Adopted by the CCAR
APPRECIATION AND SUPPORT OF THE REFORM CANTORATE
Adopted by the Board of Trustees
Conference of American Rabbi
June 10, 2003
with pride the work done by the School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, which for over 50 years
has trained men and women to serve our movement with knowledge,
devotion, and a commitment to our past, present and future.
While the rabbi holds the
leadership responsibility for the professional staff team, we the
members of the Board of Trustees of the Central Conference of American
Rabbis value the critical role that cantors can play in transmitting
our Jewish heritage and in enriching our worship, creating
opportunities to discover the divine within each of us. We look to
them as colleagues who join with us in offering pastoral care to our
congregants and in raising the level of Jewish knowledge and
congregations affiliated with the Union of American Hebrew
Congregations have bestowed the title of “Cantor” on lay soloists
who have not been invested as cantors, or jointly certified as cantors
by the American Conference of Cantors and the School of Sacred Music.
The School of Sacred Music confers the title of Cantor only on those
individuals who have completed a rigorous and approved course of study
so that they have thereby prepared themselves for investiture. We
expect UAHC congregations to accept the standard set by the SSM in the
same way that they recognize the rabbis ordained by the College-
Institute and therefore not to bestow the title of Cantor on
individuals who have not earned it.
THEREFORE, the Board of the Central
Conference of American Rabbis resolves to:
our Reform congregations to support the efforts of the College-
Institute and the American Conference of Cantors by turning to the ACC
to provide invested cantors who will serve our congregations with
kavanah, knowledge and authenticity.
of our congregations to refrain from bestowing the title of cantor on
lay persons, however well versed in music and Judaica they might be;
colleagues and synagogue leaders to identify bright and talented women
and men and encourage them to apply for admission to the School of
Sacred Music, so that our movement will be enriched by properly
trained invested cantors who will preserve our musical heritage and
enhance the spiritual life of the congregations in our movement.