Bloch, Charles

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BLOCH, CHARLES (Shelomo Yeshayahu ; 1916–), U.S. ḥazzan. Bloch was born in New York and studied ḥazzanut under Simon Raisen and music at the Brooklyn Conservatory. He also attended the Jewish Theological Seminary and St. Johns University where he graduated in law. After serving as ḥazzan for congregations in New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, in 1967 he became ḥazzan of Temple Anshei Chesed in Manhattan. Bloch made several recordings, including melodies which he composed, and appeared on American radio and television; he gave concerts throughout the United States and Israel.

[Akiva Zimmerman]