Jonny is chazan at Stanmore Synagogue, a position he has held since 2011.
He has trained and studied under several accomplished chazzanim and the world’s leading vocal coaches both in the UK and abroad in order to shape a unique style which appeals to the masses of our generation.
Jonny is a lead soloist with the Shabbaton Choir, having sung at the annual Choral Midnight Selichot service together with Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld since the aged of 18. Together with the choir, his expressive and melodious singing has featured in many concerts both in England and abroad.
As the proud grandson of two Holocaust survivors, Jonny takes pride in officiating at many of Anglo-Jewry's official commemorative events. He has led the national Holocaust Memorial Day service on many occasions, appearing on the BBC as well as ITV and other news channels. He has sung in front of Royalty and Prime Ministers on numerous occasions. In Nov 2023 Jonny performed in Parliament Square at the Campaign Against Antisemitism rally in front of 105,000 people.
The annual Bnei Akiva Yom Haatsmaut Hallel he leads at Kinloss Synagogue has become known by all who attend as the ‘service of the year’ and the recording is watched annually by thousands online.
One of Jonny’s favourite opportunities as Chazan is singing under the chuppah of couples on their wedding day. He is well sough after for chuppot worldwide and has travelled as far a field as Houston Texas to officiate. He enjoys meeting each couple and adapting various modern melodies to create bespoke chuppa music for their special day.
Jonny has recently been showcasing various musical productions with Mizrachi UK in over countless communities across the UK as well as Netanya, Jersualem., Miami, Boca Raton and Chicago. During the covid-19 pandemic, the team produced a range of professional films with spellboudning music and narration around the Jewish festivals.
Aside from a career as a Chazan, after graduating from UCL with a first class honours degree in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, he attained a distinction in a MSc in Speech and Language Therapy in 2014. As a registered Speech and Language Therapist Jonny specialises in the assessment and management of people with voice disorders and runs a successful private practice in Edgware.
Prior to joining Stanmore, Jonny was the Chazan of Edgware United Synagogue four years and part time chazan at Mill Hill prior to that.
Chazan Jonny Turgel
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