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European Cantors Association (ECA)
Director Alex Klein

Bringing together all who love Jewish liturgical music and the power it brings to prayer

The European Cantors Association (ECA) is an independent organisation
established in the United Kingdom in 2012. It is a framework for cantors, prayer leaders and interested lay people across the spectrum of Jewish worship, to engage in dialogue, training and profile-raising to ensure that the beautiful and unique music of Jewish prayer, continues to enhance synagogue services for generations to come. ECA’s work is endorsed by several distinguished rabbis and cantors and recognises best practice wherever it exists.

ECA champions the traditional voice and role of the cantor, and more generally supports and encourages the preservation and practice of traditional Jewish synagogue music.   We hold dear much of the music and service style that underpinned Anglo-Jewish tradition for generations, but which is in serious jeopardy now through poor communication of tradition and lack of commitment of proper resource.

ECA partners with several international organisations to create programmes that are relevant to cantors of today and those they work closely with. ECA presented a Zoom series in 2021, The Voice of the Cantor (VOC) tackling some of the burning issues in the cantorial world today. ECA’s Academic Wing presents International Conferences on the music of Jewish prayer in partnership with universities around the world.

ECA arranges European Cantors Conventions along orthodox lines in the UK and European cities that are recognised for providing deep learning and generous sharing in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Sessionsdeal with what is most relevant to the cantor and prayer leader of today. Teachers and presenters are chosen for their experience and expertise and are of the highest calibre. Delegates are able to secure professional feedback. Daily services are held, shacharit, minchah and maariv. Shabbat Choral and cantorial services are arranged with local communities. All food served is kosher. Shabbat services as well as concerts are open to the public who share the love of synagogue music past, present and future. 

All who are interested in the music of the synagogue and the role and art of the cantor or prayer leader are welcome to join the European Cantors Association and attend its activities.  

ECA Membership is free. To join download the membership form

Donations are welcome to support ECA scholarship programme
To make a donation, Transfer to the ECA Bank: 
Sort code 402014, Account name:  European Cantors Association
Account number 91408429 (International Bank Account Number GB60MIDL40201491408429)

People involved

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Chief Rabbi UK and Commonwealth)
Cantor Naftali Herstik (Distinguished Cantor and Head, Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute)
Cantor Joseph Malovany (Distinguished Cantor and Professor New York)
Cantor Asher Hainovitz (Distinguished Cantor, Jerusalem)
International Advisors
Cantor Yechezkel Klang Cantor and Teacher of Chazzanut at the Petach Tikva Cantorial School
Cantor Yaakov Motzen Chazzan at The Shul of Bal Harbour, Florida
Cantor Moshe Schulhof (ל"ז)
Cantor Sol Zim Professor of Jewish Music in New York at the Academy for Jewish Religion
Cantor Naftali Herstik Distinguished Cantor and Head, Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute  
Cantor Asher Hainovitz Distinguished Cantor and Cantor Yeshurun Synagogue, Jerusalem
Cantor Joseph Malovany Distinguished Cantor and Professor, Cantor Fifth Avenue Synagogue, New York
Cantor Aaron Bensoussan
Distinguished Cantor, Toronto.
Maestro Raymond Goldstein
Great Synagogue Jerusalem
Maestro Elli Jaffe Great Synagogue Jerusalem
Professor Eliyahu Schleifer Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Professor Mark Kligman Mickey Katz Professor of Jewish Music at the Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA
Professor Edwin Seroussi Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Rabbinic Supporters
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis Chief Rabbi UK and Commonwealth
Rabbi Ariel Abel Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation
Rabbi Cantor Danny Bergson St Annes Hebrew Congregation Synagogue
Rabbi Amir Ellituv Sephardi Community South Manchester
Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag Whitefield Hebrew Congregation
Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz Senior Rabbinic International Educator at Ohr Torah Stone 
Rabbi Cantor Lionel Rosenfeld Western Marble Arch Synagogue
Rabbi Cantor Geoffrey Shisler Emeritus Rabbi, New West End Synagogue 
Rabbi Michael Dushinsky, MA, Dr.-Equ. Head of Cantorial School "Mattan-Shirah", Prague 

Executive Committee

Alex Klein ECA co-Founder and Director
Geraldine Auerbach MBE ECA Co-Founder, Communications Director
Adam Caplan Treasurer
Hirsh Cashdan Convention Programme Director
Russell Grossman Webmaster and Assistant Programme Director  
Barbara Rosenberg Hospitality

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How you can help: If you believe in these activities, please consider making a bequest to the or the 'Julian Klein Memorial Scholarship Fund' via the European Cantors Association.

Page Last Updated 29 December 2020