Cantors to Rabbis

As the world of Jewish spiritual leadership changes and roles contract, expand, and evolve, cantors often find themselves wishing they had the tools to fulfill all that is being asked of them as spiritual leaders.  The reasons can be complex, the outcomes wide-ranging, but over and over, the one unifying feeling is the sense of wanting to serve in a fulfilling and productive way. The Academy for Jewish Religion is proud to offer cantors the opportunity to add rabbinic ordination to their already impressive mastery of nusah, tefillah, and all that goes with cantorial ordination or investiture. AJR is the leader in providing Jewish educational opportunities for second career students in ways the fits your needs.  As a result, we have crafted a flexible program taking into account your location,  current employment, and prior education and past experience.

Through this program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in areas such as text study, Talmud, history,  homiletics, education, philosophy, theology, and ethics
    • The program assumes all students are trained clergy and possess significant competency in areas such as Hebrew, Liturgy, and professional skills. Proficiency will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Enroll as a full-time or part-time student
  • Join classes through our distance learning program
    • Learn together with on-site students in real time using the video conference platform Zoom
    • Eligible students may complete entire program via distance learning

AJR has always had the deepest respect for the cantorate, conferring semikhah on our cantors since the inception of our cantorial program, and always training rabbis and cantors as partners in spiritual leadership. Take this next step in your education, training, and career with us. For more information please contact Dean of Admissions, Cantor Lisa Klinger-Kantor at, 914-709-0900 x4028.