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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Lucy Levin

Yiddish theater actress

 Lucy Levin was born on July 1906 in Vilna, Polish Lithuania. In 1908 she came with her parents to America. She became a famous actress and played at several theaters from 1925 to 1933.

Full biography from the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre".


Robert Starer


Born in Vienna, and came to Palestine after the annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany. After serving in the British Air Force, he settled in the U.S. where he taught at several academies. As a composer, Starer wrote music for ballet, opera, concerti, and in several other styles and genres. His compositions include works with Jewish themes or Hebrew texts, such as: Kohelet, Sabbath Eve Service, among others.