The Lady Gaga of hazanut

Rabbi David Dery incorporates pop music into religious services at temple and weddings.

July 14, 2011 20:27


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Rabbi David Dery has been a cantor of Jewish prayer his entire life, but Dery’s ear for pop music can be traced to his family history. Derry’s grandfather was a singer for the king of Morocco.

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It is his family history that could be attributed when David Dery rocked the world of Jewish cantors by incorporating famous pop tunes into his prayer performances.

Although he has been a cantor his entire life, Rabbi Dery first came up with the idea of mixing secular music into prayers 3 years ago, before a Jewish wedding in Las Vegas. After hearing the classic song ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ by Andrea Brocelli, he used the tune in a wedding ceremony.

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