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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A letter from Edward G. Robinson

Edward G. Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg; December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was a Romanian-born American actor. A popular star during Hollywood's Golden Age, he is best remembered for his roles as gangsters, such as Rico in his star-making film Little Caesar and as Rocco in Key Largo. Other memorable roles include Barton Keyes in the film noir Double Indemnity, and as Dathan in The Ten Commandments. Robinson was selected for an Honorary Academy Award for his work in the film industry, which was posthumously awarded two months after the actor's death in 1973. He was included in the American Film Institute's list of the 25 greatest male stars in American cinema.  [from Wikipedia]

In March 1944, my father visited Edward Robinson at his home in Beverly Hills, CA.  He was invited to sing at Robinson's synagogue during his tour of California and received one of the famous cigars which was Robinson's "trademark".  This letter was received after the visit.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Live - High Holiday Kol Nidre Service

The following Kol Nidre Service selections were recorded from the original 1/2" reels. The live davening is from the Chicago Loop Synagogue, October 13, 1967.  Where possible, background hissing and noises were removed.

The compositions and melodic piyutim (poetry) that my father uses in this Kol Nidre Service represent his interpretations of the liturgy.

As the Shaliach Tzibbur (intermediary), his main concern was that the congregation feel the sanctity of the day.

Kol Nidrei
Limaan Yirbu
Hatzi Kaddish
Vaychulu Hashomayim
Hanshomo Loch
Ki Hinei Kachomer
Shema Koleinu
Ma Nomar L'fonecha - Atah Yodeah
Adon Olam