Mizmor Shir – Cantor Eleazer Schulman

Cantor Eleazer Schulman sings Mizmor Shir (L. Lewandowski) at KAJ in 1985.

He was accompanied by Seymour Silbermintz on the piano.

Cantor Eleazer Schulman, American born cantor with the traditional European style of chazzanut, son of Rabbi and Mrs. Leib Schulman resided in Newark, New Jersey. 

Cantor Schulman received his English and Hebrew Training in that city. He later attended the Yeshiva in Newark, and studied at The Newark Conservatory of Music, from which he graduated with a professional Musicians degree.

Cantor Schulman began his career at age 17 as the cantor in the Russian Shul in Newark, New Jersey.

Cantor Schulman attended the Grace Moore School of Opera prior to entering the armed service. While stationed in Italy with the Special Services, he entertained the soldiers in hospitals and rest centers with a repertoire of Opera and English songs. He also officiated Friday evening services in the main Synagogue in Tunis for hundreds of Jewish Army and Navy personnel from the United States, England, Australia, Canada and France. 

Cantor Schulman has the Distinction of having conducted the first Rosh Hashanah service in Italy soon after the and later officiated the first Shabbat service in Germany with the 7th Army with General “Ike” Eisenhower in attendance. Cantor Schulman was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Five Battle Stars, and three Invasion arrows.

He served in the European, African, Middle Eastern campaign, the Rhineland campaign in southern Italy and in the south of France.

Cantor married his Hilda in Newark in 1946. Hilda is the daughter of the later great Cantor Leibel Trainer.

Upon leaving the army, Cantor Schulman he resumed as the cantor of Congregation Anshe Russia in Newark. Later he became affiliated with the Avenue N Jewish Center where he served for 10 years. In 1959, Cantor Schulman Became the Great Neck Synagogue cantor.

Cantor Schulman concertized at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Israel. He recorded albums of Chazonus, Israeli and Yiddish, and a complete Slichos service album. These albums are featured in France, England and Israel where they are heard on Radio Kol Yisroel. He performed for Israel Bonds, Jewish National Fund, Furtherance of Jewish Education, Mizrachi, many prominent Yeshivas and organizations.

Cantor Schulman was Vice-President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Ministers Cantors Association and was president of the Fellowship Guild, a fraternal charitable organization.

His beautiful lyric tenor voice and inspirational prayers elevated generations of congregants and his melodies remain a staple of their spiritual lives. He formed an adult choir and produced many successful concerts in the Great Neck Synagogue. He performed at thousands of weddings throughout his career. He studied opera with renowned music professors and was a protégé of Grace Moore, a famous Metropolitan Opera star.

Cantor Eleazer Schulman passed away on April 9, 2005. He was a Cantor of the Great Neck Synagogue for 36 years.

He is survived by his wife, Hilda; and three children, Debra (Barnett) Brickner, Garry (Debbie) and Dr. Larrry; and eleven grandchildren.

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