We are extremely fortunate to have as the Chazan associated with the Neimah Singers, Cantor Moshe Haschel of the St John’s Wood United Synagogue.
Moshe was born in Argentina and in 1969 emigrated with his family to Israel, where he a he acquired his Jewish and general education at some of the most distinguished Yeshivot. His love of music and talent for singing was distinctly evident at a very young age. He graduated from the Israeli Institute for Cantorial Art in Jerusalem where he studied with some of the most eminent teachers, including the famous Cantors Naftali Herstik and Moshe Stern, Conductor Eli Jaffe, Dr Daniel Ziff and Dan Hendrikson.
In 1985, while still a student, he accepted his first post as Chazan of the Great Synagogue “Ein Yaakov” in Givatayim soon after which he conducted services at the Green & Sea Point Hebrew Congregation in Cape Town, South Africa. In 1988 Moshe accepted an appointment at Finchley Synagogue, London, where he has made a great impression with the beauty, style and exciting nature of his rendition. Moshe’s voice is lirico spinto tenor of excellent quality. Critics have praised the naturally attractive timbre of his voice and his control of dynamics which are underpinned by his sincerity of expression. In January 1997 he became Chazan at the prestigious St John’s Wood Synagogue.
In addition to his synagogue responsibilities, Moshe is well known as a concert performer, having sung to great acclaim in England, Israel, Europe, the United States and Canada. He has appeared on radio and television and made several recordings including the latest CD of the St John’s Wood Choir known as the Neimah Singers.