2006 │ Esah ‘Einai

Cantor Stephen Freedman, a native of Milton, Massachusetts, is a hazzan, composer and accomplished folksinger. A student and protégé of Cantor Gregor Shelkan, he served congregations in Rhode Island, Florida and Massachusetts before assuming his present position in 2001 at Temple Sinai in Dresher, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb. Several of his congregational melodies appear in the recently published Zamru Lo: The Next Generation. His 1979 Holocaust work, Childhood Memories, for children’s choir and narrator, received critical acclaim from Anne Frank’s father Otto, who granted permission for excerpts from his daughter’s diary to be set to music. Esa Einai is one of three Psalm settings composed for use at memorial services.