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Publication Date: September 1978

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Richard J. Neumann

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 55-1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Culture and religion (Music)

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Artistic Expression; Identity formation

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author argues that Jewish communal organizations should promote a regeneration of Jewish "life-style music" such as lullabies, love-songs, and table-songs, as a method of preserving Jewish identity. Rather than focusing on professional performance events, the author advocates encouraging Jewish laypeople to sing Jewish songs as part of their day-to-day lives, and calls for a proliferation of workshops to teach Jewish songs to Jews of all ages.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.55 no.1, Fall 1978.