Charlie Bernhaut presents: Yossele’s Word

Hosted by the Jewish American Studies and Modern Languages & Literatures Departments

Columbia Records

Please join us to learn about the life and music of Josef "Yossele" Rosenblatt (May 9, 1882 - June 19, 1933), the Ukranian-born chazzan (cantor) and composer often regarded as the greatest cantor of his time. We will explore Cantor Rosenblatt’s life vis-à-vis the historical context of sound recordings. Original 78 RPM recordings will be played on a 1905 RCA Victrola (cylinder records will also be demonstrated, played on a 1902 gramophone). We will also screen a clip of Yossele singing in the first film “talkie,” The Jazz Singer.

Charlie Bernhaut has been an avid collector of phonographs for over fifty years, and of original recordings of Yossele’s music. Since 1977 he has broadcast Jewish music, drawing from his 14,000+ album collection. His weekly broadcast, “Two Hours of Jewish Soul Music,” can be heard via

 Thursday, October 8th 4-5:30 PM

Schmitt Hall Room 104

Montclair State University


For more information please contact Dr. Elizabeth Emery ( or Elizabeth Hook ( in the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures.


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