Cantor was born on June 6, 1963, into an affluent family in the West End of Richmond, a neighborhood with two Jewish country clubs and two delis.
It was my parents' choice to send me to a private school, and I think it made me realize who I am and allowed me to identify that much more with the Jewish faith," Cantor says in his buttery soft Southern accent.
Learning to play the violin at PS 133 in New York City while attending Hebrew school, Stein took the first stop in his journey to becoming a cantor
- the reciter and chanter-singer of Jewish liturgy in a synagogue.
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She had never even heard of Cantor until she was about 18, sitting home watching the American Movie Classics channel on TV.
They were showing a montage of Eddie Cantor films, and I couldn't believe I had never heard of this incredibly talented man,'' Malik said Monday from the den of her Sherman Oaks home - headquarters for the 220-member international Eddie Cantor Appreciation Society.
With his spellbinding voice and awesome talent, Cantor Helfgot continues to lead the way in today's revival of liturgical music," said Cantors World co-founder Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky.
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The lineup is amazing, from contemporary to Alberto Mizrahi, who is one of the greatest cantors of this generation,'' said Cantor Caren Glasser of Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills.
Taubman, his band and cantor Ira Bigeleisen lead the energetic monthly service that consistently attracts an estimated 800 to 1,000 people to the Conservative synagogue.
In addition to van Leeuwen, performers from the San Fernando Valley include Cantor
Ron Li-Paz and the choir from Valley Outreach Synagogue; Cantor
Sharone Rosen and the choir from Temple Beth Torah; Cantor
Michael Stein from Temple Aliyah; Tova Morcos-Kliger, the musical director at Temple Kol Tikvah; Dahlia Morcos; Shira Fox and the adult and youth choirs from Temple Ramat Zion.
Susan Caro, Ferial Masry and Sonja Brown, from left, will discuss the role of women in their religion at a multifaith panel discussion set for Sunday.
The rabbis are the interpreters of Jewish law; cantors
are the interpreters of the liturgy and the music.
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.