Yaakov Rose – Chazonus.com
Cantor Moshe Shavit was born in 1930 in Mannheim, Germany to a family with Galician roots and a rich cantorial history.
At the age of 4, his family emigrated to Israel and settled in Haifa, Israel.
From early childhood, Moshe sang in the choir of the Great Synagogue of Haifa under the baton of Moshe Bik, Yosef Rambam and Yitzchak Heilman with whom he he studied the art of cantorial music.
He served for many years as the cantor of Carmia Synagogue in Haifa, a synagogue that was known for it’s cantors.
Shavit served as a cantor in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Cincinnati. He possessed a pleasant lyrical tenor voice and was proficient in the art of the cantorial.
He was known as a pleasant person and was loved by his cantorial peers.
In his later years he suffered from a terrible illness which took his life.
Two months before his passing, he was interviewed on Kol Israel Radio about his career as a cantor.
He was interred in the Krayot cemetery next to Kibbutz Afek on Friday the 12th of Adar 5760, 18th of February 2000.