School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College

Jewish music enriches the spirit. It is the soul of Jewish prayer and the heart of Jewish life.

The School of Jewish Music nurtures future Jewish liturgical leaders through its cutting-edge cantorial ordination program, certificate programs for paraprofessionals and master's degree concentrations.

Graduates integrate deep knowledge of text, liturgy and tradition with musical creativity to provide spiritual, educational, musical and pastoral leadership in congregational and Jewish communal settings.


Cantorial Ordination for Spiritual and Educational Leadership

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A three-year, full-time residential program, providing future cantors with the tools they need to serve 21st-century congregations. Classwork, vocal arts, private cantorial coaching and internships are combined in one comprehensive curriculum. > Learn more

Certificate Program in Jewish Sacred Music 

Designed for congregants, lay leaders, cantorial soloists and "gabbaim." Coursework may be done online or in a combination of online and on-campus courses, and include individualized cantorial coaching. > Learn more

Prayer Leader Summer Institute  

The School of Jewish Music offers eight weeks of pluralistic programming in leading services and teaching music during the summer. The institute is open to students, lay leaders, teachers, and musicians interested in Jewish liturgical music and honing their musical skills. Learn more about the 2018 Institute.

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