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ECA 'Voice of the Cantor' Series One : Spring and Summer 2021

ECA's first 'Voice of the Cantor' series ran from March 3rd to 1st July 2021

The first series focused on issues which concern or delight cantors today and gave a rich insight into the joys, fears and hopes of the cantor in today's world.

We thank the 40+ cantors, rabbis, prayer leaders and music directors who took part and everyone who tuned in - hundreds of people.

All eleven session recordings are available via the links below:

Our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK2qAUlIsThTg9oe7mDilkA

Our podcast channel https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episodes.

Individual episode recording links are also below

Our eleventh and final session:

Cantorial Art, Into The Future II : The Rise Of The Female Cantor
Cantor Jaclyn Chernett European Academy for Jewish Liturgy
Cantor Zöe Jacobs Finchley Reform Synagogue, London
Cantor Tamara Wolfson Alyth Reform Synagogue, London
Shani Ben Or Jerusalem and New York
Cantor Daniel Singer Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, NYC
Moderator Russell Grossman

 

The video recording is here. The podcast is here.

Our tenth session:

Cantorial Art, Into The Future I : Renaissance In Europe 

Chief Cantor Shmuel Barzilai Viennese City Temple
Cantor Assaf Levitin Ex-Hanover Liberal Jewish Community
Cantor Nathan Goldman IRGW Stuttgart Synagogue
Cantor Daniel Rudas Dohany Synagogue Budapest
Cantor Bryan Wood Alt Neu Shul Prague
Moderator Hirsh Cashdan

The video recording is here. The podcast is here.

Our ninth session:

Who Needs A Shul Choir?

Benjamin Wolf Musical Director, Belsize Square Synagogue, UK
Alexander Tsaliuk Artistic Director, Moscow Male Jewish Choir, Russia
Ruti Worrall Choir Director, Menorah Synagogue, Cheshire, UK
Evelyn Green Musical Director, Johannesburg Jewish Male Choir, South Africa
Alan Freedman Musical Director, The London Cantorial Singers, UK
Moderator Daniel Tunkel

Thank you to all who took part. this event was held jointly with the Cantors Assembly

The video recording is here. The podcast is here.

Our eighth session:

Who Needs Nusach? Part II

Cantor Hinda Labovitz Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Cantor Jacob Mendelson Eminent cantor and international performer
Cantor Gideon Zelermyer Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Montreal
Charles Heller Writer and retired choirmaster Toronto

Moderator Hirsh Cashdan

Thank you to all who took part. this event was held jointly with the Cantors Assembly

The podcast is here and the video recording is here.

Our seventh session:

Who Needs Nusach? Part I

Cantor Asher Hainovitz Yeshurun Synagogue, Jerusalem
Rabbi
 Cantor Geoffrey Shisler Teacher and Rabbi/Cantor (retired)
Charles Heller Writer and retired choirmaster Toronto
Rabbi
 Benjy Rickman Holy Law Synagogue,Manchester

Moderator Hirsh Cashdan

Thank you to all who took part.

The podcast is here and the video is here

Our sixth session:

The Sephardi Cantor : How Similar, How Different? was on Wednesday 12th May

Cantor Eliot Alderman Freelance Synagogue Musician, UK
Cantor Aaron Bensoussan Toronto
Rabbi Jeff Berger Wembley Sephardi Community, London, UK
Hazzan Dr. Ramón Tasat Shirat HaNefesh Cong., Maryland, US

Moderator Daniel Tunkel

Thank you to all who took part. This session was run jointly with the Cantors Assembly

The podcast is here and the video is here


Our fifth session:

The Carlebach Conundrum was on Wednesday 28th April with

Cantor Asher Hainovitz Yeshurun Synagogue, Jerusalem
Rabbi Yossi Binstock St John’s Wood Synagogue, London
Rabbi Michael Wolk Temple Israel, Charlotte NC, USA
Cantor
Yehuda Marx Heaton Park Synagogue, Manchester UK
Alex Klein Director, European Cantors Association

Moderator Russell Grossman Thank you to all who took part

The podcast is here and the video is here

Our fourth session:

The Challenge of Modern Orthodoxy for the Cantorate was on Wednesday 14th April with

Michael Goldstein President, United Synagogue UK
Cantor /Minister Alby Chait United Hebrew Congregation, Leeds
Cantor Steven Leas Central Synagogue, London
Rabbi Cantor Danny Bergson St Annes Hebrew Congregation, St Annes
Cantor Adam Caplan Prestwich Hebrew Congregation, Manchester

Moderator Hirsh Cashdan Thank you to all who took part

The podcast is here and the video is here

Our third session:

"Passover In Pandemic" on March 31st was with Rabbi Meir Shindler Richmond Synagogue, Richmond, Surrey
Rabbi Cantor Natan Fagelman Allerton Synagogue, Liverpool
Cantor
/Minister Alby Chait United Hebrew Congregation, Leeds

Moderator Hirsh Cashdan Thank you to all who took part

The podcast is here and the video is here

Our second session:

"Crossing the Pond" on March 17th was with Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky, Park East Synagogue,NYC;
Cantor
Jason Green, Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation, Ottawa; and
Rabbi
Cantor Gershon Silins,West London Synagogue, London
Moderator Hirsh Cashdan Thank you to all who took part

The podcast is here and the video is here.


Our opening session:

Our first curtain-raiser, held in conjunction with the Cantors Assembly, on March 3rd featured internationally renowned cantor and star of the musical theatre,
Dudu Fisher
in conversation with ECA Director Alex Klein

The video is here and the podcast is here

 

Last Updated 22nd August 2021