Falling in love with my non-Jewish fiancé and his wonderful children was effortless; planning our wedding, however, proved to be much more difficult.
Who’s the next Shlomo Carlebach? Or Ofra Haza? Or Debbie Friedman? We’re looking for the best new voices in Jewish music. Do you or someone you know fit that description? Apply here!
A former house guest was charged in the fatal stabbing of Ronald Fischman, an ordained cantor, in Fischman’s Philadelphia home.
Mark Goldman is the first openly gay chazzan to head the American Conference of Cantors. He caught up with the us about his Orthodox background and why he loves the Kol Nidre.
When Mikhail Kivovich came to America from Belorussia in 1991, he knew he had relatives who had made the same journey decades earlier. But he had no idea how many — until recently.
Emanuel Perlman thinks that if Jewish ritual fails to accommodate itself to digital technology, it will die. Hence, his new apps for iPhones and iPods.
July 16, 2012 Senate Republicans filibustered the DISCLOSE Act, effectively killing the bill that would have forced independent groups to release the names of donors who contribute more than $10000 to a political campaign. At the same time, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is reportedly dumping $5 million into a Super PAC that supports Republican Eric Cantor. Why is a billionaire investing so much money into a Congressional race? Ed talks to Tom Perriello, Former Congressman from Virginia, now the President and CEO of The Center For American Progress Action Fund.
Congregation Shaarey Zedek Religious School Students perform the original musical “Miriam Poppins” The script for the musical, based on the music and story of the classic “Mary Poppins,” was adapted by Monica Finkelstein and the song lyrics were written by Cantor Meir Finkelstein. This is the fourth year that Shaarey Zedek has produced a “Hebrew School Musical”. The productions are generously funded by The Sidney J. & Melba Winer (z’l) Creative Arts for Children Fund. Includes the songs: Yasher Koach Sister Minyanettes (about fighting for the right to have women’s aliyot), A Spoonful of Sugar (adapted to tell of the fun of Jewish life and celebrations), and SuperChallahGiantLatkes (about delicious Jewish food)!
The Cantor’s Son (Dem Khazns Zundyl) Restored with New English Subtitles by The National Center for Jewish Film Available for DVD Purchase and Public Performance at jewishfilm.org USA, 1937, 90 minutes B&W, Yiddish with English subtitles Directed by Ilya Motyleff (& Sidney Goldin, uncredited) “May be the most exhilarating example yet exhumed of the once-thriving, completely global Yiddish cinema.” -The Boston Phoenix Mar 25, 2008 “More than being a pastoral romance or a glorified cantorial, The Cantor’s Son is an anti-Jazz Singer with Louis Freiman’s script designed to dramatize Oysher’s return to the fold.” -J. Hoberman in his book Bridge of LIght This Yiddish feature film musical drama marks the screen debut of singer and cantor Moishe Oysher (Overture to Glory and The Singing Blacksmith). Shot in Pennsylvania near the Pocono Mountains, the film features Oysher in the title role of a wayward youth who makes his way from his Polish shtetl to New York’s Lower East Side (the film includes rare glimpses of the Lower East Side and of 2nd Avenue Yiddish theater marquees of the period). While washing floors in a nightclub several years later he is “discovered” and becomes a well-known singer. Ultimately, Oysher’s character returns home to the Old Country and reunites with his parents and his childhood sweetheart. In his book on Yiddish cinema Bridge of Light, critic J. Hoberman calls The Cantor’s Son an “anti-Jazz Singer,” further remarking that the film’s story parallels …
Moishe Oysher: Music Born in 1907 in Bessarabia, Imperial Russia (Moldova) and died in 1958 in New York. Although he may have come from a family of cantors going back six generations, he seems to have been drawn to the stage and popular entertainment from an early age. Oysher joined a Canadian travelling Yiddish theatrical troupe in 1921 and moved to New York City in 1923. By 1932 he had started his own company, entertaining in the USA and South America. After returning to the USA from Buenos Aires in 1934, he had difficulty finding work in New York’s Yiddish Theater. When he was offered the opportunity to sing for the High Holy Days at the First American-Rumanian Synagogue in NYC’s Lower East Side, he accepted the position and became a cantorial sensation! Despite his great success as a cantor Moishe Oysher was ever the entertainer and became quite famous for his starring roles in three Yiddish films including, “The Cantor’s Son” (1936), “The Singing Blacksmith” (1938), and “Overture to Glory” (1940). He was also a successful recording artist. Moishe Oysher was able to combine his passion for the Chazzanut with his love of performance, creating a crowd-pleasing style that thrilled audiences in synagogues and theaters. His recordings represent the world of our fathers and grandfathers who appreciated Oysher’s rich voice and fiery style.