Cantor Bob Cohen

Articles about Bob

Over the years, many articles have been written about (& by) Bob Cohen. Here is a small sample of some of them.

Music, song drive cantors' work

Vocal leader helps guide services

By Marianne Neifeld • For the Poughkeepsie Journal • July 29, 2008

KINGSTON - Every Friday night and Saturday morning, as congregants are seated in preparation for Sabbath services at Temple Emanuel, the chapel comes alive with the rich, baritone voice of Cantor Robert Cohen as he leads the congregation in songs of prayer and worship.

In fact, in July, Cohen is performing solo while the temple's rabbi, Yael Romer, who normally leads with him, is on sabbatical. Assuming responsibility for the congregation during the rabbi's absence is one of several job functions for this cantor.

A cantor, known as "hazzan" or "chazzan" in Hebrew, is the person who leads the Jewish congregation in prayer through song, melodies and chanting. Often, a cantor conducts services along with a rabbi.

But it is the cantor who "brings more versatility to the service," Romer said. "So much of our tradition is lifted up on angel wings through music."

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And Music Shall Help Set Him Free

April 9, 1995, The New York Times


It's no wonder that Bob Cohen looked haggard after racing through his schedule on a recent weekend.

First, there had been a Sabbath service on Friday night at a synagogue in Kingston, where he played the organ. The next afternoon, he played 50 miles away at a Roman Catholic church in Castleton-on-Hudson. On Sunday, he played the organ again at two more Masses before rushing off to Albany for a Pentecostal service. And then, Monday evening, he was on stage at the Hudson Middle School, rehearsing his role as Tevye in a community production of "Fiddler on the Roof."

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