Is Popular Culture Defining Synagogue Music

As Reform synagogues across the nation reshape their musical styles, debate continues over whether or not the changes are positive. Interviewees include Cantor Jeff Klepper (Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston, IL) and Rabbi Daniel Freelander (UAHC national director of program), both of Kol B'Seder, as well as Jewish composer Michael Isaacson.

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Abraham Segal

Israeli Klezmer musician

Avraham Segal (Avrum Shpiler) was born in Safed, Palestine (Erez-Israel). He was a clarinet player, and the last klezmer of the pre-State generations. He is known as Musa Berlin's non-official teacher.


Dave Tarras

Klezmer clarinetist

Dave Tarras was born in Ternovka, near Uman, and immigrated to New York in 1921. He was one of the most famous Klezmer musicians of the 20th century.

Extended biography, including musical samples click here

Additional biography, at National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) website, click here