Cantor Joseph Gross
When you first meet Cantor Gross he seems like so many other South Florida Jewish seniors. That is, until he begins to speak. His warmth and his big smile take you in. But what captivates you is his encyclopedic knowledge of all things Cantorial and liturgical.
As he speaks you cannot help but think that he has probably forgotten more than most of us will ever know on the topic. But as he continues, you realize that he is blessed with almost perfect recall. Not much seems to have been forgotten at all. You may have heard of people with photographic memories, but Cantor Gross is the only person I have ever met with “phonographic memory,” i.e. he can recall voice and music impeccably.
A master cantor and composer, Joseph Gross has been a regular volunteer at the JSA for over three years. Several of our Cantorial music restoration projects have been possible only with his guidance and help.
The JSA has created three albums from the original tape recordings of Cantor Gross. These recordings are not available anywhere else and have never been commercially released. They were restored under the vigilant supervision of the Cantor himself.