AJR rabbis and cantors build communities.


As the Jewish world changes and our clergical 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. Some feel the desire to learn more – add text study, Talmud, history, and homiletics. The reasons can be complex, the outcomes wide-ranging, but 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.

Course Requirements

The Cantors to Rabbis track of the Rabbincal Program requires a minimum of 52 credits. In addition, students are responsible for taking the eight comprehensive exams required of rabbincal students and for fulfilling the requisite Ritual Skills requirement. Students in this track who have not already completed an M.A. in Jewish Studies or in a Jewish field will also need to complete the AJR M.A. in Jewish Studies, including a Master’s Project, as part of their program.

Course requirements assume significant competency in areas such as Hebrew, Liturgy, and professional skills. Proficiency will be evaluated on an individual basis. If necessary, students may be required to take additional courses.

Distance Learning

Students in this program who live at a distance are permitted to take all of their courses through our hybrid classrooms.

Scholarship Opportunity

A special scholarship for students enrolled in the Cantors to Rabbis track discounts the part-time tuition to $980 per credit. Students considering full-time study should contact the office for more information.