JSLI- The Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute’s innovative new JSLI Cantorial School is an online program offering training for the Jewish Cantorate. Learn to lead a Jewish Community in soulful, spiritual prayer.
A Cantor (or Hazzan) is a musician trained in the vocal arts to lead a Jewish congregation in soulful prayer. Our multi-denominational approach will prepare a Cantor to meet the singing needs of Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Communities.
Our mission is to perpetuate our beautiful “nusach” (liturgical melodies) and also support all styles of musical liturgical worship. Our Cantors are prepared to educate communities about the beauty of our musical traditions and meet the musical needs of each specific community.
At a time when fewer professional Cantors are being trained by mainstream Jewish Seminaries, JSLI offers an exciting response to the need to prepare Cantors for the future of Judaism.
Our approach is relevant. Students may study at their own pace and meet online bi-weekly (every other week) with their instructor as well as other students studying the same module.
Our approach is meaningful. We embrace both traditional nusach and the music of our modern communities and strive to harmonize the two. In addition, we encourage the use of musical instrument accompaniment if appropriate for your community and will help you arrange selections with chordal accompaniments.
Our approach is cost-sensitive. The full course of study (four total “Modules” and Life Cycle Master Classes) leading to Ordination as “Cantor and Spiritual Leader” costs a fraction of the amount that would be spent in a mainstream Seminary.
And unique to our program, a student may choose to study any single module and not matriculate or delay proceeding with Cantorial Ordination. This might be appropriate for someone who might intend to be a Cantorial Soloist for the High Holy Days.