Ann Rabinowitz <annrab@...>
While looking at something else, I happened upon an obit in the Jewish
Chronicle issue of August 22, 1913, for Rev. Jacob MATZ, the First Reader of
the Manchester New Synagogue, Manchester, England, who died on August 21,
I thought it might be of interest to someone who was researching this family
or the towns he was from.
He was born in Rumsiskis, Lithuania, into a long line of rabbis as indicated
by his name (this is a quote >from the article). Upon visiting the nearby
shtetl of Janova at the age of 11, he was taken under the tutelege of the
local Chazan Ephraim Libovitz. He was considered a musical prodigy and
turned >from the rabbinate to become a chazan. He had several fine positions
prior to coming to Manchester. He married the daughter of Chazan Libowitz.
I know nothing further about Rev. Matz.