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European Cantors Association (ECA)
Director Alex Klein

Bringing together all who love Jewish liturgical music and the power it brings to prayer

The European Cantors Association (ECA) is an independent organisation
established in the United Kingdom in 2012. It is a framework for cantors, prayer leaders and interested lay people across the spectrum of Jewish worship, to engage in dialogue, training and profile-raising to ensure that the beautiful and unique music of Jewish prayer, continues to enhance synagogue services for generations to come. ECA’s work is endorsed by several distinguished rabbis and cantors and recognises best practice wherever it exists.

ECA champions the traditional voice and role of the cantor, and more generally supports and encourages the preservation and practice of traditional Jewish synagogue music.   We hold dear much of the music and service style that underpinned Anglo-Jewish tradition for generations, but which is in serious jeopardy now through poor communication of tradition and lack of commitment of proper resource.

ECA partners with several international organisations to create programmes that are relevant to cantors of today and those they work closely with. ECA presented a Zoom series in Covid 2021 and 2022, The Voice of the Cantor (VOC) tackling some of the burning issues in the cantorial world today. ECA’s Academic Wing presents International Conferences on the music of Jewish prayer in partnership with universities around the world.

ECA arranges European Cantors Conventions along orthodox lines in the UK and European cities (the latest in Hannover in November 2023) that are recognised for providing deep learning and generous sharing in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Sessions deal with what is most relevant to the cantor and prayer leader of today. Teachers and presenters are chosen for their experience and expertise and are of the highest calibre. Delegates are able to secure professional feedback. Daily services are held, shacharit, minchah and maariv. Shabbat Choral and cantorial services are arranged with local communities. All food served is of course kosher. Shabbat services as well as concerts are open to the public who share the love of synagogue music past, present and future. 

All who are interested in the music of the synagogue and the role and art of the cantor or prayer leader are welcome to join the European Cantors Association and attend its activities.  

ECA Membership is free. To join download the membership form

Donations are welcome to support ECA scholarship programme
To make a donation, Transfer to the ECA Bank: 
Sort code 402014, Account name:  European Cantors Association
Account number 91408429 (International Bank Account Number GB60MIDL40201491408429)

Executive Committee

Alex Klein ECA co-Founder and Director
Geraldine Auerbach MBE ECA Co-Founder
Adam Caplan Treasurer
Russell Grossman
Barbara Rosenberg

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How you can help: If you believe in these activities, please consider making a bequest to the or the 'Julian Klein Memorial Scholarship Fund' via the European Cantors Association.

Page Last Updated 10 January 2024