Madeleine LeBeau '24

April 18, 2023

About the internship

This internship will help me get exposure to the day to day tasks of a cantor and allow me to contribute to the congregation by participating in and co-leading services, rehearsals, and completing special projects created by the cantors such as creating a Learning Liturgy course which will later be used for preparation of adult b’nei mitzvah students.

The impact on my career path

This is truly my dream internship. I am thrilled I will be able to learn from and help with service tasks and special projects of one of the largest synagogues in the world – one with such a rich history and vibrant community. I believe this internship will be invaluable to me, as it will help prepare me for cantorial school and my future career. I am so grateful for this opportunity.

What I hope to learn

I hope to learn about the day to day experiences/tasks of cantors and learn how they interact with congregants, other members of the clergy, and members of the community. By being mentored by the cantorial team, I hope to learn new melodies for liturgical music, skills in working with choirs, and skills in selecting music for services. 

How it relates to my academics/interests 

Through my coursework and extracurricular experiences at Princeton University, I am preparing myself for the cantorate and for my application to Hebrew Union College this upcoming fall. I am a history major with concentrations in Judaic Studies, Vocal Performance, and Music Theater. I have grown the active Reform Jewish community on Princeton’s campus by more than 500% since becoming President of Kesher, and I am a cantorial soloist at Har Sinai Temple in Pennington, New Jersey, twice a month and on holidays.