Hazzanut

Jacob Beimel

American cantor, composer and musicologist

Born in Parichi, Belarus. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1915. Worked as cantor and conductor in Europe (Berlin and Copenhagen) and later in the U.S. (New York and Philadelphia). Has written many articles concerning Jewish music. Founded the Journal, Jewish Music, in which he published a few of his own compositions and adaptations (synagogue music, folk songs, and Hassidic melodies).

1875-1944
 [Pictures taken from: Beimel, Jacob. Mikitka (Jewish folk song). New York : Jos. P. Katz, 1924]

Gershon Sirota

Cantor

Gershon Sirota was born in 1874 in Podolia, where his father officiated as the village cantor. As a boy, Sirota frequently assisted his father in leading services at the local synagogue. At the age of 13, Sirota went to visit his grandparents in Odessa and was hired to lead services at the local Bet Hamedrash (small house of prayer), where his grandfather was a member. The board of trustees, and other music professionals in attendance, were taken aback by the young boy’s talent.

1874-1943

Samuel Vigoda

Cantor

Born in Dobrzyń, Poland. Studied with his father and later with Yossele Rosenblatt. Vigoda officiated as cantor in Budapest, and in 1933 immigrated to the US, where he continued in cantorial offices in New York (taking Rosenblatt's position at the Oheb Zedek synagogue) and in Washington. He is one of the star cantors of the cantors' "golden age."

1895-1990

Moshe Taube

Cantor

Born in Cracow, Poland. After the holocaust, he immigrated to Palestine, where he worked as a cantor in Tel- Aviv. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1957, and officiated as cantor in New York and later in Pittsburg. Taube developed a unique style as a cantor and composed original melodies for prayers.

Sources: Encyclopedia Judaica, FAU Libraries website. Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. 

1927-

Joseph Singer

Cantor

Born in Hilnik, Hungary, officiated as cantor in Beuthen, Nurnberg and Vienna (where he succeeded Salomon Sulzer). He published numerous studies on Jewish music and was among the first to investigate prayer chants scientifically, in an attempt to systemize the traditional prayer modes.

1841-1911

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