Brandon, Oheb (Oeb) Isaac

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BRANDON, OHEB (Oeb ) ISAAC (1830–1902), Dutch ḥazzan. Brandon was one of the best-known Sephardi ḥazzanim of Amsterdam, serving the congregation from 1861 to 1902. He wrote a guide for ḥazzanim which was probably partly a translation of the Hebrew guide, Seder Ḥazzanut, preserved in the community's archives. Brandon's work gave minutely detailed information about the melodies used on various occasions. It also dealt with local traditions such as the allocation of functions during services and included a chapter on the Portuguese phrases used for announcements in the synagogue. Brandon had considerable influence on his successors, especially Jacob *Blanes.