Benjamin Z. Maissner is Cantor and Music Director of Holy Blossom Temple. With degrees from the Hebrew Union College of Sacred Music and Temple University, he is renowned for his knowledge of both secular and liturgical music. Cantor Maissner has mastered a variety of musical styles ranging from Jewish Renaissance and early Hebrew Art Music to contemporary Canadian, American and Israeli compositions. He is also Conductor and Music Director of Lachan, Toronto’s Jewish Chamber Choir.

A versatile performer himself, Cantor Maissner has been a featured soloist in such theatres as the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He has also served as musical consultant for documentaries including To Mend the World and The Man Who Hid Anne Frank. He currently serves on the executive board of the Cantors’ Assembly (Conservative) and as Vice President of the American Conference of Cantors (Reform). He teaches vocal and cantorial skills and is National Chair of the Certification Program of the American Conference of Cantors.

Cantor Maissner teaches and lectures extensively. He has been Cantor-in-Residence at the Hebrew Union Colleges in New York, Cincinnati and Jerusalem. In March 2001, he was recognized with an honorary doctorate in music from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

In 2014,  in recognition of Cantor Maissner’s significant contribution to the reconciliation between Christians and Jews as well as Germans and Jews,   Joachim Gauck, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany bestowed the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on Benjamin Zeev Maissner at a ceremony held at Holy Blossom Temple. Click here for the remarks made by Federal Republic of Germany’s Consul General,  the Hon. Walter Stechel,  on behalf of the people and government of Germany at the ceremony.

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Learn more about Cantor Maissner here: http://www.lachan.org/maissner.htm

The Musical Notes News Archive

November 8, 2018 - A message from Cantor Maissner

It is with great pride and overwhelming joy that I share with all of you our upcoming musical jubilee celebration Read more »

October 17, 2018 - Musical Heritage Concert Series 2018-19

As I have done for so many years, (in fact, for 39 blessed years), I would like to announce the Musical Heritage Concert Series for the coming season 2018-2019. Read more »

October 3, 2018 - N'Ginah Band 5779 Shabbat Schedule

Kabbalat Shabbat with the Holy Blossom N'Ginah Band provides a spiritual, musical, and uplifting way to welcome Shabbat Read more »

August 22, 2018 - The power of music

Please enjoy these moving High Holidays melodies have soothed our souls for decades Read more »

July 13, 2018 - Musical Mission to Bulgaria

Cantor Maissner led a musical mission to Bulgaria in early July. He had been invited to participate in the European premiere of A Melancholy Beauty Read more »

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