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  • Joel Pressman, cantor and performing arts teacher, dies at 63

    November 20, 2013 | 10:46 am

    Joel Pressman, a cantor and longtime performing arts teacher at Beverly Hills High School, died on Nov. 18. He was 63.

    In mid-September, Pressman, son of Jacob Pressman, rabbi emeritus at Temple Beth Am, and Marjorie Pressman, announced in a Facebook video that he was dying of...

  • The value of voice

    September 12, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    As we prepare for the High Holy Days, we often do not consider one aspect  of ourselves, our voice. I’m taking about our actual vocal cords; our means of producing sound. 

    We use our voice to chant along with or respond to the cantor, but many of us will also use our voice...

  • Sinai Temple welcomes new cantor

    July 11, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    Congregants of all ages came to Sinai Temple’s main sanctuary on June 10 to welcome the newest member of the clergy, Cantor Marcus Feldman, who officially took over as the congregation’s senior cantor on July 1. Feldman’s first concert, performed with Sinai Temple Cantors...

  • What’s in a word? For ‘ordained’ rather than ‘invested’ cantors, a lot

    May 1, 2012 | 11:48 am

    What’s the difference between investiture and ordination?

    Plenty, say officials at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, which has announced that for the first time since establishing its cantorial school in 1948, it will ordain rather than...

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  • Handy Hazzan is Hanukkah Hazzan - Making Dreydls Out of Clay Today!

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    December 16, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    … Oh Dreydl, Dreydl, Dreydl…I Make it Out of Clay…

    Most of you know the Dreidel Song …. “Oh Dreydl, Dreydl Dreydl…. I made it out of clay.  And when it’s dry and ready, then dreydl I shall play…”  Who does that anymore?  Go to any Judaica store and
    you will find...

  • Pasadena temple gets Argentina’s first woman cantor

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 14, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Cantor Ruth Berman Harris has been earning paychecks for leading services since she was 15, years before a cantorial school even existed in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    “I think it was what I was born to be,” she said. “I became a bat mitzvah, and I never left the...

  • Handy Hazzan Almost Humpty Dumpty Hazzan – From A Ladder, Not a Wall

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    June 23, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    It was last Tuesday and I was in a hurry.  First mistake.  I had promised to replace an exterior light bulb above the entrance to my friend, Vivian’s house.  It gets pretty dark at night in that general area, not only because of that bulb, but also because the one on the porch...

  • Cantor advises Weiner to ‘come clean’ in Twitter flap

    June 2, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, called on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to “come clean” about a controversy over a lewd photo.

    Cantor made his comments in a television interview on Thursday, as Weiner endured a fourth day...

  • Man who threatened Cantor gets 2 years

    April 8, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    A man who threatened to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), speaking of his “final Yom Kippur,” was sentenced to two years in prison.

    The Washington Post on Friday quoted prosecutors as saying Norman LeBoon, 33, of Philadelphia, must also complete three years of supervision after his...

  • Reform cantorial school named after Debbie Friedman

    January 28, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    The Reform movement’s cantorial school has been named after the late Debbie Friedman.

    Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, made the announcement Jan. 27 in New York at a memorial tribute to Friedman, who died Jan. 9 at 59.

    Friends...

  • Obama remark misinterpreted, Cantor spokesman says

    November 15, 2010 | 4:53 pm

    U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor’s promise that the new GOP majority will “serve as a check” on the Obama administration was “not in relation to U.S.-Israel relations,” his spokesman said.

    Brad Dayspring told The Washington Post Monday that the comment last week by Cantor (R-Va.), the putative...

  • Giffords ekes out victory, Altschuler in play

    November 8, 2010 | 10:28 am

    Two Jewish congressional hopefuls—a Democratic incumbent and a Republican seeking his first term—may have won seats by narrow margins.

    U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was declared the winner last Friday night over Republican Jesse Kelly in a Tucson-area district. The victory...

  • Showtime is just this cantor’s day job

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 16, 2008 | 2:01 am

    At the dawn of Hollywood talkies, "The Jazz Singer" told the story of a young Jewish man's conflict between a career in the entertainment industry and being a cantor. The sacred and the profane seemed two poles whose opposing magnetic draws tore the protagonist apart. But that was...
  • VIDEO: Chazzan Chaim Adler—‘Kaddish’ @  Selichot services in Tel Aviv

    By The Web Guy

    September 21, 2008 | 3:22 am

    Chazzan Chiam Adler, chief cantor at Tel-Aviv’s Great Synagogue, sings the Kaddish. Recorded at first Selichot service. September 21 2008 midnight.  Spectacular chazzanut and wonderful singing by the congregation.  Towards the end, you can hear a little kol isha.  Is that our videographer, Y227, up in the womens’ balcony?

     

     

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Amonai Shamati—Moroccan High Holy Day Piyyut

    September 10, 2008 | 4:44 am

    Beautiful, pleading Sephardic High Holiday piyyut (hymn,chant) recited on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur before Amidah. Tradtional Moroccan melody sung by Eyal Bitton.

    Piyout sepharade chanté à Roche Hachana et Yom Kippour avant l’Amida. Air marocain. Soliste: Eyal Bitton.

  • Feminist cantor retires from long-term post

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 23, 2008 | 4:04 pm

    In 1980, five years into her cantorate, Aviva Rosenbloom, then in her early 30s, stood before her Reform congregation at Temple Israel of Hollywood and stretched the boundaries of her role as singer and teacher to ask her congregation a difficult question: "Are women in Judaism...
  • AUDIO: Al Jolson stars as ‘The Jazz Singer’—Lux Radio Theatre 1947

    By The Web Guy

    July 6, 2008 | 5:06 pm

    From The Radio Hall of Fame:

    “Lux…presents Hollywood!”

    These words introduced broadcast radio’s biggest and most important dramatic program. For two decades, The Lux Radio Theatre presented radio versions of movie attractions, current or coming, while the biggest names in...

  • Gole to lead Cantor’s Assembly

    By Tom Tugend

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Cantor Joseph Gole of Sinai Temple will be installed as president of the international Cantors Assembly during the organization's convention in Los Angeles, at a time when the profession is facing changes and challenges.

    Highlight of the May 6-10 meeting will be "On the Wings of...
  • B’nai Mitzvah: Exactly how kosher was Christy’s bat mitzvah?

    By Cantor Ron Li-Paz

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Christy's bat mitzvah was a monumental event for her entire family. The synagogue was full, featuring out-of-towners from New York, San Francisco and Raleigh, N.C. It was the first time that many of them had been in a synagogue.

    While Christy was nervous that she would make a...

  • Skateboard Creator Builds Business on Performance

    By Amy Klein

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Don Tashman doesn't look like a skater boy, not with his scraggly, brown hair and three-day-old unshaven stubble that's yet to materialize into a beard.

    This religious boy from Beverlywood doesn't even look like a surfer boy -- which he is, as these things usually go hand in hand,...

  • Jazz and Classical in Perfect Harmony

    By Andrew Rosenblum

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Throughout his career, musician Uri Caine has gambled that he could find a niche in unconventional musical settings -- and he's usually won. His body of work includes hard-swinging jazz, contemporary imaginings of Jewish musical themes and controversial reworkings of hallowed...

  • Cantor Glickman Returns to Israel

    By David Finnigan

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Cantor Binyamin Glickman, who taught generations of Los Angeles children to love God through music, is returning home to his beloved Jerusalem.

    Ask him what he will see from his flat there and the 70-year-old smiles.

    "The cemetery of Mount Olive, where grandparents are buried and...

  • Cantor Carries on Tennis Tradition

    By Tom Tugend

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Steven Walfish's life is ruled by the three Ts: tallit, tefillin and tennis.To illustrate this point, when his son Sam was in first grade, he asked his dad to drop by the school and join other fathers in talking about their professions.

    So the elder Walfish appeared in full regalia...

  • Four Ways to Hear the Days of Awe

    By George Robinson

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Days of Awe evoke many feelings, but my first thoughts invariably turn to the special music of these days. From the solemn, almost brooding melody of Kol Nidre to the lilting "High Holiday" tune that unifies the music of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there is much in which...

  • Tale of Two Schools

    By Ted Roberts

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Miss Smith, my third-grade teacher at Vollentine Grammar School, stood facing the class with her arm around my shoulders. She was a large woman the size of two or three of today's fashion models, with gray hair pulled back from a ruddy, round face. All I knew of her personal life was...

  • A Mitzvah Is Its Own Reward

    By Brendan Howard

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Be not like servants who serve their master for the sake of receiving a reward; instead be like servants who serve their master not for the sake of receiving a reward. And let the awe of Heaven be upon you." -- Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Fathers)

    The rabbi and the cantor are...

  • Cantors Plan Charity Concerts

    By Andrea Adelson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With religious school winding down this month at many synagogues, some cantors will regularly seize the opportunity to produce a brief season of secular concerts with guest artists and visiting cantors.

    Such a shift from liturgical music to secular show tunes will take place May 22...

  • C’mon, a Bat Mitzvah Is, Like, So Uncool

    By Marlene Heller

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Everything was going wrong. First, her best friend moved. Not just to another town, she moved to another state.

    Also, she was starting a new school this year. Middle school was scary to think about, though she would never admit it out loud. She was too cool for that.

    And now her...

  • Off the Bimah: A Concerted Effort

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    With her slender figure, long, shining strawberry-blonde hair and big hazel eyes, Alison Wissot looks more like a stage ingénue than most people's conceptions of a cantor -- not surprising, since that's what she was 10 years ago.

    Wissot's cantorial career is off to a brilliant...

  • Dean’s Judaism Ties Span Decades

    By Matthew E. Berger

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In the middle of a rowdy rendition of "I Have a Little Dreidel" at the Sobelson family Chanukah party in Concord, N.H., Howard Dean walked in and declared himself the cantor. 

    The Democratic presidential candidate recited the blessings over the candles in near-perfect Hebrew in...

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