Zevi Neumann has led Holy Law’s Shabbos and Yom Tov services since 2001.
He became the shul’s youngest-ever chazan when he took up the post at the age of 22, succeeding the melodious and respected Edwin Ross, who had served the Holy Law community for 19 years.
“He was certainly a hard act to follow,” says Zevi. “It was a tremendous honour and a privilege to be appointed, and a huge responsibility too.”
Zevi follows a long tradition of chazanut and involvement in synagogue life on both sides of his family. His great-great-grandfather on his mother’s side was the chazan of the Baal Hatanya, the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, in Lubavitch, Russia. And Zevi’s grandfather, Reb Faish Neumann, was vice-president of the Pressburg (now Bratislava) Jewish community in the former Czechoslovakia.
Zevi grew up in Manchester and attended the Jewish Day School and then the Mechina School. He spent two years at the Shaarei Torah Yeshiva in Salford, then a year at the Lev Aryeh Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
His chazanut encompasses traditional nigunim and some tunes he has learned along the way.
Zevi is married to Shosh. They have two children – twins Tzvi and Hadassah.
“The connection that I feel with the kehilla is what I enjoy most about my post at Holy Law,” adds Zevi.