Rabinovicz, Haim ben Zion

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RABINOVICZ, HAIM BEN ZION (1888–1976), ḥazzan. Rabinovicz was born in Kiev to a family of Tomashover ḥasidim. As a child he sang at the synagogue of the Tomashover rebbe. In 1917 he moved to Odessa and studied in the conservatory. When Pinḥas Minkovsky moved to the United States, Rabinovicz took his place in the Brody Synagogue in Odessa. In 1927 he moved to Antwerp and was appointed chief cantor at the "Shomre Hadass" Synagogue there. In 1951 he immigrated to Israel. He refused to perform in concerts and only in his old age did he agree to make recordings of some portions of the prayer service that attest to his talents.

[Akiva Zimmerman]