About Manny Perlman


Emanuel "Manny" C. Perlman is a lyric tenor, composer, performing and recording artist, spiritual and civic leader, and lecturer.

Manny has performed throughout the United States and Europe. The legendary talk show host, Larry King, compared him to a combination Caruso and Mel Tormé. Manny earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Voice from Rhode Island College and a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Social Work from the Wurzweiller School of Social Work, Yeshiva University. He received a Doctorate in Music, honoris causa, from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. 

He comes from a long lineage of cantors, which include his father of blessed memory, three brothers and three cousins. He is currently the Senior Hazzan in his 20th year at the historic Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland.

Manny has lectured and performed twice at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He has performed humanitarian programs twice throughout Cuba and premiered an original show entitled A Life of Coincidences at the Players Club in New York City. Manny has performed at the Capitol Rotunda and the Arlington National Cemetery with the United States Marine Band and in a holiday concert with the United States Naval Academy Band. He has performed at the Mormon Tabernacle in Bethesda, Maryland and in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

He recently presented a program at Windsor Castle for the International Council for Caring Communities retreat and sang at the United Nations. Manny has four recordings including Generations:Father and SonFace to FaceSpiritual Ambrosia (Arabesque) and Destination Peace (Cala Records). 

In 2004 Manny performed with the Baltimore Symphony, lectured on the life of Leonard Bernstein with revered BSO conductor Marin Alsop, and in 2010 was presented with the Pikesville community's "Volunteer of the Year" award. 

In addition to Manny's musical talents he has been a psychiatric social worker, field instructor, social work supervisor and team coordinator at the Long Island Jewish Hillside Hospital in Queens, NY. He has been married to wife, Janice Jotkowitz, for over 40 years and together they are the proud parents of 3 sons and their life companions: Steven & Deborah, Benjamin & Bethany, and Marc. They are the proud grandparents of Abner, Muriel, and Maximilian.