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Isaac Azose

Isaac Azose was born July 1930 in Seattle, Washington. His parents, Jack and Louise Azose, born in Turkey, met for the first time in Seattle in 1928 and were married in June 1929. He married the former Lily Shemia of Egypt in March 1962, a marriage that produced four children. Lily (o’b’m’) passed away in December 2001. He spent his early years attending Sephardic Bikur Holim synagogue, drinking in every little word and nuance of the prayers from the cantors who had immigrated from Turkey, thus enabling him to become Hazzan (Cantor) at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth in March 1966 for thirty-four years, retiring on January 1, 2000. In addition to his duties at Ezra Bessaroth, he held down a full-time job at Boeing, retiring in July 1995. His retirement from Boeing allowed him more time for other things, including producing a Sephardic Daily/Sabbath prayer book for the Seattle Sephardic community. That project took eight years and was completed in March 2002. Since then, he has completed a prayer book for the three Jewish Festivals, one for the Five Fast Days, one for the Jewish New Year, and one for the Day of Atonement. In 1999 he recorded a two-CD set, The Liturgy of Ezra Bessaroth, which gives a representation of the Sabbath, Holiday, and High Holiday liturgy. In 2012 he recorded a two-CD set of Ladino Romansas, called Ladino Reflections. He has been married to the former Elisa Chrem, of Lima, Peru, and Cleveland, Ohio, since March 2003.