Policy Updated as of June 27 2019.
The ACC maintains rigorous standards for ordination/certification, offers deep support for the professional needs of cantors, advocates with passion for the evolving role of the cantorial vocation, and cultivates ever-increasing professional excellence among its members.
Thank you for your interest in membership in the American Conference of Cantors, the premier cantorial association in the world. When you join the ACC, you are doing more than affiliating with a professional organization; you are joining a community comprised of the highest quality cantors in North America and around the world. You are embracing the Reform cantorate’s commitment to leadership in the Reform Jewish world through prayer, music, leadership, and integrity, and by cultivating and deepening our people’s relationship with God. ACC cantors are equipped to be attentive to the joys and challenges that members within a congregation face over the course of their lives, using both their unique calling to music and prayer and their shared responsibilities for offering spiritual leadership to congregations. ACC members help lead their congregations and by extension, the Reform Jewish movement in North America, towards a bright future.
To its members, the ACC pledges passionate advocacy for the evolving role of the cantorial vocation, professional support, camaraderie and ongoing learning opportunities, cultivating an ever-increasing professional excellence among its members. To the Reform Jewish movement's efforts to repair the world, the ACC pledges support and participation. To the movement’s affiliated organizations, the ACC pledges cooperation and partnership.
THE MISSION OF THE ACC: The American Conference of Cantors supports its members in their sacred calling as emissaries for Judaism and for Jewish music. ACC leadership draws upon the energies and aspirations of its individual members, while responding to the expressed needs of the larger membership and the Reform Movement. The Conference inspires its members to embrace a shared dynamic vision of the cantorate. This vision is realized through programs and initiatives that will ensure a strong and successful organization. Each such effort is conceived according to carefully determined goals and criteria. Through our members, we provide our communities with a compelling experience of text, music, learning, relationship to one another and connectedness to God. We establish our organization as a self-assured and securely funded entity, acting in full partnership with other representational bodies of the Reform Movement and worldwide Jewry.