Mendy Werdyger

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Mendy Werdyger (born 1959,[1] Brooklyn, New York) is an American Hasidic Jewish singer, songwriter, and owner of the Jewish record label Aderet Records and its retail store, Mostly Music, on 13th Avenue in Boro Park, Brooklyn.[2] In 2010, he released his fifth studio album.[3] He is a son of the famous hazzan (cantor) David Werdyger, brother of popular Jewish singer Mordechai ben David, uncle of singer Yeedle (Mordechai's son), and father of singer Yisroel Werdyger, also known as Sruli Werdyger.

Biography[edit]

Werdyger grew up in the Crown Heights and Boro Park neighborhoods of Brooklyn, attending yeshivas from grade school through kollel. At age 21, he joined his father's business, Aderet Records.[1]

Since 1991, he has been the baal tefillah (cantor) for the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur prayer services at a Gerrer shtiebel in Boro Park, Brooklyn.[4]

Since 2005, Werdyger and more recently his son Meir have been working on audio restoration of old albums. Though he lacks a college degree or professional training in sound engineering, he has re-mastered four CDs[5] worth of songs recorded by Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, using computer software to clear off the scratchy distortions on the original records.[1][6][7]

Family[edit]

Werdyger is married to Devorah Hinda Rozmarin. They have six children.[8][1] Their son Yisroel released his second album in 2010.[9]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Sadigur Hokem Malchus Dovid (2005)
  • Tomid B'Chol Yom (2010)

Collaborations[edit]

  • Chaverim 1 (1990) (with Moshe Laufer)
  • Chaverim 2 (1991) (with Moshe Laufer)
  • Zakeinu (1994) (with Yehuda Kaplan)
  • Chaverim 3 (1996) (with Mona Rosenblum)
  • Hadras Kodesh (2004) (with Dudi Kalish)
  • Shabbos with the Werdygers (2006) (with Cantor David Werdyger, Mordechai Ben David, David Werdyger, Yidel Werdyger, Dovid Gabay, Avi Newmark, and Cantor Yakov Yitzchok Rosenfeld)
  • Sefira Beshira (2007) (with Dovid Gabay)
  • Hameorerim (2008)
  • Shabbos with the Werdygers 2 (2010)
  • Unity for Justice (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Berger, Joseph (20 July 2010). "Bit by Electronic Bit, a Cantor’s Voice Is Restored". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Ferber, Elisha (9 February 2009). "Matzav.com’s Exclusive Interview With...Lipa Shmeltzer & Eli Gerstner". matzav.com. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Kempinski, Yoni (23 November 2010). "Interview: Hassidic Music Singer Mendy Werdyger". Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Besser, Yisroel. "Advocates at the Gates of Mercy: Reb Mendel Werdyger, Gerrer Beis Medrash of Boro Park". Mishpacha, 26 September 2011, p. 57.
  5. ^ "Od Yosef Chai 4". Mostly Music. 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mendy Werdyger Featured on NPR". Jewish Music Report. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Musleah, Rahel (2011). "Remastering a Master". Hadassah Magazine. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Devora Hinda Werdiger". geni.com. 2001. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "First Impression of Yisroel Werdyger's Ashira V'azamra". Jewish Music Report. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 

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