Position: High Holidays Cantor

Location: Temple Israel, 200 State Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Temple Israel, a diverse USCJ-affiliated congregation of about 300 families in the New Hampshire seacoast, seeks a cantor to assist in our 5784 High Holiday services.


  • Work with our rabbi during 6-8 sessions over the months leading up to High Holidays to plan the services.
  • Help to lead all six High Holiday services:
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah, Days one and two of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur morning, and Yom Kippur afternoon/Neilah service
  • Tashlich (optional)
  • Minimal need for leyning
  • No haftorah



Work Remotely: no

Training and experience as a HHD cantor

Knowledgeable of High Holiday liturgy

Familiar with traditional nusakh and contemporary HHD melodies

Skill in leading davening with emotion, soul, passion

Position Start Date: September 1, 2023
Salary Range: $8,000 - $10,000
Send resumes and cover letter to:

To apply, please send the items below to VPRitual@templeisraelnh.org:

Cantorial resume

Voice recordings of Unetaneh Tokef, Kol Nidre, Ashamnu, and some examples of HHD nusakh, such as the opening section of the Amidah &/or HHD Kaddishes

Three references

Contact info:


OR Temple office, tempoffice@templeisraelnh.org, 603-436-5301 x10

About Temple Israel

Temple Israel is a diverse, Conservative-affiliated, egalitarian congregation located in the historic seaport city of Portsmouth, NH, about an hour north of Boston.  Our members live in the seacoast area of New Hampshire and southern Maine. Our congregation is 300 member households strong; our Hebrew School enrollment ranges between 50 – 70 children.