Biography

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, Arabic, Hebrew and English, he attended the Rabbinical College of Canada and became Chazzan of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal at the age of 20, a position which he held for eight years.

In 1991, Cantor Benlolo received a prestigious scholarship to study for two years Ashkenazi, Yemenite, Syrian and other forms of Sephardi cantorial styles at the Belz School of Jewish Music, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, New York. He is a multi-talented artisan who designs ketubot and other beautiful Judaic art. His love for singing and stage brought him to perform in many countries including Venezuela, England, Israel, Cuba and the United States.

In addition to his duties at Congregation Beth Shalom West of Ottawa he continues to perform at community functions while working as a teacher in Talmud Torah and Judaic advisor for the Tamir Foundation. He is also the founder and director of the SJCC Shira Ottawa Choir and L’école Benlolo Bar/Bat Mitzvah School.

Cantor Benlolo is the recipient of the Elaine Rabin Social Service Award and one of the recipients of the 2004 United Way Community Builder Award for his dedication and commitment to helping others in the community. He uses his musical and vocal talents to benefit charitable organizations and is enthusiastically involved in promoting the Ottawa Jewish community. His interfaith and multicultural work was acknowledged this year when the Universal Peace Federation and Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace recognized him as an Ambassador for Peace for his effort and for contributing to the fulfillment of the hope of all ages to live in a unified world of peace.




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