In 1950, an important anthology of Jewish songs, The Songs We Sing, was published by the United Synagogue of America (the lay umbrella organization of the Conservative movement). The collection was compiled and edited by Harry Coopersmith, an influential Jewish music educator and music director of the Board of Jewish Education in New York City. Bernstein’s setting, as a round, of an excerpt from this well-known hymn appears in section 3, entitled “Favorite Songs—Old and New.” Some instrumental touches have been added for this recording to augment the accompaniment.
Sung in Hebrew
We exalt and praise the presence of the living God;
His existence and being transcend all time - was, is, and will forever be.
His essence is unity - His uniqueness lies in His oneness, He is unlike any other unity;
That oneness is inscrutable and without end.
Praised be His glorious name for all eternity.
Performers: Samuel Adler, Conductor; Eastman Players; Rochester Singers, Choir
Publisher: Universal Polygram International Publishing