A Cantor’s Head
July 31 - August 31
A wise Jew once opined, “You don’t leave synagogue humming the sermon.” It is sacred song that lifts, inspires, transports the soul, and carries the beating heart of tradition. Cantor Jacob
Ben-Zion Mendelson – or just “Jackie” – has been in the vanguard and at the epicenter of that evolving tradition since graduating from Hebrew Union College in 1970. As a cantor, a teacher and a performing artist, his Brooklyn-born chops, dynamism and humor have inculcated and inspired legions of cantors across the U.S. and world. But Jackie is no longer the cantor at his long-time home of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY. His absence on the bimah – Hebrew for stage – reveals multitudes about both the state and future of Jewish sacred music. Director Erik Greenberg Anjou (A Cantor’s Tale, The Klezmatics – On Holy Ground, Deli Man) had unparalleled access to his larger than life subject in this captivating, warts and all portrait.
2019. English. Documentary. 86 Minutes. Not rated.
Available July 31, 2020