Thousands of cantorial fans and fellow cantors payed tribute to Cantor Yaakov Motzen this week in a special gala concert, celebrating a distinguished cantorial career spanning 50 years and many continents.
As a 17 year old boy when he was appointed to his first cantorial position, even he could not imagine the road ahead.
What followed was a distinguished cantorial career spanning five decades in Toronto, Montreal and finally in Miami Beach, Florida.
A visibly emotional Motzen took to the stage this week in Tel Aviv, alongside many of his cantorial peers.
What followed was an extended repertoire of cantorial solos, duets and trio’s culminating in a masterful rendition of Motzen’s classic Harninu Goyim, composed in honor of his later brother who perished in the Lebanon War in 1982 and Mamele in honor of Motzen’s mother who was in attendance.