What Is Jewish Music?

Segment 1 looks at the question, What is Jewish music? and by extension, Who is a Jewish composer?

It considers issues of genre, geography, musical traditions and the scope of our investigation (i.e., why we are not considering songwriters or Jewish composers who did not compose music with explicitly Jewish content).

Members of the panel include:

  • Joshua Jacobson (moderator), professor of music and director of choral activities, Northeastern University; founder and artistic director, Zamir Chorale of Boston; and senior adviser to the Hebrew College School of Jewish Music
  • Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president, Hebrew College
  • Cantor Brian J. Mayer, dean, School of Jewish Music, Hebrew College
  • Judith S. Pinnolis, humanities librarian, Library and Technology Services, Brandeis University