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About Cantor Greenberg

Cantor Jacob Greenberg was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. His family placed Judaism and music atop its list of priorities.


He learned how to play different musical instruments, sang in choirs, and performed in musicals. He attended the Krieger Schechter Day School and grew up at Beth Israel Congregation of Owings Mills where he had many "firsts" in synagogue life: He led Ashrei when he was 9, tutored B'nei Mitzvah students at the age of 13, read B'reisheet during Simchat Torah, and led parts of High Holiday services before finishing his undergraduate degree and beginning his Cantorial studies.

Cantor Greenberg is currently the Cantor of Congregation Beth Israel (Scotch Plains, NJ). He was previously the Cantor-Youth Director of Congregation B'nai Israel (Toms River, NJ) for three years where he also served as Interim Cantor for CBI during his last year of Cantorial School. He sings with the New Jersey Cantors Concert Ensemble and was a member of the Board of Directors at the Jewish Federation of Ocean County.

Cantor Greenberg graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2020. At JTS, he worked as the Cantorial School Admissions Intern in the Office of Admissions, and served as President of the Cantorial Student Association. Also with the Association, he chaired its annual Tzedakah (Charity) Concert in 2019.

Parallel to his studies, Cantor Greenberg worked in many fulfilling roles within a variety of contexts. In 2019, he was Congregation B'nai Tikvah's (North Brunswick, NJ) Summer Student Rabbi. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Cantor Greenberg held three different internships: Cantorial Intern of Congregation Beth El (Bethesda, MD), Clergy Intern of Rutgers Hillel, and Hazzan-in-Residence at Congregation Etz Hayim (Arlington, VA) where he served as Hazzan Rishon for two High Holiday seasons (2018 and 2019).

Cantor Greenberg is a proud Baltimore sports fan and a die-hard Duke basketball supporter. He also loves to swim, cycle, and play basketball. Cantor Greenberg enjoys sifting through the pages of a good book of any genre, writing original melodies and song parodies, and watching his favorite TV show, The Office.

Cantor Greenberg with family after his Installation
Congregation B’nai Israel (Toms River, NJ)
Cantor Greenberg taking a "Selfie" with Minyanaires
Congregation B'nai Israel (Toms River, NJ)
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