One of the most iconic Jewish figures of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein was born August 25, 1918, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Although he passed away in 1990, his legacy—including inspiring thousands of young musicians around the world—will live on for generations.
July 21st marks the three-year yarzheit (death anniversary) of actor, singer, Zionist and peace activist, Theodore Bikel. In celebration of his life and work, we are releasing a new Spotlight Series video that we recorded with Bikel and his wife Aimee who narrates the short documentary.
The question, "what do a rabbi, Jesus and Darius Milhaud have in common?" may sound like the setup to a joke. The punchline, in this case is both fascinating and revealing: they were Dave Brubeck's three most influential teachers.
The setting is Poland during the early years of the Second World War. A young woman and her parents hide as Jews are being rounded up into ghettoes and shipped off to concentration camps. The young woman gives birth to a child.
Jewish Heritage Month and Chamber Music Month is winding down, and we hope you've been enjoying daily additions to our Spotify playlist highlighting some of our favorite works in the genre.
May is Jewish American Heritage Month in the U. S. The official JAHM website says this month is all about "paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society" — a subject that we proudly promote year-round.
*“Sometimes the Best Parts Are in the Mistakes”* — Herbie Hancock That was Herbie Hancock’s advice to composer Jonathan Klein when he was interviewed recently about his role in the 1968 recording of a Jewish jazz sacred service.
Not for Your own sake do You want sacrificial gifts Only for those disappointed in Your love. Blasphemy pains You less Than people’s despair. The lines above are excerpted from a poem Abraham Joshua Heschel composed on the central issue that would define his life: the relationship between God and man.
The Festivals of Passover and Hanukkah share a few things in common. Both are associated with important historical narratives. And both often coincide with Christian holidays that also have some significance in the secular world.
Tablet Magazine's feature story today details the 50-year history of a jazz sacred service titled Hear O Israel, the definitive recording of which is part of the Milken Archive's permanent collection.