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World-renowned and highly respected cantor Joseph Malovany has dazzled audiences with his musical talents for nearly his entire life, despite his humble beginnings in Tel Aviv. In fact, his musical talents were so exceptional that his mother sold her wedding ring and used that money to purchase a piano for him so he could hone his skills – a gamble that certainly paid off.
B’nai B’rith CEO Dan Mariaschin speaks with Malovany about his lifetime of achievements as a cantor, tenor soloist and distinguished representative of world Jewry. Malovany served as Cantor of New York’s Fifth Avenue Synagogue for from 1973 until his retirement, recently attaining the title of Cantor Emeritus.
Aside from being a cantor, Malovany has held numerous distinguished academic positions, like the post of Distinguished Professor of Liturgical Music at Yeshiva University; received countless prestigious awards, including receiving the Cross of Merit – Commander of the Legion of Honor from Poland’s President; taught his craft to countless students; and performed in front of world leaders like Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as well as audiences around the globe from Warsaw to Vilnius to Paris to New York and beyond. He also holds honorary degrees from Yeshiva and Tel Aviv universities.
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