“‘I Will Sing and Make Music’: Jewish Music and Musicians Throughout the Ages”


Omaha Jewish Community Center and Creighton University
October 29-30, 2006

Our Sincere Thanks to the Following for Making This Event Possible:

The Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, Creighton University The Norman & Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


The Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Creighton University
The Jewish Federation of Omaha

Generous support is also provided by:
The Ike and Roz Friedman Foundation Dorothy and Henry Riekes
The Karen Sokolof Javitch Charitable Foundation
The Karen Sokolof Javitch Music Appreciation Fund
The Creighton College of Arts and Sciences
The Henry Monsky Lodge of B'nai B'rith
The Dr. Bruce S. Bloom Memorial Endowment
The Center for Jewish Education Creighton University Committee on Lecture, Films, and Concerts

And others

SUNDAY, October 29, 2006
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All sessions held at the Omaha Jewish Community Center, 333 South 132nd Street


10:30 – 11:55

Session I

10:30 – 11:10

Theodore Albrecht, Kent State University
"Beethoven’s Quotation of Kol Nidrei? A Circumstantial Case for Sherlock Holmes"

11:15 – 11:55

Paula Eisenstein Baker, University of St. Thomas, Houston
"Leo Zeitlin and the Early Twentieth Century Society for Jewish Folk Music"

12:00 – 1:10


1:15 – 3:25


1:15 – 1:55

Susan M. Filler, Chicago, IL
"The Music of Yiddish Theater and Its Influence on Broadway"

2:00 – 2:40

Joel E. Rubin, University of Virginia
"'They Danced It, We Played It’: Adaptation and Revitalization in Post-1920s New York Klezmer Music"

2:45 – 3:25

Emily A. Bell, University of Florida
"Revitalizing the Synagogue Ritual: Cantor David Putterman’s Annual Service of New Music at New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue"

3:25 – 3:35


3:35 – 5:00


3:35 – 4:15

Daniel Jütte, University of Heidelberg
"Public Space and Jewish Music in Renaissance Italy"

4:20 – 5:00

Rita Ottens, City University of London
"‘It’ll Still Take Some Time Until We Will Get Over It’: A Field Report from the Klezmer Scene of the New Germany"



Evening Program at the Omaha Jewish Community Center, 333 South 132nd Street

7:30 p.m.



Joshua Jacobson, Northeastern University and
Director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston
“ Jewish Music: What Is That?”

Chorale Performance:

Master Singers, along with local Cantors and members of the community
Salamone Rossi, “Haleluyah”
Louis Lewandowski, “Halleluyaw”
Benji Ellen Schiller, “Halleluhu”

MONDAY, October 30, 2006
8:45 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.

At the Creighton University Skutt Student Center




8:45 – 9:25

Charles Jurgensmeier, S.J., Creighton University
“Solomon Sulzer and Franz Schubert: A Musical Collaboration”

9:30 – 10:10

Anat Feinberg, College of Jewish Studies, Heidelberg
“To Play or Not to Play: Jewish Musicians in Germany after 1945”

10:10- 10:20




10:20 – 11:00

Charles Isbell, Louisiana State University
“Musical Notations in the Biblical Book of Psalms”

11:05 – 11:45

Marsha Bryan Edelman, Gratz College
“What Do You Mean, ‘It Doesn’t Sound Jewish’? Debunking Myths and Defining Models for Extra-Liturgical Music”

11:50 – 12:30

Daniel W. Clanton, Jr., Englewood, CO
“‘From Biblical Times to Lyrical Rhymes’: The Assertion of Jewish Identity in Music as Cultural Resistance”



12:30 – 2:00


12:30 – 1:15


1:20 – 2:00

Rabbi Jonathan Gross, Beth Israel Synagogue, Omaha
“Make a Note of That: The Importance of Cantilations in Understanding the Torah”

2:30 – 4:20


2:30 – 3:20

Cantor Wendy Shermet, Temple Israel, Omaha
“The Making of a Cantor”

3:30 – 4:20

Cantor Gaston Bogomolni, Beth El Synagogue, Omaha
“The World of Sephardic Music”