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High Holiday Screening: A Cantor's Head

Screening Information

Toronto Premiere

Film Details

Country United States
Year 2019
Running Time 87 MIN
Language English
Director Erik Greenberg Anjou

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To honour the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, TJFF is proud to offer a special screening perfect for this time of year.


In this standalone sequel to A Cantor’s Tale, which wowed TJFF audiences in 2005, filmmaker Erik Greenberg Anjou follows up with Cantor Jacob ‘Jack’ Mendelson. Dubbed the “Michael Jordan of Hazzanut”, Cantor Mendelson is suddenly let go by the Temple where he has served for 28 years. As he prepares for his final Yom Kippur services, he ponders the decline of traditional Jewish sacred music amidst growing preferences for younger cantors with more modern and engaging liturgical styles. Interviews with Mendelson and his proteges explore the magic of this centuries-old art form and what its loss represents.

featuring Filmmaker Erik Greenberg Anjou and Cantor Jacob Mendelson, moderated by TJFF Past-Chair/Darchei Noam Cantorial Soloist Phyllis Angel Greenberg
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Presentation Details

Available to view from Tuesday September 22nd to Thursday September 24th (until 11:59pm)
Ticket Price $15
All tickets include a $3 donation in support of Mazon Canada and Stop Community Centre