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Cantor DeBruin's 50th Anniversary

On September 10, 2000, Temple Beth El saluted Cantor Gerald DeBruin with a dinner in honor of his 50 years as Cantor of Temple Beth El. It was an evening of celebration marked with speeches, toasts, and musical selections by other cantors of the Buffalo area.


Thanks to ...

Committee Chair: Ellen Bernstein

Master of Ceremonies: Rich Newburg

Photographer: William Fosbury


Cantor Barbara Ostfeld, Temple Beth Am
Cantor Mark Spindler, Temple Shaarey Zedek
Cantor Mark Horowitz, Bureau of Jewish Education
Cantorial Soloist Susan Wehle, Temple Sinai
Accompanist: Leah Peer

                                         Committee Members

Dr. Mark & Molly Ballow
Alan Bernstein
Nancy Burstein
Roberta DeBruin
Muriel Goodman
Beverley Hoffman
Ronald & Sandra Isaacs
Leon Komm
Sharon Kostiner
Tinka Lendner
Hermine Levine
Evelyn Levitt
Howard Lipman
Rabbi Akiba Lubow
Marian Lustig
Ilene Scheib
Sally Scheib
Alan Schwartz
Rheda Sirkin
Shirlee Stromberg-Gluckstein
Dr. Norman & Hannah Weinberg
Julie Van Vliet

Cantor Gerald DeBruin (April 28, 1922 - June 25, 2015) was born in London, England, and came to Buffalo as a child and grew up in Temple Beth El, a predecessor of Temple Beth Tzedek. In 1945, he joined the TBE choir, and was appointed Cantor in 1950. His cantorial training was with composer/arranger and Temple Choir Director Samuel Luskin. In over 60 years of service to Temple Beth El and Temple Beth Tzedek, Cantor DeBruin helped prepare over 1200 b'nai mitzvah students, including many adults. He appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Buffalo Civic Orchestras, in many broadcast performances, and before meetings of many religious and social organizations. Cantor DeBruin was a member of the Executive Committee of the Cantors' Assembly of America, co-chairing the Convention Management Committee for many years. Cantor DeBruin received an honorary Doctorate in Jewish Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in January, 2002. Cantor DeBruin and his wife, Belle, are the parents of Larry DeBruin, Jeffrey DeBruin, and Cheryl Wisniewski, and the grandparents of four.

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