Biographies

Read the biographies and discover the works of the people involved with Jewish music.

Franck, Jules (1858-1941)

Jules Franck is born in the French town Nancy in 1858. A few years later, his family settles in Paris (1). In January 1873, Jules Franck sings with his brothers Gustave and Isaac in the choir of (…)
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Frankel, Joseph (Lt) (1885-1953)

Joseph Frankel was born in Kiev, Russia (now Ukraine). Kiev conservatory trained bandmaster and a band leader in the Tzarist army, he toured the US in 1904 leading the 14th Regiment Military (…)
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Fried, Avraham (1959)

Avraham Shabtaï HaCohen Friedman, also known as d’Avraham Fried (born March 22nd 1959 in New York) is an American Jewish singer with an international recognition in the chassidic circle. He belongs (…)
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Gerovitch, Eliezer (1844-1914)

Born in Kitaigorod, in the province of Kiev, in Russia, in 1844, Eliezer Mordechai ben Yitschak Gerowitsch gets a religious education in various Yeshivoth (institutions that provide a thorough (…)
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Gerro, Henri (vers 1919-1980)

Henri Gerro (Roizman) was born on August 31, 1919 in Rovno (Volhynia Province), nowadays in Ukraine. He began performing on the Polish stage at the age of 12. After the war, he emigrated to Paris (…) Read more

Goldberg, Lea (1911 - 1970)

Poetess, author of books in prose for children and grown-ups, playwright, translator and specialist of literature, Lea (Leah) Goldberg is a monument of Israeli literature. Her texts inspired many (…)
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Gorby, Sarah (around 1900-1980)

Sarah Gorby (her real name was Gorbevitsh) is born around the turn of the century in Kishinev, which then belonged to Tsarist Russia. She was the descendant of a mainly Russian-speaking family of (…) Read more

Hahn, Reynaldo (1874-1947)

Born in Caracas of a Catholic Venezuelan mother and a Jewish German father, Reynaldo Hahn is the yougest child in a family of nine children, who settled in Paris in 1878. At the age of 11, (…)
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Halali, Salim (1920-2005)

Salim Halali, whose real name is Simon Halali, is a singer-songwriter of oriental music, born July 30, 1920 in Annaba, Algeria. Born into a Jewish family from Souk Ahras, he grew up with his 9 (…)
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Halévy, Jacques François Fromental Élie (1799-1862)

It is in the synagogue that music composers like Fromental Halévy (1799-1862), Charles Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) and Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) received their first musical education. Elie (…)
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Gerro, Henri (vers 1919-1980)

Henri Gerro (Roizman) was born on August 31, 1919 in Rovno (Volhynia Province), nowadays in Ukraine. He began performing on the Polish stage at (…)

Inger, Richard (about 1915-1980)

Richard Inger was born on January 2, 1915 in Germany. He studied singing in Vienna. In 1942, he was deported to a concentration camp and owed (…)