Benjamin Siegel

Benjamin Siegel was brought to the United States from Poland by his parents as a very young child and grew up in New York City. Showing an early interest in musical performance, he joined a choir when he was only eight. It was at City College of New York that he was bitten by the “show biz” bug. Leaving CCNY to study voice at the American Theater Wing and then at the Sacred School of Music (under the auspices of the Hebrew Union College) he came under the influence of important Cantors of his day including Cantor David Kousevitsky, and Cantor Max Helfman.

By the time he was 20, Benjamin Siegel was a chazzan in Spring Valley, New York. Drafted into the Navy during WWII he was assigned to the Chaplain’s Office where he led services, organized the choir for High Holiday and Festival services, and toured the country performing concerts to raise funds for Navy Relief.

While Cantor at the Y.M.H.A. of Washington Heights in New York Benjamin Siegel explored the world of cabaret, appeared in a number of shows, and performed operatic solos. He sang as Cantor at Temple Israel in Great Neck, New York from 1950 until his retirement 35 years later, returning for the next six years to officiate at High Holiday services.

Cantor Siegel composed a Friday Evening Children’s Service (T’filot Shel Yeladim), a Friday Evening Chassidic Service, Ma Tovu, Thou Shalt Love the Lord, L’chu N’ran N’nah, O Come Let Us Sing, and many other liturgical compositions. He was honored for his educational and charitable contributions by the Zionist Organization of America, Yeshiva University, Israel Bonds, the United Jewish Appeal, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, amongst others.

He has had a distinguished career, performing in numerous concerts throughout the United States, Canada and Israel.

Music of this collection, courtesy of Cantor Benjamin Siegel.

Total: 19

Benjamin Siegel Sings Songs of Israel
Brachas Kohanim; Reay Nu Veonainu
Cantor Benjamin Siegal in Song and Prayer
Cantor Benjamin Siegel In Song and Prayer
Cantor Benjamin Siegel Sings Your Favorite Jewish ...
Eli Eli
Eli-Eli / Mein Yiddishe Mama
Folk Songs and Songs Folks Sing
Nobody Knows the Power of Prayer
R'tze (Favor Us); T'nia (Sabbath Service)
Roa Na B'enainu
Songs of the Baal Shem
The Two Sides of Benjamin Siegel
Traditional Prayers and Chants
Tsur Yisroel
Yehi Rotzon