Cantors in Short Supply

April 9, 2001

Source: The Boston Herald

On April 9, 2001, The Boston Herald reported on a shortage of cantors in both the Conservative and Orthodox movements. "Cantors have long played a role in the Jewish faith...Jewish leaders say the cantor's changing role is one of the reasons for the shortage." Besides singing, cantors now have added responsibilities, such as officiating at weddings and funerals, directing the synagogue chorus, and teaching Hebrew scripture.