com)-- Temple Sinai Welcomes American Soprano Heather Klein as New Cantorial
JTS had women in the cantorial
program, but not as rabbis yet.
With more than 100 albums, in-depth essays and liner notes, oral histories, a 13-episode radio series hosted by Leonard Nimoy, and a vast collection of videos, the collection represents more than 200 composers and spans genres ranging from classical, klezmer and cantorial
to Sephardi, Yiddish theater, jazz and more.
Kaplan was a life-long member of Temples Emanuel and Sinai, where he was also a cantorial
soloist for 20 years, serving at each Temple.
Their sung music (performed by Abohay Aminov, Rafael Badalbaev, and Rustam Khodjimamedov) evoked both cantorial
(Sephardic and Ashkenazic) and imam/ezan Muslim vocal traditions, and their instrumental music showed both monophonic and polyphonic styles.
In Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot , these two incomparable virtuosos unite for an evening of cantorial
masterpieces, Yiddish folk and theater tunes, Hassidic melodies, and klezmer instrumentals.
The final section, "Selling Judaism: Capitalism and Reshaping of Jewish Religious Culture," deals with the transformation of Jewish organizational and religious life from an early period that emphasized its pious separation from the practical concerns of modern life to an era of compromise wherein staples of religious ritual--including cantorial
singing and matzah--could be distributed through technology and the American marketplace to achieve new levels of popularity and influence without detracting from their spiritual value--a significant transformation, indeed.
With potential for interest from audiences outside religious studies, the topics are diverse: Paul and the emotional diversity of the Hellenistic meal; the metamorphosis of the monolithic in the Bible to the fragmented in rabbinic thought; emotional excitement in cantorial
recitatives; emotional and cognitive rhythms in Jewish ritual music; the McCauley-Lawson theory; and a new method for analyzing emotions in Jewish texts.
Lanzmann also includes a lengthy cantorial
rendition of a memorial prayer.
Danny Maseng, an Israeli national and cantorial
soloist, known worldwide, served the Congregation from 1994 through 1999.
Klezmer, in its various forms, is a mixture of pre-World War II cantorial
Jewish and Yiddish music played throughout eastern European countries, but brought up to date for the 21st century for those who play it.
Old-school cantor group The Afro-Semitic Experience lives up to their name in their new album, Further Definitions of the Days of Awe, a celebration of cantorial
music highlighted with elements of jazz, Latin, Afrobeat and soul.