Like many other cantors of his day, Cantor Joseph Schwartzman began his singing career as a young child in Russia. By the age of 17 he was already officiating High Holy Day services at his local synagogue. He began his American career in Hartford Connecticut, but later worked at synagogues in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
In 1940 he moved to Atlanta, GA to serve as Cantor at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue where he created the Ahavath Achim Synagogue Choir for men and women in 1956.
The JSA is pleased to present three albums of Cantor Joseph Schwartzman’s music that were donated to us by the Cantor’s three daughters, Anita, Elaine and Sivia. These original family recordings were made in 1961, except for one track, Shevah Brochot, which was recorded on June 3, 1956 at a wedding.
Music in this collection courtesy of Anita Karnibad.