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.

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