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Jonathan Angress

Temple Beth Torah Sha’aray Tzedek
Tamarac, Florida
Age: 27
Nominated by: Himself
Song: “Chad Gadya,” Moishe Oysher

When I was 6 years old I began playing the violin because I saw the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” My experience with the violin eventually led to me singing in my synagogue’s choir, which eventually led to me becoming a cantor. Jewish music is my way of combining the best of both the Jewish world and the professional music world. Becoming a cantor means I can Jewishly inspire my community through music every day. —_ Jonathan Angress_

INFLUENCES: My musical influences range from the Golden Age hazanim, such as Moishe Oysher, Dovid Roitman and the Koussevitskys. Additionally, I am influenced by Shlomo Carlebach and anything upbeat.

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