One of the largest synagogues in the world is the Portuguese Synagogue
It survived World War II intact and worshippers and visitors alike can enjoy the beautiful renovated interior. Most remarkable are the brass chandeliers containing the light of 1,000
A fine covering of sand on the floor is reminiscent of the Caribbean Sephardic synagogues such as Mikve Israel in Curacao; Shaare Shalom Synagogue in Kingston, Jamaica; St. Thomas Synagogue, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; and Tzedek v
In later years, the synagogue has served for many community functions which have included musical concerts. The rich tapestry of the Sephardic heritage and music, both liturgical and of the everyday, provides a welcome match of threads co
One of the best known of these concerts was held in 2003 and entitled “Cantors, A Faith in Song”
Due to the Internet, one can now research and hear these three cantors who each have their own web site and whose cantorial music can be found in places such as the FAU Judaica Archives and the Miliken Archives.
In regard to Israeli Cantor Naftali Herstik
And the third, is Greek-born Cantor Alberto Mizrahi
Other musical interludes, in the Portuguese Synagogue are a wonderful concert of baroque Jewish music
It is well-worth researching these links and others to further exploration of Sephardic synagogues, music and culture and also links to cantorial connections in your family.