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Robert Solomon
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Robbie Solomon

Robert Solomon  Biography

Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin and Flute

Cantor Robbie Solomon is internationally known as a composer of Jewish choral works and synagogue repertoire. His stirring anthem “Leaving Mother Russia”, written in 1979, became the rallying cry of the Soviet Jewry movement and established him as a musical interpreter of Jewish conscience. He has since authored dozens of songs of Jewish content, including “World of Our Fathers”, “Falasha Nevermore”, Peace by Piece,” and is well known as a performer/song writer with the popular Jewish music group SAFAM. In addition to over ten original CD’s with SAFAM, Cantor Solomon’s works have been performed and recorded by numerous cantors and choirs throughout the world.

His many published and recorded works include a Choral Series published by Transcontinental Music Publications, Zimrat Shalom a Friday night service written for Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland, OR in1989; a Havdalah service, for Temple Emanuel, Worcester, MA in 1993; a Torah Service, for Temple Beth-El, Northbrook, IL in 1999 and a Friday night service written for Temple Emanu-El of Atlanta, GA in 2008. A collection of his pieces for synagogue, The Robbie Solomon Collection vol. 1, was published along with an accompanying CD in 2008.

Solomon’s synagogue works are characterized by their melodic lyricism and accessibility. As a cantor, Robbie fashions his compositions for use in the services. His music strives to bring the voice of the congregation into the prayers, mixing the familiar with the new.

A major accomplishment in recent years was the production of Cantor Robbie Solomon’s full-length original musical, “The Orphan Queen–the story of Esther”, which has been produced in several locations since it’s first run in 1997 including a four week engagement in the Spring of 1999 at the Jewish Theatre of New England.

Along with an Orthodox upbringing in Baltimore, Maryland, and rabbinical study at the Hebrew Union College, Cantor Solomon received conservatory training at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. He is certified with both the Reform and Conservative movements, the ACC and CA respectively.

Cantor Solomon — presently the cantor at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation — and his wife, Helen, live in Baltimore, MD; they have two sons, Byron and Sam.

4 thoughts on “Four Divine States of Mind”

  1. I am reaching out to you on behalf of Saiph Stars, a non-profit organization developed for children battling illnesses, providing them with resources such as videos, songs, games, magazines, etc. to entertain and inspire them while undergoing treatments during their long hospitalizations.
    BH, we have a wide range of performers, singers, storytellers such as Yakov Shwekey, Mordechai Shapiro, Ari Goldwag, Baruch Levine, YBC, Uri Davidi, Rabbi Ashear, Rabbi Lish, Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, Rabbi Erps, Rebbee Hill, Rabbi Pesach Krohn, and many more who have joined our project by allowing us to use their material. In addition, subscriptions such as Mishpacha, Binah, The Circle, Spotlight, JWOW have all joined our project as well BH. All the material will be uploaded to locked iPads and is streamed thru the Saiph Stars App designated to be used by these children.
    We would love to include your material as it would mean a lot to the children.
    Please check out our website for more info at http://www.saiphstars.com.
    It should be a tremendous zechus for you! Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

  2. Felice Glazer says:

    I was just sitting at my piano looking over a very old book of songs called the songs we sing by Harry Cooper Smith. I got this book when I went to Anshe emet Sunday school in Chicago. That was in the late forties and fifties. This book is falling apart but I love it and will never part with it until I pass away. Something today just made me decide to look up the name of Harry Coopersmith and that’s how I found this site.

  3. Philip Joseph Brody says:

    Joseph Brody was my great grandfather. Murray Brody was my grandfather and Joseph Brody was my father. I am Philip Joseph Brody born in Queens N.Y. My halfbrother Brian is a saxophone player. Unfortunately I think musical talent skipped me. My great grandfather died before my father was born. Unfortunately my father died around 59 years old. I’m about to be 52 so hopefully I won’t pass before my time.

  4. MARTY KUGLER says:

    Is there any way that I can get the lyrics to Semour Rockoff’s song “Der moiled vet zein.” I know about half the words, but I no longer have the record. I’ve been searching for the lyrics for over 40 years. Thanks, Marty Kugler maak68@gmail.com

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