Online Cantorial School

Announcing our all new Online JSLI Cantorial School


JSLI- The Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute’s innovative new online JSLI Cantorial School is an online program offering training for the Jewish Cantorate. Become a Cantor (Hazzan) and learn to lead a Jewish Community in soulful, spiritual 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. Two students meet online bi-monthly (every other week) “Hevruta style” with their teacher ( an experienced Cantor) during which they explore the correct and appropriate nusach as well as it’s practical application.

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.

“I just wanted to share with you what our Rabbi told the Congregation last night during our evening service. He said that in just this past week, three different families called him to thank him for our Zoom services. Moreover, they all told him they especially look forward to singing the Mi Shebeirach prayer for healing with me, and believe this truly helped the loved ones they prayed for to heal (from very serious illnesses, in fact), and he thanked me. I was very moved by that. Thank you for your wonderful teaching, and JSLI. ”                 –  “Happy to be a Cantor” Marianne