Alumni Placements

Students who become ordained through the School of Jewish Music are eligible for membership in both the Cantors Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors. These memberships in the largest professional cantorial associations give graduates access to the leading cantorial placement services. All of our graduates have found meaningful employment in full-time and part-time positions.

Following is a partial list of School of Jewish Music alumni who are making an impact in their respective communities:

Stephen Abramowitz, MJEd'08, Can'08
Temple Ner Tamid
Peabody, MA

Elise Barber, MAJS'11, Can'11
Temple Beth El
Springfield, MA

Aliza Berger, Rab'17, Can '17
Temple Emanuel
Newton, MA


Sarah Bolts, MAJS'16, Can'16
Beth Sholom B'nai Israel
Manchester, CT

Vera Broekhuysen, MJEd'16, Can'16
Spiritual Leader
Temple Emanu-El
Haverhill, MA

Sharon Citrin Goldstein, Cert'05, MJEd'09, Can'09
Beth El Synagogue
Woodbury, CT

Hinda Eisen Labovitz, MAJS'14, Can'14
Ohr Kodesh Congregation
Chevy Chase, MD

Idan Irelander, MJEd'09, Can'09
Temple Emanuel
Andover, MA

Marcie Jonas, Can'10
Mishkan Tefila
Brookline, MA

Adjunct Instructor
Hebrew College
Newton Centre, MA

Katharine Judd, MJEd'15, Can'15
Spiritual Leader
Shir Heharim/Brattleboro Area Jewish Community
Brattleboro, VT

Rebecca Wexler Khitrik, MAJS'14, Can'14
Assistant Cantor and Choir Director
Temple Sinai
Sharon, MA

Lisa Kipen-Hershenson, MAJS'92, Can'14
Founder and Director
Shirat Halev/Song of the Heart Bedside Singers
Boston, MA

Audrey Klein, MJEd'17, Can '17
Congregational Engagement Director
Temple Emanu-El
North York, ON


Richard Lawrence, MJEd'14, Can'14
Temple Emanu El
Orange Village, OH

Kevin Margolius, MAJS'12, Can'13
Touro Synagogue
New Orleans, LA

Michael McCloskey, MJEd'07, Can'07
Temple Emeth
Chestnut Hill, MA

Julie Newman, MJEd'17, Can'17
Cantor and President
Tiferet -- A Jewish Spirituality Project
Pittsburgh, PA

Shana Onigman, MJEd'07, Can'07
Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael
Morristown, N.J.

Jeri Nagler Robins, MJEd'13, Can'13
Beth El Temple Center
Belmont, MA

Melissa Puius, MJEd'13, Can'13
Leader, Simhat Shabbat
Temple Israel Center, White Plains, NY

Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains, NY

Curriculum Writer
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El, Scarsdale, NY


Nancy Sargon-Zarsky, MAJS'08, Can'08
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

B'nei Mitzvah Tutor
Temple Beth Elohim
Wellesley, MA

Henry Shapiro, MJEd'12, Can'12
Parkway Jewish Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Wendy Siegel, MJEd'11, Can'13
Spiritual Leader and Cantor
Temple Emanuel
Marlborough, MA

Kimberley Singer, MJEd'09, Can'09
Spiritual Leader and Religious School Director
Temple Shir Shalom
Oviedo, FL

Linda Sue Sohn, Cert'06, MJEd'11, Can'11
B'nei Mitzvah Tutor
Temple Aliyah
Needham, MA

Sarra Spierer, MJEd'07, Can'07
Cantor and Pastoral Associate
Congregation Beth Elohim
Acton, MA

Beth Strassler, MAJS'16, Can'17
Cantor--Spiritual Leader
Congregation Etz Chaim
Biddeford, ME

Lynn Torgove, MAJS'11, Can'12
Head of Vocal Arts and Adjunct Professor of Music
Hebrew College
Newton Centre, MA

Temple Emanu-el
Marblehead, MA

Risa Wallach, MJEd'14, Can'15
Congregation B'nai Shalom
Walnut Creek, CA