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Updated: 7 February 2012

Compiled by Roger Shlomo Harris © 2000-2012


The following list contains mainly Jewish-interest music links.

There are also a number of links which, although not of specifically Jewish interest, lead to information of a technical nature within the context of music. These include a page of links to search engines and searching tips and techniques.

You can search this page easily by typing 'Ctrl-F' on the keyboard to invoke the Windows search facility. It will find, display and highlight your search keyword wherever it occurs in this page.

My thanks for additional information go to Roxy Boleyn, Prof. Dr. M. Edelman, Prof. Lewis Glinert, Mason Weisz, Tzvi Pincas, Margit Hagan and Irwin Oppenheim.



Jewish Music Resources on the Internet

A-Z - a miscellany




A Cappella
Habayit - The home of Jewish a cappella
Hasidic Cappella - Russia's leading Jewish a cappella group:
Kol Echad - Boston University's Jewish a cappella group
Kol Tefilah - shomer shabbes, a capella ensemble based in Boston, U.S.A. and specialising in Jewish liturgical music:
Kol Zimra, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Magevet A Cappella student group at Yale University sings
Manginah - only co-ed Jewish a cappella group at Brandeis University
Neima - Jewish Collegiate A Cappella Groups
Pizmon Jewish A Cappella
Shir Appeal (Tufts University): Tufts' only co-ed Jewish a cappella group.
Shircago - co-ed Jewish a cappella vocal ensemble based in Chicago.
Staam - Washington University's premier Jewish a cappella ensemble
Western Wind A Cappella Ensemble:
    recordings: Taste of Eternity - Friday Night Service and Table Songs (Z'Mirot), The Birthday of the World, Music and Traditions of the High Holy Days: Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, The Chanukkah Story (with Theodore Bikel), Mazal Bueno: A Portrait in Song of the Spanish Jews (narrator: Tovah Feldshuh);

Adama Musical Group
Achi Ben Shalom Collection of Jewish music for educational purposes;
referral service for all music needs. Translation, transliteration
and Hebrew script included. Workshops for music teachers.
Source: YiddishNet, May 31, 1999, Vol 3.219,

Darmouth Jewish Sound Archive
    The Archive was established in 2002 to provide scholars with:
    1.. streamed web-based access to Jewish recordings that are not commercially available.
    2.. related, searchable information that can aid in the study of Jewish music and culture, Jewish society, and the history of Jewish recordings.
    Bona fide researchers may apply for access privileges.
Florida Atlantic University Jewish Sound Archive

    "The Judaica Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University Libraries is dedicated to bringing the recorded music from the Golden Age of Jewish Music to a new home where its past will be respected and its future assured. In addition to its primary focus of rescuing and preserving 78 rpm records from the first half of the 20th century, the project has expanded its scope to include LPs, tapes, 45s and sheet music."
Music Jewbox
    A very large site with a wide range of music. Many Eastern European albums. Finding something was easy when using the XenoMusic search engine but the retrieval time is around 50 seconds. Keywords which retrieved Jewish-interest music were hebrew, jewish, klezmer, niggun, rabbi, synagogue and yiddish. Some tracks are free but most are charged via Visa, MC and Amex at the rate of US$0.00394 per second (5 mins = US$1.18). Free previews: 20-30 seconds.

Audio editors (digital format)
  • wave editor, MP3 editor, special effects, convert formats, composer, sound generator, orchestra
  • audio editor, multi-track mixer



David Chevan's Afro-Semitic Band

Divahn [audio clips]
    Mason Weisz wrote: "Divahn is the only all-female group in the USA playing Mizrahi-influenced music, and they won a Golden Bagel at the Jewish Music Awards 2005 in the category of 'Best Middle Eastern Blend.'"

Evergreen Israeli Celtic band

    As its name implies, the music of this new band is something of a revelation. The brainchild of two Israeli Yemenite brothers, Yahav and Yaniv Tsaidi, Heedoosh performs deeply personal, spiritual Jewish rock music that pulls no punches. New York, NY, U.S.A.

    .. comprises: five members; voice, oud, violin, flutes, percussion, bass, piano-accordion and guitar.
    The group is seeking to re-awaken the interconnection of Jewish and Arabian music through Sefardi vocal music, Arabian and Jewish instrumental music as well as ancient Israeli and Yiddish songs.

Matisyahu Miller - Hasidic reggae group (vocals, drums, guitar, bass)

Nafshenu Orchestra, New York

Trio Zimbalista

    A very interesting web-site with several pages of well-written information about Jewish music of all kinds.

Yachad - The Traveling Tefillah Band

Berkeley Library Gladis Catalogue
Telnet: telnet:// (

Blogs - Jewish music


Booking Agents specialising in Jewish Artists
Artist Booking International (USA):

A few books are listed below. You can find specialist
Judaica booksellers via search engines (see below) or
see my 'Hebraica and Judaica Booksellers' list elsewhere
on this site.

Compleat Klezmer, The
    Authors: Henry Sapoznik, with Pete Sokolow.
    Publisher: Tara Publications, Cedarhurst,N.Y., USA.
    ISBN: 0-933676-10-7
    Format: 80pp. 21.5cm W x 27.7cm H. Paperback. Spiral bound.

Composers of Classical Music of Jewish Decent [sic]
    Author: Lewis Stevens
    Format: Hardback. 256 pages.
    ISBN: 0-85303-482-6.

    Publisher's comment: This book describes and assesses the relative preponderance of composers of Jewish descent, particularly during the last two hundred years, giving a history of composers of Jewish descent from biblical times to the present day, and assessing the importance of composers of classical music during the last two hundred years.

Discovering Jewish Music
    Author: Marsha Bryan Edelman
    Publisher: Jewish Publication Society, USA.
    Format: 420 pages. Hardcover

Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood.
1___Author: Jack Gottlieb
1___Publisher: State University of New York Press, 2004
1___Format: Hardcover

Gershwin, His Life and Music
1___Author: Charles Schwartz
1___Publisher: Da Capo Press, 1990
1___Format: Paperback, 428pp
1___ISBN: 0306800969

Jewish Music in its Historical Development
    Author: A.Z. Idelsohn (C)1956.
    Publisher: Schocken Books, New York.
    ISBN: 0-8052-0165-3.
    Library of Congress Catalog Card: 67-25236
    Format: xvi + 535pp. Index. 13.4cm W x 20.2cm H. Paperback.
    (Reprinted by Dover Publishing, ISBN 0-486-27147-1)

Music and Kabbala
    Author: Rabbi M. Glazerson
    Publisher: Raz-Ot Institute, 5 Amos Street, Geulah, Jerusalem.
    Telephone: +972 (0)2-382116.

front cover: Mystical Power of Music by Rabbi A.A. Trugman

Mystical Power of Music, The
    Author: Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman © 2005
    Publisher: Targum / Feldheim
    ISBN: 1-56871-346-0

Pearls of Yiddish Song
    Authors: Eleanor Gordon Mlotek and Joseph Mlotek
    Publisher: Workmen's Circle, 45 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016, USA.
    ISBN: none. Library of Congress Card: 88-83027
    Format: xii + 288pp. 21.4cm W x 27.4cm H. Paperback.

Treasury of Jewish Song, A
    Editor: Ruth Rubin.
    Publisher: Schocken Books.
    ISBN: none. Library of Congress Catalogue Card: 50-14685.
    Format: 224pp. 21.0cm W x 27.2cm H. Paperback

Voices of a People - the story of Yiddish folksong
    Author: Ruth Rubin (C)1979.
    Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society of America.
    ISBN: 0-8276-0121-0
    Format: 558pp. 14.0cm W x 21.6cm H. Paperback

Yiddish Song Book, The
    Author: Jerry Silverman
    Publisher: Stein & Day, Scarborough House, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510, USA.
    ISBN: 0-8128-6130-2
    Format: xvi + 207. 20.4cm W x 27.9cm H. Paperback.

Books - research at Questia on-line library

British Library (BLAISE - The British Library's Automated Information Service):
Twenty-two databases, 17 million bibliographic records.
Address: British Library NBS, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire,

Brown University - Judaic Studies


California Digital Library - Music

See Neginot, below.

Cantor Index
A financial derivatives service having nothing to do with cantors or music.

Cantor Number
An aleph! With numerical subscripts, alephs were used by Georg Cantor, a nineteenth century gentile mathematician and inventor of set theory. His ideas led to the enlargement of set theory by Gaston Julia and Benoit Mandlebrot (of the eponymous Set).

Cantorial arts
Cantors' Assembly
Sepharadic cantorial art, see Sepharadic Pizmonim, below.
Virtual Cantor

Cantors, American Conference of
Guild of Temple Musicians (Reform). Affiliated to ACC.
Koleinu monthly newsletter.

Cantors: Male Cantors
Daniel Halfon is a leading authority on the cantorial style of the western Sephardim, i.e. the Spanish and Portuguese tradition. Audio clips.

Cantors: Women Cantor's Network
From the WCN home-page: Women cantors have been recognized and accepted into all liberal cantorial schools and organizations. Yet the need for women cantors to come together has not diminished. Networking among women encourages and inspires us as we share knowledge and experiences in balancing our relationships with congregations, families and friends.
The membership benefits of conferences and phone networking has broadened with the regular publication of a newsletter beginning in 1983, the writing of a constitution and by-laws in 1993, the commissioning of new Jewish music in 1997, and the creation of an on-line list-serve network in 1998.
Cantor Marie Betcher

Chanting, see Leining, below.

Chanting the Haggadah
An Old Country Passover - a selection of nineteen short audio files recorded live by Rabbi Peretz Weizman, in April 2001, at the Chesed Shel Emmes in Winnipeg.

Chanting the Hebrew Bible
  • Book: Chanting the Hebrew Bible," by Joshua Jacobson, (c) 2002, The Jewish Publication Society.
  • Interactive software developed by Koltor Corp., Canada, provides a means of learning to chant correctly. A beautifully designed audio-visual demonstration of the program is available at

Chassidische music
Gal-Paz, Israel:
Shops in Bnei Brak, Haifa, Jerusalem and New York.

Chazzan, see Cantor

Chazzanut Online
Irwin Oppenheim's comprehensive site on Jewish liturgical music, with a large collection of cantorial sheet music, annotated links and background information. NEW WEB-SITE ADDRESS, February 2004

Children's Music
    Contact: Orly Binder, Amos Barzel
    KiddieGifts, 18 Tnuat Hameri Street, Ramat Gan, Israel 52325.
    Telephone: +972-3-5742025
    Specialists in musical productions for schools and kindergartens. Kiddiegifts is able to create entire productions - writing, composing, arranging, and recording the material, cd's and cassettes - without resorting to outside bodies.

Children's Songs
Peter & Ellen:
Jewish music for children
'Two Candles Burn - New Festival Songs For Children'
    introduces children to songs for Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah,
    Chanukah, Shavuot and others. Arranged and produced by
    Stephen Melzack. Audio cassette.
    Two Candles (Online) Limited,
    55/56 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LN, England.
    Telephone: +44 (0)20 7242 5462
    Facsimile: +44 (0)20 7405 2944

A system of hand signals which are used to convey the trop or cantillation to the person reading from a Sefer Torah.
See Leining, below.

Alyth Choral Society, London, UK
Amsterdams Synagogaal Koor (Amsterdam Synagogue Choir)
Coro Ha-Kol (Italy):
Ladinostalgia - Ladino choir from Jerusalem, Israel
[The] London Cantorial Singers
London Jewish Male Choir
London School of Jewish Song (male voices only?)
    Conductor/director: Yigal Calek, +44 (0)20-8458 8137
Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale
Mordje Guebirtig Jewish Choir, Buenos Ayres, Argentina
Moscow Male Jewish Choir - Hasidic Cappella
North American Jewish Choral Festival, USA
Oranim Singers, London, UK
    Telephone: +44 (0)20-8455 5276. Ask for Hagai.
Shabbaton [Orthodox] Choir, Hertfordshire, UK
    Telephone: +44 (0)446 5740.
Shir Hadavar Choir, Bristol, UK
    Telephone: +44 (0)?
Jewish Synagogue Music - score facsimiles and MIDI files
Zamir Choral Foundation, New York, NY, U.S.A.
    The Foundation, founded and directed by Matthew Lazar, sponsors a wide range of programs in Jewish choral music, including the Zamir Chorale (the original, founded in 1960 by Stanley Sperber), HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, and the North American Jewish Choral Festival.
Zamir Chorale of Boston, USA
Zemel Choir, London, U.K.

Classical music
Listserv: listname: moderated classical music
Listserv: listname: classm-l
    Send message: subscribe classm-l forename surname
Discussion group:
Discussion group:

Commission on Synagogue Music (USA)

Complex music
Discussion group:

Yosef (Joe) Cohen - folk-pop singer, songwriter
Sidney Goldberg, NJ, U.S.A.
In October 2005 was seeking a composer to write musical scores.
Alexandr Morduhovich - Jewish composer, educator and musician.
Lior Navok - Jewish composer and orchestrator. Based in Israel.
Nikos Pogonatos - pianist, composer, arranger, teacher of music.

Discussion group:
Discussion group: (Stephen Sondheim)


Deciphering hand-writing in old documents
Old documents often require special techniques in deciphering.
For a superficial tutorial see
Scripta Project (Palaeography):

Debbie Friedman

Dolby Laboratories


Early Music
Listserv: listname: earlym-l
Subject: Medieval and Renaissance music
Listserv: med-and-ren-music
Discussion group:
Web: 25 music audio files.

ERIC Database at Syracuse University

Ethnomusicology Research Digest


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions and answers about music)

Film music
Listserv: listname: filmus-l

Films with Jewish characters

Films, Videos and TV Programs of Jewish Interest
Discussion group:
Jewish Film Archive:

Florida State University School of Music
Web: Links to schools, research.

Friedman, see Debbie Friedman, above.


Listserv: listname: jewishgen
Discussion group: news:soc.genealogy.jewish

Discussion group:
Discussion group: (performers)
Discussion group:
Discussion group:

Gilbert & Sullivan Archive

The Gilbert & Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera Company of Long Island, New York, has been performing Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas in Yiddish/English since about 1984. Performances have been given in the United States, Canada and as far afield as London, England, where 'Der Yiddisher Mikado' was performed in London in August 1996.

Gratz College, Melrose Park, PA, U.S.A.
The College offers an MA in Jewish Music program which trains hazzanim and other Jewish music professionals, as well as an extensive library of Jewish music, including the world-renowned Eric Mandell Collection.

Guild of Temple Musicians
See 'Cantors, American Conference of,' above.


Hava Nashira - Jewish Songleaders Resource
Links to music publishers, Jewish songbooks, etc.

Hazan, see Cantor

Hebrew Songs
Shlomo Argamon's Jewish Melodies and Lyrics Page

Hebrew Union College - School of Sacred Music
Web main:
Web resources:
Web search engine:

Hebrew University, Jerusalem
see Jewish Music Research Centre, below

History of Jewish Music
Book title: Jewish Music - Its Historical Development
    Author: Abraham Z. Idelsohn
    Publisher: Dover Publications, New York. 1992.
    Format: paperback, 13.7cm W x 21.6cm H, xxii + 535pp, chapter notes, index
    ISBN: 0-486-27147-1
Roots of Klezmer, see Klezmer/Lost Trails, below.


American Society of Indexers

Indiana University School of Music

Early Musical Instruments
Accordion, concertina, melodeon
Bowed strings
Flute: see Shops/Flute House, below.
French horn
    Stick, The: A parallel-strung, 8, 10 or 12 string fretboard tapping instrument which resembles an electric guitar. Designs are based on the revolutionary two-handed tapping method of parallel hands discovered by Emmett Chapman on guitar in 1969 and taught since then to players around the world.
    Harp of David:
    Extensive notes on history, construction and tuning.
    see also Shops/House of Harrari, below.

Renaissance instruments
Violin and other bowed instruments

Instruments, construction of
Discussion group:

International Society for Jewish Music
Contact the ISJM via Jewish Music Heritage Trust, below.

Internet Radio
JRock! - Broadcast from Jerusalem
Nusach Internet Radio
VJ Radio

Israel Museum
2001: no music resources were found.

Israel, music in
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Music in Israel - Daily listing of all classical music concerts and opera in Israel in English with links to orchestras, choirs, groups and concert halls etc.

Israeli Folk Dancing
Israeli Dance Experience, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Israeli Dances
Rikuday Dor Rishon
    Founded in 1987, this New York group is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the first generation of Israeli folk dances, from the pre-independence era to the reunification of Jerusalem and the post-Six Day War period.
Vintage Israeli Folk Dancing

Israeli Music
Israeli Top 20
Ofra Haza, Singer (1957-2000), Tribute to:
Radio Israel:


JAMS - Jay's Alternatives in Music Education
Early childhood and pre-school music program using Jewish and
secular source material for children aged 0-6 years:

Judy Lewis Group, Israel: jazz rock fusion
Red-Sea Jazz Festival
Discussion group:

Jewish Community music downloads

Jewish lullabies
Tanja Solnik's From Generation to Generation: A Legacy of Lullabies, traditional Jewish lullabies sung in Ladino, Yiddish and Hebrew.
Eleven lullabies sung in Yiddish. Lyrics and translations. RealAudio link.

Jewish Music Heritage Trust
The JMHT has evolved into the Jewish Music Institute which is based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University. See next entry.

Jewish Music Institute
From the JMI web-site: The Jewish Music Institute is an independent arts organisation (non-religious), established in March 2000 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, after 18 years of successful operation under the name of the Jewish Music Heritage Trust. JMI is a national focus bringing Jewish music to the mainstream British cultural arena for people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.

Jewish Music Research Center of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Jewish Music Research Centre of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, founded in 1964 by Prof. Israel Adler, is dedicated to the documentation, research and publication of scholarly materials about Jewish music.

Research encompasses two main areas: ethnomusicology, which deals with Jewish oral traditions, and historically-oriented research based on written documentation. Collecting and studying all documents pertaining to the musical traditions and the musical life of Jewish communities, past and present are primary tasks of the Centre, as well as, preserving these materials, cataloguing and making them accessible to the scholars and individuals interested in Jewish music. The JMRC carries out many projects in conjunction with institutions and researchers in Israel and abroad.

Please see our unique Thesaurus of Jewish Music, a bibliographic and music source, which may be searched by category, tradition, country or author.

Jewish Music WebCenter, maintained by Judy Pinnolis
also Libraries and Archives with Jewish Music Collections

Jewish Music on YouTube

Jewish resources
Avrom's Jewish Music Page
Discussion group:
Discussion group: news:soc.culture.jewish
Discussion group: news:soc.culture.jewish.shoa
Discussion group: news:uk.religion.jewish

Jewish Theological Seminary
Music Archive:

Jewish Virtual Library
Break Forth in Melody and Song:

Jewish Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Tel:+44 (0)20-8441 9087.

Joe Loss Lectureship in Jewish Music
at City University, St John's Street, London EC1, U.K.
Contact: Alexander Knapp

Early in June 2003 a search of the City University web-site at did not produce any significant references to the Joe Loss Lectureship in Jewish Music.

Journal of Synagogue Music
Journal of Jewish Music and Liturgy
Musica Judaica

Judeo-Spanish Vocal Repertory


Karpel Music Publication
Music Publication & Music Notation Service.
There is an English-Hebrew glossary of musical terms.

The Main Klezmer Modes
Ari Davidow's Klezmer page
German Klezmer Page, The
House of Musical Traditions - Klezmer

Lost Trails: Constantin Lupu
on the violin
Lost Trails - Shane Solow's recordings of musicians in northern Romania who play archaic melodies which are a prototype for Klezmer music. They learned the melodies from Jewish musicians who lived in this region before the Second World War. They are some of the last performers who know this tradition.

Yahoo! page of klezmer links

Klezmer and simcha bands

See also Bands, above
See also Radio/Radio@Netscape, below

BaRock Orchestra, founded 1989
    The web-site includes pictures of BaRock players, audio clips and, most unusually,
    a page of detailed geographical directions about how to get to the many venues where they perform. Web:


Cayuga Klezmer Revival (Ithaca, USA)

Chalojmes Klezmer Trio, Zürich, Switzerland.

Cincinnati Klezmer Project

The Freylekh Klezmer Dance Band playing at the Soho Festival, London, 9th July 2006
Freylekh Klezmer Dance Band

David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble

Into the Freylakh

Java Jews Klezmer Band of Iowa, U.S.A.

Kabalas, The (USA)

Klezmania (Australia)

    circa 2002

Klezmer Connection
    Established 1996. Wide variety of Jewish music - klezmer, Yiddish and Israeli, Russian and American (swing, standards, Broadway, jazz); and an a cappella group,focusing on Shomer Shabbat simchas.

Klezmer Festival Band, London, U.K.

Klezmer for Brass 'n' Wood

Klezmer Juice, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Klezmer Swingers, London
    Telephone: +44 (0)20-8550 2352.

Klezmerantics, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Kol Haruach Klezmer Band
Kol Haruach Klezmer Band, Rockville, MD, U.S.A.
    Available for Simchas large and small, the Kol Haruach Klezmer Band has been performing since 2001. Their diverse repertoire includes Klezmer, Israeli, Jazz and Swing. The five piece touring ensemble has been featured in numerous publications including the Washington Post and the Washington Jewish Week.
    Manager: Brian Choper, +1 (0)301-441-8899.

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band (Chicago, USA)

Minsker Kapelye Klezmer Ensemble

Moshe's Bagel

Ot Azoy (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
    Seen playing with verve in Leicester Square, London W1,
    Summer 1997.
    Telephone: +31 (0)20 679 5680
    Facsimile: +31 (0)20 600 6748

Pannónia Klezmer Band, Hungary

Rock & Rollmops, London, U.K.
    Details to follow.

Shir (United Kingdom)

Sokolow, Peter Gary

Svenska Klezmerföreningen

Tantzunlid Klezma Trio, London, U.K.
    Details to follow.

Wholesale Klezmer Band

Yale Klezmer Band (Yale University student band, USA)

Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band (Cleveland, USA. Bert Stratton, +1 216-932-3586)


Ladino, see Choral / Ladinostalgia, above.

Large Print Music
Popular, classical and religious music. 2.5 x normal size.
For details, please send a stamped addressed envelope to
LPM (London), P.O. Box 47, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 3BD, U.K.

Books about Leining
cantillation, chironomy, neginot, ping-pong
In February 2003, Tom Buchler, writing to the Leining list, referred to Edith Gerson-Kiwi's book "Chironomy."
In January 2003, Jarred Abelson wrote to the Leining list: "The Art of Cantillation" by Joshua Jacobson is published by the Jewish Publication Society. It gives a brief history of chironomy, and the hand signals that are/were used.
In January 2003, Judith Pinnolis wrote in Hasafran: I have a review of "Chanting the Hebrew Bible" by Jacobson on my website.
In January 2003, Amy wrote to I learned how to chant by reading "Biblical Chant" by A. W. Binder (Philosophical Library: 1959). I believe you can order it from HUC-JIR.
In December 2002, Tom Buchler wrote to the leining group: "Chanting the Hebrew Bible" by Joshua Jacobson, (c) 2002, The Jewish Publication Society. This 965 page book covers ritual, terminology, a 270 pages of taxonomy of tropes showing how verses are diagrammed into phrases; 75 pages on pronounciation, a 20 page discussion of Masorah, 120 pages describing the cantillation of Torah including melodies and examples, 60 pages regarding parsing the Torah text, 60 pages regarding Haftarah cantillation, and another 200 pages covering High Holidays, special melodies, brachot, and Megillot.
Trope Trainer™ software:
Leining, the method of chanting when reciting the Torah in shul, is the subject of an active discussion group which is moderated by Rabbi David Grossman.
Subscribe, unsubscribe, change your group settings, and much more by clicking on the Leining link at
The Group's leining site is at:
Get more information by sending a blank e-mail to

Another leining discussion group is at

See also chanting, chazzanut, cantillation, neginot, ping-pong leining

Library of Congress
Hebraic Section: Web:
Performing Arts: Web:
Search Tools: Web:

Listserv, see Mailing Lists, below

Lubavitch source. Your computer must be sound-enabled:

Discussion group: (Discussion of song lyrics)


Mailing lists
Information on more than 70,000 mailing lists:
    Find 'culture,' then 'jewish,' then 'jewish music,'
    or send three-word message info jewish-music to
The word 'lizst' here is a humorous replacement for 'list.'
A variant of computer programming language LISP is called 'Franz Lisp.'

Martin Solomon's Celtic and Klezmer DADGAD guitar web-site
Solomon argues that the Celtic guitar tuning of DADGAD instead of the more familiar EADGBE tuning improves
the sound of klezmer. Transcriptions, audio clips.

Maven: Jewish-interest resources in Israel and world-wide, including music.

A 'several times a month' e-mail listing of Jewish-interest Internet resources, including music. To subscribe, go to either of the two Maven web-sites above and click on the SUBSCRIBE button.

MIDI - Musical Instrument Digital Interface:
Discussion group:

MIDI Archives:
Israeli Jewish MIDI Music Library

Movies, see Films, above

The term MP3 is derived from Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG).
MPEG refers to a group of digital video compression standards whereby file compression is achieved by
recording only the changes in succeeding frames.
Motion Picture - [level] 3 (MP3) is a standard whereby files are compressed by removing those parts of
the audio data which are inaudible to the human ear.
Secure Digital Music Initiative, The (SDMI):
Webmonkey's Find/Play MP3 Guide:
ZDNet: MP3 Guide:

    This program is a web-spider. You tell it what music you are looking for and
    it then searches its index of Napster users to find the music. Napster does
    not itself hold music files for distribution. The users, using the Napster browser,
    decide whether or not make files available for supply to other Napster users.
    The original source of the music may be a copyrighted CD.
Macster: Napster for the Apple Mac:

    Unlike Napster which maintains a centralised index of users, Gnutella is
    a free program which is also completely decentralised in the way it operates.
    Music, images and texts may be exchanged. Copyright appears to have no defence
    against this system.

Music Festivals
New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival, 13-25 Sep 2005:

"Music From God"
A project whereby "... decoding the Hebrew letters of the Torah into their own musical notes, we have made the power of the original Hebrew text of the Bible available in the universal language of music." Audio clips.

Music Library Association (USA)

Listserv: listname: mla-l
Send message: subscribe mla-l your_forename your_surname

Music software
ABC musical notation system:
CTI Music downloadable software:
Millennium Music Software:
Mozart Music Processor:
Music Publisher:
Sibelius Software:


Music Styles List
An enormous musical resource with a fairly good indexing method; click on 'styles,' then on 'world,' then on 'Jewish.' Its Jewish section contains pages of links to Chazzanut, Klezmer and Performers.

MuSICA Database - science and theory of music.

Musica Judaica
Editor: Dr. Arbie Orenstein

Musical Instrument Digital Interface
See MIDI, above.

Bart Berman


National Sound Archive (UK), part of the British Library.
Sound files are in RealAudio format.There is a button to download RealPlayer software.

Neginot (cantillation marks):
An outstanding resource is that compiled by Helmut Richter at ...
Eliezer Segal's page offers audio clips for all neginot for Torah and Haftarah:

See Cantillation, above.

New Israeli Opera

Nigun Society for the promotion and exploration of Jewish Music
Editor's note: According to legend, Bubba Fraiga, a celebrated nineteenth-century Galician kneidel-macher, used to hum a nigun when kneading the dough. Its duration and cadence ensured that her kneidlach had the optimum succulence and firmness. You may perhaps find further details about this song and also the little-known 'matza nigun,' a descant or round for nine voices lasting no more and no less than precisely eighteen minutes, on discussion group:

MatzahMan, a battery-operated dancing doll (amputated legs) which also apparently sings "Matzarena" is available from

Nigunim - Bobov Broadcast
Heimische Bobover nigunim

Nigunim at
Dozens of audio files.
English introduction by the Rebbe:

North American Jewish Choral Festival



Opera and theatre
All About Jewish Theatre:
Listserv: listname: opera-l

Discussion group:


Performing Rights, Royalties, etc.
Australian Performing Right Association:
BMI [faulty address, 25 June 2000]:
Performing Right FAQ:
Performing Right Society (UK):
Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers, Canada.

See also "Composers of Classical Music of Jewish Descent " listed under Books, above.
Many of the names listed below were copied from The Dictionary of Jewish Biography,
by Geoffrey Wigoder, ISBN:0-13-210105-X. Some others were copied from

Adler, Samuel Hans and Halevy, Jacques (see Halevy, below)
    Psalm 118, Min Hameitsar
Alexandrovich, Misha
    Russian cantor and singer. Died 2002 aged 88.
    CD from Hatikvah Music (323) 655-7083.
Alkabiz, Solomon
Bajgelman, Dawid (Baigelman, David)
    Born 1888, Ostrowiec. Died 1944, Auschwitz. Violinist, conductor, composer. [more]
Beimel, Jacob
Berlin, Irving, songwriter (1888-1989)

Berstein, Leonard, composer and conductor (1918-1990)
Bloch, Ernst, composer and teacher (1880-1959)
Bogdanski, Majer. Tailor, musician and folklorist.
Cohen, Herman, married daughter of L. Lewandowski
Copland, Aaron, composer
Da Ponte, Lorenzo, librettist (1749-1838)
Damrosch family (of musicians)
Damrosch, Leopold, violinist and composer
Damrosch, Walter Johannes
Einstein, Albert, violinist and physicist
Elman, Mischa, violinist
Feurmann, Emanuel, cellist
Gershwin, George, composer

Goldfaden, Abraham, composer plus other activities
Goldmark, Karl, composer, music teacher (1830-1915)
Goodman, Benny, clarinetist and bandleader
Halevy, Jacques and Adler, Samuel Hans (see Adler, above)
    Psalm 118, Min Hameitsar
Halpern, Feliks Rafal
    Born 1866, Lodz. Died 1942, Lodz Ghetto. Composer, pianist, musical critic. [more]
Heifetz, Jascha, violinist (1900-1987)
Hess, Myra, pianist (1890-1965)
Higgins, Andrea Jill
Horowitz, Vladimir, pianist (married Toscanini's daughter Wanda) (1903-1989)
Huberman, Bronislaw, violinist (1882-1947)
Idelsohn, Abraham Zvi, musicologist
Jacobson, Joshua
    Mah Nishtanah, Psalm 114, Saleynu (Celebrate), Shavu'ot
James, Harry, trumpet player, band leader (1916-1983)
Jolson, Al, entertainer, singer
Katz, Shalom, cantor
Kern, Jerome, composer
King David, harpist
Kiss, Josef, poet, wrote ''Jewish Songs'' book of poetry
Klemperer, Otto, conductor
Kousevitsky, Serge, conductor
Kwartin, Zavel, cantor
Landowska, Wanda, harpsichordist
Lewandowski, Louis, composer and conductor (b. Wreschen 1821, d. Berlin 1894)
Loewenstamm, M.
Mahler, Gustav, composer and conductor (1860-1911)
Mendelssohn-Bartoldy, Felix, composer (1809-1847)
Meyerbeer, Giacomo, composer (1791-1864)
Milhaud, Darius (1892-1974)
Naumberg/Naumbourg, S. arranger
Nelson, Rachelle
Offenbach, Jacques/Jakob, composer (1819-1880)
Oistrakh, David Fedorovich, violinist (1908-1974)
Ormandy, Eugene (born Jeno Blau, Budapest), conductor (1899-1985)
Peerce, Jan (Jacob Pincus Perelmuth), 1904-1984. Tenor and violinist
Piatigorsky, Gregor, cellist (1903-1976)
Pik, T.
Porges, Heinrich. 1837-1900. Disciple of Richard Wagner [more]
Rach, Jochim, composer, Germany (circa 1850)
Richards, Stephen (1935-)
    Avadim Hayinu, Eliyahu Hanavi
Rogers, Richard (& Hammerstein), composer (1902-1979)
Romberg, Sigmund, composer (1887-1951)
Rose, Billy, songwriter and other activities (1899-1966)
Rosenblatt, Joseph, cantor and composer (1882-1933)
Rosenfeld, Morris, poet and songwriter (1862-1923)
Rossi, Salomon de, composer (1570-1630)
Rubenstein, Anton Grigoryevich, pianist, composer (1829-1894)
Rubenstein, Arthur, pianist (1887-1982)
Sachs, Curt, German musicologist, authority on instruments (1881-1959)
Schalit, Heinrich
    Psalm of Thanksgiving
Schlesinger, S.
Schmidt, Joseph, Romanian tenor (1904-1942)
Schnabel, Artur, pianist and composer (1882-1951)
Schoenberg, Arnold, composer (1874-1951)
Schorr, Boruch
Schorr, Israel
Sirota, Gershon Isaac, cantor (1874-1943)
    Pit'chu Li
Straus, Oscar, operetta composer
Stark, Edward
Steinberg, Ben
    Selections from Hallel (Psalms 113-118), Shehecheyanu, Zeh Hayom
Stern, Isaac
    One of the greatist violinists of the 20th century. Born Soviet Union, 1920. Moved to Los Angeles, 1921. Died Manhattan, 2001.
Strassburg, Robert (1915-):
    Psalm 117
Sulzer, Solomon, cantor, composer (1804-1890)
Halleluya (Psalm 111)
Szell, George, conductor, composer (1897-1970)
Szigeti, Joseph, violinist (1892-1973)
Tauber, Richard, tenor (1892-1948)
Tertis, Lionel, violinist (1876-1975)
Tucker, Richard, tenor and cantor (1913-1975)
Tucker, Sophie, singer and entertainer (1884-1966)
Wald, F.
Walter, Bruno. Conductor (1876-1962)
Weill, Kurt, composer (1900-1950)
Weintraub, H.
Wieniawski, Henryk, violinist and composer (1835-1880)
Yose Ben Yose, Hebrew liturgical poet (5th-6th century)

Photographic record of Jazz by Ray Avery

Ping-pong leining
Not the game known as table-tennis, but derived from the side-to-side head movements of the spectators. Ping-pong in the Jewish world refers to the chanting of the Sefer Torah when the reader uses a Chumash with cantillation marks as a guide to trop whilst reading from the unmarked scroll. The reader would point normally with the shamash in the right hand whilst glancing quickly at the Chumash lying on the reading desk at the left side of the scroll.

See also Leining, above.

Literary minded readers of this page may have read "The Mighty Waltzer" by Howard Jacobson. It is about the author's youth and tells about his development into an expert table-tennis player. Whether he also became an expert leiner was not stated.

Pinnolis: Judy Pinnolis' Jewish Music WebCentre






Streaming Jewish Music:

Nusach - Jewish soul music:
Web: [Off-line, 2 June 2003]
Yiddish Voice:

Zionist Rap - Sales proceeds in aid of soldiers 'Missing In Action' in defence of Israel.

Reform Synagogues of Great Britain
Music to accompany the new RSGB Siddur, 2005:

Rice University Fondren Library
Brown Fine Arts Library - Music Resources:

Royal College of Music (London)
No Jewish-interest content. No search facilities.

Royal Academy of Music (London)
You will get much more information from the Telnet link than from the web-site.
Telnet is a pre-Windows non-mouse system and may present you with unfamiliar options. It relies upon typed data entry via the alphabet and number keys, the cursor keys and the return (enter) key. It is easy to use and if you are clever enough to use Internet Explorer or Netscape then you should have no difficulty with Telnet. In its time it gave easy, swift access to enormous on-line resources and may still do so.
Telnet: telnet://
     login: library; a password is not needed.


Schools and conservatories of Jewish music
Ron Shulamit Music Conservatory
         Based in Jerusalem, Israel. Since 1910 has provided quality music and dance education, while bringing the arts to communities across Jerusalem and Israel as a whole, through performances by its ballet troupes, chamber orchestras (including an accordian orchestra), ensembles, and youth choirs.
         The Conservatory now offers a BA degree in Music Education programme for girls, and its "Renaissance of Jewish Music Preservation Project" continues to work to research, record and perform traditional Jewish music from around the world.
    Telephone: +972 2-652-8531

Search Engines
Searching for information with a search engine usually involves getting a great deal of unwanted information. To an extent one can reduce the unwanted references by the use of appropriate search keywords:
  1. jewish music
  2. "jewish music"
  3. jewish AND music
  4. jewish AND music NOT pop
  5. +jewish +music -pop
  6. niggun
  7. jewish AND liturg

Sepharadic Pizmonim - Sepharadic Cantorial pieces
Cantorial pieces, songs and melodies in Ladino, Hebrew,
Judeo-Arabic, French and Spanish. Slow to load.

Sephardic culture and music

Sephardic music
These details and links were kindly provided by Judy Pinnolis
E-mail:, Web:

BSZNet: Gateway to Sephardic Resources. Visit the BSZ Hall of Music!

Moroccan Tunes, part of the Sephardic-Moroccan Page

Tzimmes: a performing group. Moshe Denberg has mounted an excellent history


Judith Cohen's website: a musicologist and performer:
Judy Frankel's website. Her singing is delightful.

Za'atar, a group dedicated to Sephardic and Moroccan music

Sephardim on records: see:

There is also a new book by Kay Shelemay called Let Jasmine Rain Down.
It has an extensive bibliography and should lead one to places of sephardic
score music.

Seventeenth Century Music, Journal of

Shemay Israel, Jewish music and groups

Shlomo Project
Downloadable MP3 tracks containing some Jewish content.

The repertoire of the shofar is generally limited to the bugle-like sounds which accompany the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in the synagogue.'s Shofar Idol:
Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. Kriat Hashofar:
Arthur Finkel, author of The Shofar Sounders Reference Manual and Easy Guide to Shofar Sounding has produced a fascinating web-site:
Michael Chusid, is "an experienced ba’al tekiah – shofar master blaster – and author of Hearing Shofar: The Still Small Voice of the Ram’s Horn. He has taught shofar at Hebrew Union College, American Jewish University, and throughout the US and Canada." His shofar web-site is at
Scott S. Riggi's Shofar timekeeping apparatus and method, 2007:

Playable 6-hole shofar: [includes an audio clip]. This modified shofar would not be kosher for use on the Yomtovim. However, since the Tekiah Gadola blasts of the kosher shofar signal the formal end of Yom Kippur, I should then love to hear a shofar rendering of Hatikvah.
Hear the various shofar notes:

Flute House - discount sales, repairs (Israel)
Freetown Records
Ganeydn Jewish Art and Music
Hatikvah Music:
Hed Arzi Records
House of Harrari - Biblical harps
Jarden Jewish Bookshop
Jewish Music Distribution
Mostly Music
    Excellent indexing of site contents. Downloads, sheet music, albums, songs, etc. Several rabbinic commentaries regarding the halachic implications of copying and downloading.
Past Perfect - digitally re-mastered 1920's, 1930's, 1940's music.
SABRA Music Center
Sounds Write
    Curiously, this Jewish music web-site does not depict any overtly Jewish imagery or symbols in its design. The names of the artistes are 100% kosher!
StagePass A retail site offering an enormous array of books and
    other musical resources. The site has an integral search engine. I entered various
    search keys to determine the number of book items retrieved.Search keys and
    results: hassidic=7 hebrew=19, israel=17, jew*=210, jewish=188, klezmer=24,
    ladino=2, yiddish=8.
Tara - World of Jewish Music
Worldwide Success Records

Alan Lieberman composes tunes and lyrics and sings with guitar accompaniment:
Rachelle Shubert - Contemporary and Traditional Judaic Songs of Love and Inspiration

Nomi Teplow (Israeli vocalist. Contemporary Jewish music concerts in Israel and U.S.A.

Society for the Promotion of Jewish Liturgical Music
No details are currently available [July 2004] but there is a reference to the Society at

Shir B'Yachad Jewish song group
    Meets once a month in the London, U.K., area and welcomes everyone who enjoys singing to learn, teach and share Jewish songs of all types, learning informally by ear using song sheets with transliterated words. All levels of musical ability welcome, including none. Led by experienced song leaders and teachers. Informal and friendly atmosphere. Cost £3. Get more information from Diane [].
Hava Nashira
    Jewish music of the people, by the people, and for the people of the Hava Nashira songleaders' community

Song writing

Songs a site to learn Jewish songs through MIDI and audio samples.
Links to resources for on-line Jewish music.

Sound archives
Discussion group: news:alt.binaries.sounds.d discussion
Discussion group:

This has nothing at all to do with dinosaurs. The name is derived from the Greek stegein grajein or "covered writing." It is the science of hiding data within other data. Digitised music and pictures are ideal media for this purpose. Uses of steganography include hiding your name, serial numbers and copyright information in various places in your digitised music in the hope that it may prove valuable in court against counterfeiters. The hidden data is almost impossible to detect. The process is also known as watermarking and fingerprinting. The brand-name 'Steganos' is in use [2002] for a computer security product.
British Computer Society - Software Protection Specialist Group:

A book which deals extensively with this subject is Disappearing Cryptography by Peter Wayner. ISBN: 0-12-738671-8.

Symposium on Jewish Music, Edinburgh, 1996


Tallis Consultancy
    A service offered by British Telecommunications PLC. It has
    nothing to do with Thomas Tallis, music or talleisim.
    ... is an information services company which provides library management systems.

See Yiddish/Tangele, below

Transcontinental Music Publications
This is a division of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
It is the largest publisher of Jewish choral and solo music in
North America.


Union of American Hebrew Congregations - Music


See Films, above.


Women in Jewish Music
International Alliance for Women in Music search engine
Use 'jewish' as search key:

Karen Daniel:
Judy Caplan Ginsburgh: Also offers simultaneous singing + signing.
Women Cantor's Network members' pages:





Yahoo! Jewish music page of links

A Sudenyu Of Yiddish Song

Gilbert & Sullivan plays in Yiddish: see Gilbert & Sullivan Archive, above.
Helen Winkler's Yiddish Dance Page

Hollander Booksellers - Yiddish sheet music:

The Jewish Culture and the Yiddish language

Jozef der gasnsinger

Kame'a music web-site

Lithuanian Jews revive Yiddish, by Laura Sheeter, BBC News, Vilnius [30-1-2007]

Medem-Bibliotek is the largest library and archive of Yiddish books


Nikos Pogonatos - Pianist, Yiddish music

Nizza Thobi ("Forget Klesmer - Nizza Thobi revives Yiddish!")

Oxford Institute of Yiddish Studies

Robert Freedman Yiddish Song Database



Yiddish on computers - Understanding Yiddish Information Processing

Yiddish-American music

Yiddish Is Forever:
    October 2002: Yiddish Is Forever, a 3 CD-box, 48 songs, more than 3 hours of music.

Yiddish Melodies - Mame-Loshn 2000: Illustrations to the Moisey Beregovskys' song collection

YiddishNet e-mail newsletter

Yiddish Voice, The [Internet radio]


Zemerl - Jewish Song Database
An interactive, comprehensive on-line database of Jewish songs,
including lyrics, information, sound clips, and other on-line resources
for Jewish music.
Source: Maven, 25 May 1999

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