Jeff Klepper


Jeff Klepper is an American Jewish Cantor, and one of the pioneers of the singer-songwriter style that took over American synagogue music during the second half of the 20th century. He started playing the guitar in 1962 and was a song-leader in NFTY summer camps. At those camps, he started to compose parts of the prayer by himself. Klepper was ordained as a cantor in 1980 in the HUC campus in New York. 

1954 -

Elohim hashivenu: A liturgical insertion for holy days in Italy and beyond 

Jewish liturgy evolved in a multidirectional process. Differences between diverse local versions and lineages of transmission crystallized into several minhagim (“customs” or “traditions”) once the printing press started to produce prayer books in rapidly increasing numbers to satisfy the expanding demand. Many unique liturgical passages, whose pedigree and paths of transmission remain to be investigated, were established in different minhagim, some of them only in one.