This Day in Jewish History 1884: First Female U.S. Cantor Leads High Holy Day Service

Even though Julie Rosewald was an acclaimed opera star in her day, and held the job of cantor for nine years, she was forgotten to history until more than a century after her death.

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On September 19, 1884, Julie Rosewald began her tenure as cantor of Temple Emanu-El, in San Francisco, California, making her the first female cantor in American history. Giving an extra twist to her story is...