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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4260
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1847-1992
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.2 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Association of Ministers (Chazanim) of Great Britain


Administrative/Biographical history:

A chazan (also chazzan or hazzan) is a cantor who leads the synagogue congregation in sung prayer. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries this role developed into a full-time profession and professionally trained chazanim came to be viewed as deputy rabbis, part of the clergy.

The Association of Ministers (Chazanim) of Great Britain started as the Choral Section of the United Synagogue. At the first meeting in March 1934 Professor S. Alman addressed the meeting and emphasised the desirability of having such a section. Principals were laid down and it was decided to hold regular meetings and appoint a committee.

The objects of the Association are to represent the interests of the Chazanim of the United Synagogue in all matters affecting the relationship between:
1) The Chazanim and the United Synagogue;
2) The Chazanim and other communal bodies;
3) The Chazanim and the Chief Rabbinate.
The Association also aims to act as a professional body in matters affecting the dignity and prestige of the United Synagogue Chazanim.

The Association is interested in providing cultural advancement, social recreation, mutual aid, a library of music for members. Membership is open to all Chazanim of the United Synagogue.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Association of Ministers (Chazanim) of Great Britain, comprising minutes of the Choral Section; general minutes; financial records; members' subscriptions; printed constitution; invitations to Association events; music publications.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in four series:
LMA/4260/01 - Administration;
LMA/4260/02 - Financial;
LMA/4260/03 - Music Publications;
LMA/4260/04 - Handwritten Musical Scores

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in April 2000 and March 2004.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information please consult the LMA Information Leaflet: "Records of the Anglo-Jewish Community at London Metropolitan Archives"; available to download here: (URL correct Feb 2010).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Description prepared in March 2010. Updated April 2018.

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