Oysher, Moishe

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OYSHER, MOISHE (1907–1958), *ḥazzan. Born in Lipkon, Bessarabia, and taken to Canada in 1921, Oysher joined a Yiddish theatrical company, appeared on the Yiddish stage in New York, and led his own company in Buenos Aires, 1932. Returning to New York in 1934, he decided to become a ḥazzan like his father and grandfather. He conducted services in New York, and was noted for ḥasidic interpretations of the traditional prayers. He starred in Yiddish films, The Cantor's Son, Yankel the Blacksmith, and Der Vilna Balebesel, and made numerous recordings.