Born Manchester, April 20, 1920. Died Netanya, October 29, 2006, aged 86.
A UNITED Synagogue “minister without portfolio”, Rev Solomon (Shlomo) Shine served as part-time chazan during the 1940s-60s, officiating at the Great Synagogue, Duke’s Place in the City of London, and major suburban synagogues.
Outside London he sang in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, New York, Antwerp, Cape Town and Cannes. He could be called on at short or no notice, including the chanting of the scroll of Esther on a Purim cantorial cruise .
The youngest son of eight children of a Chasidic family in Manchester, he was yeshivah-educated at Gateshead and Manchester before studying voice production for a cantorial career.
Retiring to Netanya over a decade ago, he accepted occasional engagements before ill-health overtook him. Despite his deteriorating condition, he maintained his vocal ability and chanted lengthy and complicated compositions from his hospital bed.
He is survived by Lily, his wife of 61 years, two sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.