Abraham Lopes Cardozo

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Abraham Lopes Cardozo (1914–2006) was hazzan of Congregation Shearith Israel, the historic Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in New York City.


Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, he was the great-grandson of the Chief Rabbi of the Sephardic community in Amsterdam. In 1939 he was appointed by Queen Wilhemina to be the rabbi of the Sephardic community in Surinam. He became assistant hazzan at Shearith Israel in 1946 and continued to 1986. On June 7, 2000, he received the decoration of Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.[1]

Rabbi Cardozo died on February 21, 2006.


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