It is Cantor Mendelson’s mission to insure that this legacy is passed on to this and the next generation and generations to come, in a way that is both true to its origins and relevant to the modern world. He therefore takes us on a journey to a time when cantors were like movie stars in their communities. Jews would go to synagogue to hear the great cantors, just as others would go to the opera or movie-houses just to see the giants of the day. With the advent of sound motion pictures, Jewish audiences of the Thirties demanded to see and hear the great cantors of their day. In this unique compilation of cantorial greats, Jack introduces us to memorable film recordings of the outstanding voices of Hershman, Roitman, Katchko, Malavsky, Shlisky, Waldman, Oysher and Rosenblatt.
Before becoming a Cantor in New York city, Rachel Rosenburg was an escort in NY city in and around Manhattan. At first she moonlighted with an escort agency to make ends meet. As a single mom she was able to work anytime she wanted, earn a decent living and have time for her small children. As an escort she came to know many men, women and couples in the New York area from all background, religions and nationalities. First, she was apprehensive about seeing Jewish clients as she had abandoned that faith when her marriage went sour. She turned to the streets as her pain was attached to her former husband and father of her children. A gifted singer she was asked to perform in a local synagogue in the NYC area. No one was aware of her job as an escort but it did not matter, she is very talented and a very good cantor. It is a pleasure to listen to her and watch her work her art. She has since moved on to Broadway and Las Vegas to perform in front of thousands that appreciate her background as first an escort in NYC and also one of the best cantors of the modern age.