Cantor Herschel Fox was born in Uzbekistan Taskent, Russia, on May 6, 1945, two days before the end of World War II. His parents were Polish Jews who fled Lublin in September of 1939. He was raised in Winnipeg, Canada, where he sang as a child for the late Cantor Benjamin Brownstone, Khazn of the Winnipeg Talmud Torah. He attended the Peretz School, a Yiddish Day School. When he was twenty years old, he succeeded Cantor Brownstone as the cantor of the Talmud Torah, the largest orthodox shul in the city. He studied khazones with Cantor Brownstone and then with the world renowned Cantor David Kusevitsky in New York. He studied the Yiddish song with the late Sidor Belarsky. He served Temple Shalom in Greenwich, Connecticut, from 1970-1971. He was the High Holy Day Cantor of Temple Israel in Great Neck, New York, from 1978- 1980. He worked as a Yiddish actor from 1970-1981, touring North America. Since 1981 he has been the cantor of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, one of the leading Conservative congregations in North America.
Herschel Fox is one of America’s favorite Yiddish artists. He has appeared in countless nightclubs, theatres, and synagogues throughout the United States. He has performed with numerous artists including Jan Peerce, Mickey Katz, and Molly Picon and was assistant director for the Isaac Bashevis Singer play “Teibele and Her Demon” on Broadway. Fluent in Yiddish and Hebrew, Herschel Fox is equally at home with Cantorial music, Israeli and Hassidic songs, comedy and Broadway musicals. The New York Times called Herschel’s performance “most appealing, a sort of Yiddish James Stewart. What’s more, he has a fine voice that really puts the song over.” Herschel’s love is the Yiddish song and the Yiddish story.