Around 1915, Israel Eljasz Maroko married and had four children. Before moving to Amsterdam, he was a chazan in Kalisch, Tarnow and Bratislava. He was known for his musical ear and his beautiful voice.
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On 6 June 1926 Israel Eljasz Maroko was appointed chief cantor at the Main Synagogue in Amsterdam. He ran the services at the Great Synagogue on the Jonas Daniel Meyerplein.
S. Bloemgarten and J. van Velzen, Joods Amsterdam in een bewogen tijd 1980-1940. Een beeldverhaal (Zwolle 1997) 34