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Information Picture Question
Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 5/14/2014 6:07 PM
Family Surname: Marmorstein
Country: USA
Town: New York
Date of Image: 1920s
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This is a picture of Rabbi/Cantor Samuel Marmorstein who through the 1920s and early 30s served as a rabbi and cantor in New York and Massachusetts. I am trying to figure out if the style of his dress signifies anything and, in particular, if it might indicate whether he was orthodox, neologic or something else entirely. Thank you!

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5/15/2014 3:25 PM No Reform cantor or rabbi in that period would have worn that headgear--or, for that matter, even a yarmulke. Could have been Conservative or Orthodox.
5/19/2014 8:26 AM Even in the 1950s when I was growing up, orthodox cantors wore similar head coverings. If you google on the famous cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, tons of photos appear not only of him, but other cantors. At least one of Cantor Rosenblatt, who was orthodox, has a similar shape in white (for High Holidays).
I'm intrigued now about the different styles of head-coverings over the years! Thanks for bringing that to our attention!
Regards,
Madeleine Isenberg,
Beverly Hills, California
5/19/2014 8:26 AM Even in the 1950s when I was growing up, orthodox cantors wore similar head coverings. If you google on the famous cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, tons of photos appear not only of him, but other cantors. At least one of Cantor Rosenblatt, who was orthodox, has a similar shape in white (for High Holidays).
I'm intrigued now about the different styles of head-coverings over the years! Thanks for bringing that to our attention!
Regards,
Madeleine Isenberg,
Beverly Hills, California
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