(z”l) 2010Aseret ha-Diberot, The Ten Commandments
Leonard Elliot grew up on Chicago’s South Side where, as a young child, he began performing on the piano and as a vocalist. At the age of 16, he and his older sister Sibyl won the Morris B. Sachs Amateur Hour with a piano duet. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism, he served in the army for fours years in Panama and Italy during World War II. After the war he returned to Chicago to pursue a career in advertising, working at the Leo Burnett Agency for some 18 years. At age 50, he left the business world and entered DePaul University’s music school, later following his teacher Pamela Kimmel to the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University to complete a BA in American Arts with a major in classical guitar. For the next 25 years he taught private guitar students and music appreciation classes throughout Chicago’s North Shore. With his wife Florence, he was among the co-founders in 1983 of Congregation Hakafa in Winnetka, Illinois, and he served as its music director for some 17 years. He passed away at the age of 89 in February, 2010.