Tribute to Manchester synagogue’s former chazan who died in Israel
A CHAZAN who served Manchester’s Higher Crumpsall and Higher Broughton Synagogue for 47 years has died in Netanya.
Avraham Hillman joined the Higher Crumpsall shul in 1966, two years before it merged with the Higher Broughton synagogue. He made aliyah after his retirement.
Paying tribute, Higher Crumpsall’s Rabbi Arnold Saunders said he “combined a mastery of chazanut with a wonderful interpretation of the tefillah. His davening was full of feeling and emotion.
“He was the chaplain to North Manchester General Hospital for many years and had a reputation as a wonderful pastoral minister. He also did lots of work behind the scenes, raising money secretly for people.”
Avraham Hillman was born in Frankfurt and moved with his family to Mandate Palestine in 1936 to escape Nazi persecution. At just nine years old, he became the soloist at the Great Synagogue in Haifa, later receiving a scholarship to the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv.
He was a member of the Palmach prior to the 1948 War of Independence and went on to serve in the IDF.
Higher Crumpsall will hold discussions with the Hillman family about holding a commemoration ceremony after Pesach.