This summer, at Atlantic City’s Rodef Sholom, a hundred people paid tribute to Har Zion Temple’s cantor emeritus, Cantor Isaac Wall, in celebration of his 100th birthday. After serving at Har Zion Temple for more than four decades, Cantor Wall moved to Ventnor, where he has spent the last 25 years of his “retirement” as cantor of Rodef Sholom.
Blessed with musical talent and exposed to Jewish education at a young age, Cantor Wall was conducting services by the time he turned 13. During World War II, prior to his long tenure at Har Zion, Cantor Wall traveled throughout the state of Texas performing services for members of the military. He was also one of the founders of the Cantors Assembly, an international professional organization for cantors, and of the former Solomon Schechter Day School — now known as Perelman Jewish Day School — where he taught for many years.
During the tribute dinner at Rodef Shalom, Cantor Eliot Vogel, who is Cantor Wall’s successor at Har Zion, gave a moving tribute to his predecessor. Cantor Wall’s son, Shalom, also presented a tribute to his father. At least half the crowd of well-wishers at the event were “Har Zionites” who summer in Ventnor, Margate and Longport.
Photos by Bonnie Squires.