Student Cantor Julie Staple

Julie began her fifth and final year as a student at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. During her year with us, she will gain invaluable experience before becoming an ordained cantor. For the past three years, she has served as cantorial intern under the mentorship of Cantor Rebecca Garfein, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, in New York City. There, Julie was responsible for directing the youth choir, tutoring b’nai mitzvah students, teaching trope, and helping to prepare and lead Shabbat services and High Holy Days services.

A highly decorated student both at HUC and during her undergraduate years, Julie received a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies: Sacred Music Program from Indiana University (Class of 2013), where she was awarded six prestigious scholarships.  Email Julie at