Folksongs

Jacob Beimel

American cantor, composer and musicologist

Born in Parichi, Belarus. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1915. Worked as cantor and conductor in Europe (Berlin and Copenhagen) and later in the U.S. (New York and Philadelphia). Has written many articles concerning Jewish music. Founded the Journal, Jewish Music, in which he published a few of his own compositions and adaptations (synagogue music, folk songs, and Hassidic melodies).

1875-1944
 [Pictures taken from: Beimel, Jacob. Mikitka (Jewish folk song). New York : Jos. P. Katz, 1924]

Theodor Bikel

Austrian-born American singer & actor

Born in Vienna, Austria and immigrated to Palestine with his parents at age 13. Studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in London (1946-1948), and immigrated to the United States in the 1950's. As a singer and as an actor, Bikel performed in many Broadway Theater productions, as well as in television shows and in movies. As a folk singer he sang songs that spanned over 20 languages, and he accompanied himself on a wide variety of instruments. Bikel recorded many albums, and performed all over the world.  

1924-2015

Martha Schlamme

Folksinger and actress
Born in Vienna, she escaped to England in 1938 and immigrated to the US in 1948. She became a popular singer, giving over a thousand concerts. An expert in folksong, Schlamme sang in 12 languages, including Jewish folksongs in Hebrew and Yiddish.

Source: Encyclopedia Judaica.

1922-1985

Nehama Lifshitz

Folksinger of Hebrew and Yiddish songs

Nehama Lifshitz was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and immigrated to Israel in 1969. She was perceived as the symbol of "the Jews of silence," which were not allowed to immigrate from the U.S.S.R. to Israel in the sixties and seventies.

1927-2017

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