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Chazan Yitzchak Rafael Lerman
In June 2017 Chaim Lerman, son of Chazan Y. R. Lerman, wrote ...
Hachazan Yitzchak Rafael Lerman ZTKLLH.H, was born in the old city of
Jerusalem into a chassidic family of chazonim - his father was a baal tefilah and
his cousins were chazonim. His family was rabbinical and he
was a 5th generation sabra yerushalmi.
At a young age my Abba was in the choir of Rav Chazan Shlomo Zalman [Shirat Yisrael]
and often sang solo, and was soprano and often gave concerts around Israel.
My Abba learned chazanut under the direction of Chazan Yitzchak Mann. Chazan Mann was chazan
of the main shul in Haifa. My Abba became chief chazan of the main
shul in Herzliah and also became chazan sheini to Chazan Leibel Glanz and
davened in the main shul in Tel Aviv called Tiferet Zvi .
In 1964 a few
weeks before Rosh Hashana my Abba was brought out to South Africa by Chazan
Eliyahu Greenblatt ,and in South Africa my Abba davened in various shuls
like Germiston shul and other shuls as well. My Abba was the chazan at
the Dorrnfontein shul [Lions shul ] for three years and in 1969 became the
chazan of Glenhazel Hebrew Congregation. My Abba was there for 30
My Abba was a fine chazan and had an excellant voice and was well
known. He was a baker as well and a bar-mitzvah teacher. My Abba got married
in 1966 at the Lions shul and famous chazonim like Shlomo Mandel were under
My Abba was nifter 11 years ago [i.e. in 2006] and is buried on Har Hamenuchot in