative educational, spiritual, social justice and interfaith projects in the Greater Boston Jewish community. Participants receive grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to run – or supplement the running – of a project that they conceptualize and design.

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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.

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

Aliza Berger, Rab’17, Can ’17
Temple Emanuel
Newton, MA

Melanie Blatt, MAJS ’18, Can ’18
Cantor-Educator and Director of Community Engagement
Beth El Congregation
Baltimore, MD

Sarah Bolts, MAJS’16, Can’16
Associate Hazzan/Music Director
B’nai Israel Congregation
Rockville, MD

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

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

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

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

Marcie Jonas, Can’10
Greater Boston area
Boston, 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
Temple Sinai
Sharon, MA

Lisa Kipen-Hershenson, MAJS’92, Can’14
NewBridge on the Charles
Dedham, Ma.

Rituals With Meaning
Boston, Ma.

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

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

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

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

*Partial list

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

Monica O’Desky, MJEJS ’18, Can ’18
Spiritual Director
Temple Mizpah
Abilene Texas

Bnei Mitzvah/Liturgy Educator
Beth El Congregation
Fort Worth Texas

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

Melissa Puius, MJEd’13, Can’13
Southern Westchester, NY

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

Dara Rosenblatt, MJEd ’18, Can ’18
Temple Beth-El
Richmond, Virginia

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

B’nei Mitzvah Tutor
Temple Beth Elohim
Wellesley, MA

Henry Shapiro, MJEd’12, Can’12
Spiritual Leader
Parkway Jewish Center
Pittsburgh, PA

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

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

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

Founder and WebMaster

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

Temple Emanu-el
Marblehead, MA

Risa Wallach, MJEd’14, Can’15
Temple Beth El
Jersey City, NJ

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


Meet Our Alumni

Hinda Tzivia Eisen Labovitz '14

Cantor, 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: Currently not accepting applications. New program launch in fall 2020.

Contact Info

For information on Jewish Sacred Music Programs:
Cantor Elana Rozenfeld
Interim Program Director

For information on applying to our cantorial ordination program:
Rabbi Daniel Klein
Associate Dean of Admissions & Student Life