The History of Jewish Music

Together we will explore the background and development of our synagogue prayers modes called "Nusach," the historical background of the different types of Torah cantillation called "Tropes," and the ancient liturgical poems known as "Piyutim" that most Jews know by their initial stanzas such as Adon Olam and Yigdal. We will also explore the magnificent tradition of European Jewish music and familiar contemporary and beloved pieces. Whether you are a synagogue regular or just occasionally, this class will help you appreciate the spiritual music experience.

The first class will focus on the unique ancient instruments and the important role of music performed by the Levites at the Holy Temple. We will also learn about the development of Torah, Haftarah and Megillot tropes and the evolution of "Nusach" — the prayer modes and how it relates to our modern musical worship. The 75-minute class is accompanied by musical examples and videos.

Register for one or all 4 classes, Every other Tuesday. Here are the dates

Winter Mini Course | Every other Tuesday at 6:30 pm
Feb 5th, Feb 19th, March 5th, March 19th.

If you have any questions, please contact Cantor Kidron.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Or Olam — The East 55th Street Synagogue
308 E. 55th St.
New York, NY 10022


Cantor Shiree Kidron


$25 per class

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