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Fashion Show Gala

Near and dear to Cantor Benlolo's heart is his beloved Choir. He is the founder of the SJCC Shira Ottawa Choir, The Tamir Neshama Choir.
Monday, November 20, there was a fashion show Gala in Ottawa to raise awareness and funds for this wonderful foundation.


Born in Casablanca, Morocco and the youngest of 12 children, Cantor Daniel Benlolo and his family settled in Quebec – cradle of Canadian Sefardia – in the early 1970’s. Fluent in French, English, Arabic and Hebrew, he attended the Rabbinical College of Canada and became Chazzan (Cantor) of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal at the age of 17, a position which he held for eight years.

In 1991, Cantor Benlolo received a prestigious scholarship from the Maybaum Foundation to study Ashkenazi, Yemenite, Syrian and other forms of Sephardi Cantorial styles at the Belz School of Jewish Music, an affiliate of Yeshiva University in New York. He is a multi-talented artisan whose designed ketubot (wedding certificates) and other beautiful Judaic art have been published in a variety of books and publications. His passion for singing and stage brought him to perform in several countries including Venezuela, United Kingdom, Israel, South America and the United States.

In addition to his previous duties at the prestigious Congregation Kehillat Beth Israel of Ottawa, he continues to perform at countless community-wide functions while working as an educator at local schools, Judaic advisor for the Tamir Foundation, serving people with developmental disabilities and various other agencies.  He is also the founder of the SJCC Shira Ottawa Choir, The Tamir Neshama Choir and L'ecole Benlolo Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Afternoon School.

Cantor Benlolo is the recipient of the 2016 Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers,
Elaine Rabin Social Service Award, the 2013 Governor General Caring Canadian Award and the recipient of the 2004 United Way Community Builder Award for his dedication and commitment to helping others in the community. Cantor Benlolo has been nominated as a member of the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security. He uses his musical and vocal talents to benefit innumerable charitable organizations and is enthusiastically involved in promoting North American and worldwide Jewry. His interfaith and multicultural work was acknowledged when the Universal Peace Federation and Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace recognized him as an Ambassador for Peace for his efforts and for contributing to the fulfillment of the hope of all ages to live in a unified world of peace.

Cantor Daniel Benlolo
514.484.1122 ext. 108
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Fri, October 18 2019 19 Tishrei 5780