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Moshe Koussevitzky (sometimes Mosze Kusewicki), (Jun 9, 1899, Smarhoń - August 23, 1967, New York) was a cantor and singer. A relative of the famous conductor Sergei Koussevitzky, he made many recordings in Poland and United States.[1][2]

Born June 9, 1899, he moved to Vilna in 1920, and served there as cantor at the Sawel Synagogue, and, starting in 1924, at the Great Synagogue of Vilna. In 1927 or 1928 he became cantor of the Tlomatzke Synagogue in Warsaw, succeeding Gershon Sirota. Koussevitzky first performed in the United States in 1938, at New York's Carnegie Hall. He and his family escaped the Nazis during World War II, moving to the Soviet Union.[1][2]

In 1947 Koussevitzky and his family emigrated to the United States. He became cantor of Borough Park, Brooklyn's Temple Beth-El in 1952, living in Great Neck during the week and in Borough Park on the Sabbath. He died on August 23, 1967, and was buried in Israel.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Maoz, Jason. "A Voice To Make Men Weep", The Jewish Week, October 25, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c Pasternak, Velvel. The Jewish music companion, Hal Leonard Corporation, 2003, ISBN 978-1-92891824-0, p. 69.

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