Cantor was a star for more than two generations, leading bond drives during two world wars and working tirelessly for Zionism.
Shiela had come to us in 1993 wanting to know if it was OK for her to start a fan club,'' said Cantor's grandson, Brian Gari, whose mother, Janet, was one of five daughters of Eddie and Ida Cantor.
Michelle took over leadership of the society in 1998, and found there were plenty of younger people out there, watching those old black-and-white movie and musical classics on TV and wanting to keep alive the legacy and memory of entertainers like Eddie Cantor.
Founded in 2003 by Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky and Charlie Bernhaut, Cantors World is dedicated to reviving interest worldwide in traditional cantorial music.
For the first time, celebrated liturgical virtuoso Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot will perform at New York's Metropolitan Opera.
The celebrated Cantor Helfgot has been mesmerizing capacity audiences in concert halls around the world with his hauntingly uplifting voice for 10 years.
The rabbis are the interpreters of Jewish law; cantors are the interpreters of the liturgy and the music.
Traditionally, since Old Testament days when the chanting became part of the Jewish religious ceremony, cantors have learned the art from their elders.
Along with singing traditional Orthodox prayers and hymns, the cantors will perform some lighter fare, including Yiddish songs with lyrics that poke fun at cantors, Fox said.
Herschel Fox, cantor at the Ventura Boulevard synagogue, said the four have mastered a musical art form that is unique to the religious and cultural heritage of the Jewish faith, and incorporates a great deal of improvisation and vocal flourishes.