Academy for Jewish Religion, California

Cantorial School

Jewish Sacred Music


The Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA

574 Hilgard Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90024

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters Degree in Jewish Sacred Music

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Founded in 2000, AJRCA is a pluralistic institution dedicated to the training of rabbis, cantors and Jewish chaplains. We have enjoyed tremendous success based in part on our renowned faculty as well as our unique, trans denominational approach to training Jewish spiritual leaders. We welcome interested students all year long and would encourage a visit to AJRCA! The goals of AJRCA’s Cantorial School are clear -- we train men and women to become cantors who will be a living resource of the varied aspects of the Jewish musical tradition. Students will develop mastery of the melodies and chants for Jewish prayer as well as the contemporary modes and sounds that resonate with today’s Jewish community. Our cantors are trained to become proficient in all aspects of clergy life, and successfully impart the vital spiritual/musical connection to worship and inspire. Upon completion, graduates of the Cantorial School, are ordained as “Hazzan and Teacher in Israel,” and receive a Master’s Degree in Jewish Sacred Music. Successful completion generally requires five years of full-time study, with part-time study options available. A Master’s thesis is required for ordination.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

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