Spread the Word about HUC-JIR's New Cantorial Certification Program

Monday, June 25, 2012

HUC-JIR’s new Cantorial Certification Program, a three-year program operating under the auspices of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, provides soloists who have been in the field at least five years with the opportunity to gain cantorial credentials and become full members of the American Conference of Cantors.  It is a rigorous part-time program that consists of both online learning and face-to-face kallot with HUC-JIR faculty, small group study, guidance from mentors, and serious time spent in development of knowledge and skills, as well as reflection upon one’s own spiritual foundation and the sharing of one’s current work in the field.

Please visit the Cantorial Certification Program website, feel free to share it with anyone who might be interested, and contact Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Coordinator, directly at edreskin@huc.edu with any questions you may have. 

Auditions and interviews will take place in October, and our first cohort will begin their studies together in January of 2013.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu