CANTOR ABRAHAM IMMERMAN was a legendary South African cantor, barmitzvah teacher and educator. Known as ‘Der Blinde Chazzan’ and ‘The Man with the Computer Brain’, due to his blindness and remarkable memory, he died aged 96 in Cape Town on 7th April 2003. Cantor Immerman was perhaps most famous for having learnt the entire Torah and synagogue services off by heart by the time he was a young man, despite being born blind. He served his community in Cape Town and its surrounds for more than 60 years and has been described as ‘a legend’, ‘an icon’ and ‘a truly remarkable man.’

Please enjoy a special film made in his honour titled ‘Legacy of Light’, as well as the original interview, filmed in 1997, from which it emerged.  Please feel free to post your comments and memories below in our comments section to pay tribute to this very special man.

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Legacy of Light Film – Available from 21/8/17

The Full Interview – Available from 21/8/17


One Response to Cantor Abraham Immerman – Legacy of Light

  1. Hessel Meilech August 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

    I remember him very well. He was a first cousin to my aunt.
    Whenever I saw him he quoted the date of my parents wedding.
    The other story is that I took him home in my car. He asked me what the difference between a jersey and a cardigan was..We were blesses to have such a pious great tsadek in our community.

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