Park Avenue Synagogue Cantor Azi Schwartz in concert for Temple Israel

by | Jul 26, 2021 | What’s Happening

Originally published in the March 22, 2021 issue.

Sunday, April 25, 7:30 pm, Zoom, $36

Not many clergy are considered YouTube sensations, but Azi Schwartz, senior cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, has become just that, thanks to his creative and moving versions of Jewish prayers.

Cantor Schwartz will present a selection of his songs in an online concert, curated just for Temple Israel in Norfolk, as well as for anyone who wants to purchase a “ticket” to enjoy the 40-year-old Israeli-born cantor’s vast talents and hear him speak about his approach to Jewish music.

The synagogue secured the services of Cantor Schwartz through a simple outreach by the temple board of directors’ vice president, Norman Soroko. “I just think he’s amazing, but I never thought he would be so humble and willing to coordinate a program just for our area,” says Soroko, who is chairing the event. “We will hear some of his ‘greatest hits,’ including his amazing version of Adom Olam sung to I’ll be Back from Hamilton, and then, talk to us during a live Q&A that Joel Rubin, our past president, will moderate. I can’t wait.”

Tickets to “An Evening of Jewish Music with Cantor Azi Schwartz” are available through the synagogue’s website,

“You don’t have to be a member of Temple Israel to ‘attend’ this very community oriented event,” says Steve Legum, Temple Israel’s president. “Join us online and invite family and friends anywhere who have either heard of Cantor Schwartz or just want a spiritual uplift during these very challenging times.”

For more information, go to or call 757-489-4550.