A SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE REFORM ADVOCATE: AN INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL REFORM MUSIC

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Our Reform Musical Tradition: Some Personal Reflections
Rabbi Howard A. Berman
Executive Director, The Society for Classical Reform Judaism

The Choir of the Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue, Berlin, Preserves the Great German Reform Musical Tradition
The Choir of the Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue, Berlin, Preserves the Great German Reform Musical Tradition

One of the most distinctive dimensions and enduring legacies of the Classical Reform tradition is the great repertoire of liturgical music that our Movement has created over the past two centuries. The early Reformers were guided by the overarching themes of our history – affirming Judaism’s characteristic integration of uniquely Jewish values and observance within the broader social environments in which our people have lived. They fully embraced the cultural and intellectual progress of the modern age as inherently compatible with Jewish tradition and identity. These values were the context for the emergence of new expressions of Jewish life and worship that reflected the different artistic and cultural settings of modern Europe and America
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