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Cantor Bernard Lowe, Emeritus
Cantor Bernard Lowe was born and raised in South Africa. From an early age, he participated in the life of the local Orthodox Synagogue and received intensive Jewish education, which included a thorough training in Jewish and cantorial music. He enrolled at the Royal College of Music in London in 1968 and spent his post-graduate years at the London Opera Center and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He spent a year studying and teaching at the renowned music school at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. After a period of intense study with Rabbi Ben Isaacson, himself a student of the great Cantor Israel Alter, Cantor Lowe was invited in 1980 to become Cantor at the largest Reform Temple in South Africa, Johannesburg’s Temple Emmanuel, where he served for five years. In 1985, he immigrated to the United States and took a position as successor to the late and revered Cantor Sol Sanders at Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas. Following that, Cantor Lowe, along with his wife Callie and daughters Hedi and Jackie, moved to Philadelphia and to Adath Israel where he served as Cantor from 1992 to 2017.