Cantor and Rabbi Robert Freedman

Rabbi and Cantor Robert Freedman began singing for his synagogue when he was 13 years old. His love of music led him to earn a bachelor of music degree at the University of North Carolina and a master's degree in vocal performance at the Eastman School in Rochester, NY.

After singing professionally for seven years in Toronto, Ont., performing in diverse settings that ranged from opera to synagogues to beer commercials, he returned to the United States to enroll in the cantorial program at the Hebrew Union College - School of Sacred Music. In 1982 he became the cantor at The Jewish Center.

Wishing to expand his ability to serve the Jewish community and to deepen his own understanding, he resigned from the Jewish Center in 1996 and enrolled in the rabbinical program at the Academy for Jewish Religion. As a student he served as rabbi and cantor of the String of Pearls congregation in Princeton. After receiving rabbinic ordination in 2000 he served for seven years as rabbi and cantor of Israel Congregation in Manchester, VT, then as assistant rabbi and cantor of Society Hill Synagogue in Philadelphia. In 2013 he joined the chaplaincy staff of the Princeton Medical Center, where he is the rabbi for the hospital and the hospice program.

Rabbi Freedman and his wife Sally enjoy living a short walk from the center of Princeton.