Kingston professionals hit right note

October 7, 2010

Kingston Synagogue's decision to bring in professional chazanim over the High Holy Days has been rewarded with significantly increased attendances.

Three hundred people were at a midnight selichot service with renowned American cantor Moshe Schulhof. To avoid impacting on shul funds, the event was sponsored by anonymous donors.

The community then enlisted Jerusalem-born, London-based cantor Zvi Lider to lead the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. A shul representative said some members were moved to tears by "the experience of hearing the services tunefully and meaningfully intoned by a 'zogger chazan' [interpretative cantor] – a rare treat for a congregation in south-west London in 2010." His sentiments were echoed by congregants' post-festival entries on Facebook.

Kingston has now established a fund to support regular invitations to talented cantors.

    Last updated: 5:15pm, October 7 2010