Fiddler on the Roof Lyricist Sheldon Harnick and Conductor Judith Clurman Present to HUC-JIR/NY Community

Friday, February 1, 2008

(Cantor Bruce Ruben, Director of the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR/NY, introduces Judith Clurman and Sheldon Harnick)


(Clurman and Harnick discuss the creation of Fiddler on the Roof)


The School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR/New York featured a discussion with Sheldon Harnick, renowned lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof and other works for Broadway and film, moderated by choral conductor Judith Clurman, on February 20, 2008. 

Harnick opened by singing a rendition of 'Sunrise, Sunset,' accompanied by Clurman, and then spoke to hundreds of HUC-JIR students, faculty, staff, Board members, guests, and media about his career, notably his collaboration with composer Jerry Bock on Fiddler on the Roof

The Masters Series, made possible by a generous contribution by Miriam Pollack Rehmar, in memory of her husband Dr. Michael Rehmar, provides the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion community with the opportunity to learn from Jewish musicians and artists who have made a lasting impact on American culture. Other artists in this year's series have included noted opera performer Regina Resnick and celebrated film composer Howard Shore.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to 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, 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.