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A South County cantor is traveling this weekend to the German town where her late father was rabbi to sing at a ceremony in his honor. In a far cry from the day 60 years ago when her father escaped the Nazi regime with the help of a sympathetic SS chief, Shula Kalir-Merton will offer liturgical music and contemporary Israeli songs Tuesday at an exhibit commemorating 300 years of Jewish history in the region.
January 25, 1991 | MICHAEL ARKUSH
One mixes Yiddish humor with traditional cantorial music. The other goes Broadway. Together, Herschel and Judy Fox offer an evening of comedy and song stretching across cultures and generations. On Sunday, they perform in concert at Valley Beth Shalom synagogue in Encino. Herschel Fox has been the temple's cantor for 10 years; his wife has served in the same capacity for nine years at the Temple for the Performing Arts in Westwood. They met in 1979.
October 3, 1992
Barry M. Caplan, cantor and education director for Kehillat Ma'arav Synagogue in Santa Monica and former cantor at Temple Beth Ami in Reseda, has died at UCLA Medical Center. He was 39. A West Hills resident, Caplan died Monday from injuries sustained in a car accident on his way to Rosh Hashanah services, according to temple representatives. Born in North Hollywood, Caplan attended religious school at Temple Beth Kodesh in West Hills.
January 13, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
With House Speaker John A. Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor on separate overseas trips, Democrats are taking shots in their absence.   A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee site -- -- pounces on the GOP leaders for their globetrotting during congressional recess, when Democrats say they ought be at work on a tax cut plan. Of course, globetrotting during congressional recess is a time-honored, bipartisan tradition, so the dig does lose some of its punch.
February 1, 1997 | GENA PASILLAS
Gloria Lenhoff will be the guest cantor during the 8 p.m. Shabbat service Friday at Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach. Lenhoff, who sings in 23 languages, was born with Williams Syndrome, which causes mild to moderate retardation. The temple is at 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Information: (714) 548-6900. CatholicMen Fellowships, with members from greater Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire, will host its third annual "Team Up '97" Super Saturday Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
July 16, 1996 | Grahame L. Jones
Eight. That's how many times those who turned to Univision, the Spanish-language network, to watch the Major League Soccer and FIFA all-star games at Giants Stadium on Sunday heard the word. It's not something they could have missed. It's an unmistakable sound, a cry from the heart, says the man who delivered it. "Gooooooooooooal!" Just how many vowels the word contains is uncertain. It depends on the nature of the goal, and the state of Andres Cantor's lungs.
March 5, 1992
The Iris Cantor Chair in Breast Imaging has been established at the UCLA School of Medicine with an endowment of $700,000. The Cantor Chair will be funded by a gift of $350,000 from the Iris and Gerald Cantor Foundation in addition to matching funds from the school's department of radiological sciences. The chair was established to promote excellence in clinical research and education focusing on breast imaging.
October 1, 1991
Allan Michelson, retired cantor of Temple Adat Ari El in North Hollywood who sang in several films, has died at a Woodland Hills hospital. He was 71. A resident of Encino, Michelson died Sunday of complications of recent surgery, according to mortuary officials. Born in Liepaja, Latvia, Michelson followed his father in becoming a cantor and sang throughout Latvia, Germany, Sweden and Poland. He came to the United States shortly before the beginning of World War II and served in the U.S.
May 14, 1988 | From Times wire services
A proposal to admit qualified women to the professional organization of Conservative Jewish cantors has been rejected. After five hours of debate at its 41st annual convention in Kiamesha Lake, N.Y., the Cantors Assembly voted 97-95 against admitting women graduates of the Jewish Theological Seminary's Cantors Institute. The seminary has been certifying women cantors since last year, and two women cantors who are serving congregations in New Jersey were present at the convention.
May 11, 1991
After several frustrating years of trying to break the male-only barrier, 14 women were inducted into Conservative Judaism's Cantors Assembly during the international body's annual convention this week in Los Angeles. Conservative Judaism, which has often taken middle positions between liberal Reform Jews and the strictly conservative Orthodox, ordained its first woman rabbi in 1985. Reform Judaism already had women cantors and rabbis; Orthodoxy has remained solidly against any change.
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