Curt Sachs

American musicologist of German birth, founders of modern organology

Born in Berlin, Sachs studied piano, music theory and composition as a youth in that city. He began a career as an art historian, but promptly became more devoted to music, eventually being appointed director of the Staatliche Instrumentensammlung, a large collection of musical instruments. He reorganised and restored much of the collection, and his career as an organologist began. In 1933, following Nazi persecution, Sachs moved to Paris, and later to the United States, where he settled in New York City.


Arbie Orenstein

American musicologist & Pianist

Arbie Orenstein was born and raised in New York City, he attended the High School of Music and Art, Queens College, and the Graduate School of Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. in musicology. He was professor of music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where he has taught for 45 years, focusing on European music history and Jewish music.


Leo Wiener

Russian- American historian, linguist, author and translator

Leo Wiener was born in Bialystok, Russian Empire in 1862. He was an American historian, linguist, author and translator. Wiener lectured on Slavic cultures at Harvard University and became the first American professor of Slavic literature. One of his many published books include, Africa and the discovery of America Vols. I-III (1922).


Malcolm Miller

American rapper and record producer

Malcolm James McCormick known professionally as Mac Miller. He was born to a Jewish mother and a Christian father. Miller was raised Jewish, had a Bar Mitzvah, and observed the Jewish High Holy Days. He described himself as “the coolest Jewish rapper”.1

1992- 2018

Singing in the Dark

Directed by Max Nosseck  

This film is one of the first Hollywood films to deal with the Holocaust and starts cantor and star of the Yiddish cinema Moyshe Oysher in his only English language role. It is about a cantor who is a holocaust survivor with traumatic amnesia and who can only sing when he is inebriated.

Film include footage shot in the historic Levetzow Synagogue in Berlin that was razed shortly thereafter.

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Photo taken from the National Center for Jewish Film

The Jewish Songster

A collection of songs edited by the Goldfarb brothers- Israel and Samuel Eliezer. This collection was part of their joint endeavor in the education of the American Jewish youth. Their songsters contained songs suited for public singing, which was asked for by the younger modern generation. This particular songster was prepared for use in Jewish religious schools, and it contains only the words of songs.

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