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Welcome to the American Conference of Cantors Placement Department!

Selection of a Cantor by a congregation is a critical and sensitive task with far-reaching implications for the character, spirit, effectiveness, and success of a congregation, as well as for the career of the selected Cantor. It should involve participation of all constituencies of the congregational community and be conducted according to careful procedures and with mutual respect and courtesy for the Cantor and congregation.

The relationship between an ordained or certified Cantor and a congregation has a spiritual dimension that transcends the usual employee-employer association. It is grounded in the history of our people as well as in the shared, sacred experiences and events in the lives of our congregants.

The relationship between an ordained or certified Cantor and an ordained Rabbi is one which is forged in a shared vision for congregational communities. Both deploy their gifts in an effort to transmit our Jewish heritage, enrich worship and create opportunities for the performance of mitzvot.

The Placement Department of the American Conference of Cantors is devoted to making shidduchim between congregations and Cantors. Our goal is that these covenantal relationships grow and prosper over the years. To this end, please visit Hiring Resources for Congregations to find sample job descriptions, sample interview questions, questions to ask references, a cantorial search timetable, interview intake forms, as well as many other helpful materials.

1. Before completing an application to enter our Placement process, please download and review the following documents:

Curious about our Cantor-in-Residence program for Congregations smaller than 250 member units? (Please note: The Cantor-in-Residence Program is not the same as the Guest Cantor Program for small congregations)

2. Contact your Union Consulting and Transition Rabbis for assistance in completing the Application for Placement:

Rabbi Janet Offel, Director, Consulting and Transition Management: joffel@urj.org  213-765-2667

Rabbi David Fine, Rabbi, Consulting and Transition Management: dfine@urj.org  212-452-6724

3. Download a copy of the Congregational Application for Cantorial Placement. Be sure to visit Hiring Resources for Congregations for sample job descriptions, tips for search committees, a sample PR blurb and other important resources before you fill out your congregational application for placement.     

Full-Time/Limited Service Positions

High Holy Day Positions

Cantor-In-Residence Positions

4. Transmit an electronic copy of your completed application and any additional materials to the Placement Office placement@accantors.org. Please also download, sign, scan, and email back the "Acknowledgments" page of the application.  You will also need to send hard copies of both the application and the "Acknowledgments" page to the ACC office in Schaumburg, IL via regular mail.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns during the course of your search.

Cantor Kay Greenwald (for matters relating to candidates, placement support, general inquiries) Phone: (650) 963-9722, Email: kgreenwald@accantors.org

Cantor Gail Hirschenfang (for matters relating to salary, retirement, benefits, contracts) Phone: 845-559-3818, Email: ghirschenfang@accantors.org

ACC Placement Office (for administrative questions, website issues) Phone: 847-781-7800, Email: placement@accantors.org