The Music of Abraham Lopes Cardozo

Abraham Lopes Cardozo was born in Amsterdam, Holland, the great-grandson of the Chief Rabbi of the Sephardic Congregation and the son of Joseph Lopes Cardozo, musician, and leader of the boy's choir of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. Abraham read his first Haftarah at the age of seven in that same synagogue. He attended the Ets-Haim Seminary in Amsterdam, and became active in youth work and teaching.

In 1939, he was appointed by Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands to be the Rabbi of the Sephardic Congregation in Paramaribo, capital of Suriname, South America. In 1945, he joined the clergy of the historic Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Shearith Israel in New York City, founded in 1654, as Hazzan. He served the congregation for 50 years, and was a faculty member of the Yeshiva University Sephardic Studies Program, where he taught Sephardic hazzanut.

In 1959, Reverend Cardozo published, "Music of the Sephardim." In the early sixties, he participated in recording the melodies of the Synagogue which are available on phonograph recordings cassettes and CD's. His major work, "Sephardic Songs of Praise," was published in 1987. In 1991, Abraham Lopes Cardozo published another work, "Selected Sephardic Chants."

He is married to the former Irma Miriam Robles of Suriname. The Cardozos have two daughters, Deborah and Judith, and seven grandchildren.

Sephardic Songs of Praise

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CD's and books by Abraham Lopes Cardozo are available at:

Tara Publications
8 Mussia Fair Rd. Suite 1
Owing's Mills MD 21117
Tel. 1 800 829 2400

 

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