Mon Sep 14 2020


11:00 am



Kol Isha: The Pioneering Women Cantors 1923-1975, with Henry Sapoznik

Lecture 18 in Josh Horowitz’ series, The Promiscuous World of Jewish Music

DATE: Monday, September 14
TIME: 11am California/ 2pm New York/ 7pm UK/ 8pm most of Europe

The first woman ordained as a cantor happened in 1975, but the first women to professionally sing the traditional synagogue liturgy publicly began more than a half-century before. Denied a pulpit, pioneering women khazntes — Madame Sophie Kurtzer, Freydele Oysher, Sheindele di Khaznte, Goldye May Steiner and Bryna Zuckerberg — created through radio, theater and commercial recordings, a consciousness in the Jewish world about women as the Sheliakh Tzibur/ Messenger of the People, a reality abundantly present today. Join Henry Sapoznik as he shares rare period recordings of these women cantors and discusses their lasting importance and enduring artistic accomplishments. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 967 8901 9038
Password: 156230

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