On June 14th, Svetlana Kundish was invested as a cantor by Cantor Professor Eliyahu Schleifer. She was presented to him by the new director of Abraham Geiger College’s cantorial program, Cantor Isidoro Abramowicz. The investiture took place at Berlin’s Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue. Among the many guests of honor who wished the new cantor well were EUPJ Chairman Sonja Güntner and Abraham Lehrer, Vice President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. Born in Ukraine and later moving to Israel and Austria, Kundish performs a variety of Jewish music. “A circle has closed”, she says. “Just like my great-grandfather, I stand today on a bimah and lead prayers in the synagogue, and like my grandparents, I sing Yiddish songs.” The soprano serves as cantor of the Jewish Community of Braunschweig, thus being the woman pioneer in her profession in the German state of Lower Saxony.
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