synagogue music

Women Cantors

How Jewish women worked their way into the field of synagogue music.

The Nigun

A mystical musical prayer introduced by Hasidism.

Cantorial Music

Learning to appreciate hazzanut (cantorial music)

Yossele Rosenblatt’s Later Career

The talented cantor Yossele Rosenblatt (1882-1933) becomes an international star.

Yossele Rosenblatt

The cantor whose religious observance led him to reject some offers of fame and fortune.

Nusah: The Music of Prayer

Traditional musical motifs, called nusah, give each service of Jewish prayer a distinct sound.

Cantillation: Chanting, or Leyning, the Bible

Today the Bible is chanted in synagogues with an intricate musical system, but the practice began with one man projecting in a marketplace.

Synagogue Music

The music of the synagogue celebrates both the diversity and unity of the Jewish people.

Synagogue & Religious Music

An overview of synagogue and religious music, including cantillation, nusah, the nigun, cantors and cantorial music, and the influence of prayer in the synagogue.

The Music of Shlomo Carlebach

Though not necessarily written for worship, neo-Hasidic melodies quickly found their way into the synagogue.