Cantor Elías Rosemberg was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He comes from a family of musicians. His grandfather was a Hazzan and his father was a clarinetist in a Klezmer band. In 1988 at the age of 18, Elías started to work as a Hazzan at Chaim Weitzman community in San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina. By 1991 he studied at Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano and in 1994 he obtained the degree of Hazzan and Singing Professor.
Elías studied music theory and harmony at Manuel de Falla School of Music and took voice lessons with many professors. Elías completed a 5 year program in Pathology, Audiology & Speech therapy at the School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires. He has been heard in many concerts and weddings in the Buenos Aires area. He has appeared several times on TV and radio programs. He is featured on several recordings.
In December 1998 he won the vocal contest: “Argentina sings for Israel” organized by the Israeli Embassy in Argentina.
He served as a Hazzan at Lamroth Hakol Synagogue from 1990 to 2000, where he was a Bar Mitzvah teacher, baal koreh, voice teacher of the choir and founder and director of the School of Hazzanim for Teenagers.
In July 2000, Elías moved to New York, where he worked as Baal Koreh and gave Master Classes at Adath Shalom Synagogue, Morris Plains, NJ.
In February 2001, he became a member of the Cantors Assembly of America, and from July 2001 until June 2007, he was the Cantor at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Cantor Elías Rosemberg became the 4th cantor in Temple Emanuel’s history on July 1, 2007, after being unanimously and enthusiastically approved by Temple Emanuel’s Board and Membership at a special Congregational-Board meeting.
Cantor Rosemberg enhances the Synagogue life not only as a Hazzan, but with wonderful musical programs and concerts including our successful Shabbat Alive! service. Elías also teaches adults and children. In March 2012 he lead 30 Temple Emanuel members on a congregational trip to Argentina.
Since coming to the United States, Elías has continued to receive honors and recognition for his talent as a great singer and as a gifted Hazzan. His repertoire includes Cantorial, Israeli, Yiddish, and Ladino, as well as Opera and Broadway selections. True to his Argentinean roots, he also enjoys singing Tango. In February 2002 he was appointed to sing the memorial prayer at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC at the Cantors Assembly Convention.
In addition to his Cantorial duties at Temple Emanuel, Cantor Rosemberg performs regularly with The Bostonian Opera and Concert Ensemble and the Zamir Chorale of Boston. Hazzan Rosemberg is currently the New England Region Chair for the Cantors Assembly and also serves on the national Executive Council of the same organization. He is the immediate past president of the New England Board of Cantors and has served on the faculty of the Cantor-Educator program at Hebrew College as a Cantorial Coach. He is featured on two Cantors Assembly CDs: “Encore” and “The Spirit of Jewish World Music” and released his own second CD: “My Beloved Prayers and Songs”.
Cantor Rosemberg and his wife Dr. Lorena Lerner are the proud parents of sons Michael and David.