CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Monday, November 2, 1998

Music, Spirit & Scholarship: 
The Legacy of Eduard Birnbaum




Sunday, November 22, 1998
8:30 Registration and Breakfast
9:15 Welcome
Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, President, HUC-JIR
9:30-12:30 Discovering The Birnbaum Collection: 
Lectures with Musical Illustrations by SSM Students
Dr. Mark Kligman, Chair
Professor John Planer 
    "Introduction to the Birnbaum Collection"
Professor Eliyahu Schleifer 
    "Dreams and Melodies: Tunes for the Priestly Benediction in the Birnbaum Collection"
Professor Edwin Seroussi 
    "Unexpected Contributions of The Birnbaum Collection to the Study of 
    Sephardic Liturgical Music"
Professor Philip Bohlman 
    "Self-Reflecting Self: Eduard Birnbaum & The Age of Jewish Music Collection"
12:45-1:45 Lunch 
Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, Chancellor, HUC-JIR
2:00-3:15 Investigating The Birnbaum Collection
John Planer, Chair
Professor Israel Adler 
    "The Eduard Birnbaum Collection: An Unexhausted Challenge for Jewish Musicology"
Dr. Neil Levin 
    "Shlomo (Kashten) Weintraub: A Precursor in the Development of Modern Synagogue Music"
  Jewish Music History I*
Professor Eliyahu Schleifer 
    "From the Bible to Hassidism"
  Cantorial Workshop
Dr. Mark Kligman 
    "Teaching Jewish Music History: Printed Materials and Recordings." 
    Resource material for teaching Adult Education will be presented.
3:30-5:30 Performances from The Birnbaum Collection:
Recital presented by SSM students and the Collegium Musicum of New York University

This recital will feature the earliest notated examples of Jewish liturgical music, including melodies found in 18th century manuscripts, choral music, and cantorial recitatives. Music employing the unique style of the meshorerim, a boy soprano and bass musical assistants, will also be demonstrated.
5:45 Ma'ariv Service
Cantor Don Gurney
6:00 Dinner in Honor of the SSM Faculty Emeriti
Award presentations by Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, President; Cantor Israel Goldstein, Director, SSM; and Dr. Paul M. Steinberg, Special Assistant to the President
8:00 SOLD OUT! 
Celebrating the Past and Present: A Jubilee Concert

Cantor Lori Corrsin and Joyce Rosenzweig, Co-chairs
This concert will feature choral works from The Birnbaum Collection, including compositions and arrangements by Eduard Birnbaum, and the premiere of new works by composers Jack Gottlieb, Stephen Richards, Benjie Ellen Schiller, Eliyahu Schleifer, William Sharlin, Bonia Shur and Ben Steinberg, performed by SSM students and alumni with Joyce Rosenzweig, pianist. 
Monday, November 23, 1998
9:00-10:15 Shacharit Service
Cantor Sharon Kohn and Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Dean, HUC-JIR/New York
D'var Torah, Dr. Norman J. Cohen, Provost, HUC-JIR
10:30-12:30 The Changing Role of the Shaliach Tzibbur
Benjie Ellen Schiller, Chair
Reverend Virgil C. Funk
Professor Lawrence A. Hoffman
Cantor Sheldon F. Merel
Cantor Sarah J. Sager
Cantor Debra Stein-Davidson
12:45-2:00 Lunch
Rabbi-Cantor Jon R. Haddon
2:15-4:15 The School of Sacred Music:
Scholarship, Traditional Chazzanut, Composition

Dr. Philip E. Miller, Chair
Cantor Bruce Ruben, Ph.D. 
    "History of the School of Sacred Music"
Professor Eliyahu Schleifer 
    "The Scholarship of Idelsohn, Ephros, and Werner"
Cantor Israel Goldstein 
    "Israel Alter"
Dr. Mark Kligman 
    "Composers of the SSM: Isadore Freed"
6:30-8:00 Jewish Music History II*
Professor Edwin Seroussi 
    "Sephardic Music"

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.