Cantor Jacob Hohenemser. A Life for Jewish Music

Bilingual edition: English and German | Ed. by the Jewish Museum Hohenems | Hohenems 2010 | € 15,-

A rediscovered jewel of synagogue music: Cantor Jacob Hohenems in vintage recordings. 75 years ago, in 1936 a young cantor stepped up in front of the congregation in the synagogue of Munich for the first time: Jacob Hohenemser would be the last cantor in Munich’s synagogue not much later, when it was destroyed already in June 1938.
Born in Haigerloch in 1911 he came from a Hohenems family that settled in Württemberg in the early 19th century. In 1939, after being deported to Dachau in the fall of 1938 and released a few months later, Hohenemser escaped to the US. There he served the congregation Temple Emanu-El in Providence, Rhode Island till 1964, when his unexpected death ended his career.
Soon after his devoted friends published a record with precious recordings that preserved his most beautiful voice, a jewel for all friends of cantorial music.
This Audio-CD includes the recordings of the record “The Cantor. Jacob Hohenemser”, produced by the congregation “Temple Emanu-El” (Rhode Island, Provicende) – with music composed by Louis Lewandowski, Leon Kornitzer, Emanuel Kirschner, Zavel Zilberts, Julius Chajes, and others.

The booklet with a text by Hannes Sulzenbacher introduces into life and work of Jacob Hohenemser, a life for Jewish music.