Becoming a Cantor


Cantors lead musical liturgies in synagogues to enhance the religious experiences of worshipers. They also perform some activities in support of the rabbi such as visiting sick congregants and training children for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations. They are professionals who have almost as much training as rabbis. Most cantors serve one of the four main types of Jewish congregations: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. The remaining congregations are other unaffiliated streams of Judaism.