Classical Reform Videos, Music, and Audio Files – A New Feature on Our Website!

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As a part of our commitment to providing Classical Reform resources, we are now posting videos and audio files of Classical Reform Services and educational programs. You will find these videos under the “Videos” tab in the menu bar. There are four videos currently posted.  They are:

In the Majesty of Holiness: A Service in the Classical Reform Heritage 

In the Majesty of Holiness: A Worship Service in the Classical Reform Heritage from Classical Reform Judaism on Vimeo.

This service was performed at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, on April 11, 2013, and was co-sponsored by the Society for Classical Reform Judaism. It includes a review of the lives and compositions of three major Reform Jewish composers – Bonia Shur, Cantor Boris Schatz and Cantor William Sharlin.

An Introduction to the Society for Classical Reform Judaism by Rabbi Howard Berman. This is an excerpt from the video:  In the Majesty of Holiness. In this clip, Rabbi Howard Berman talks about the history and mission of the Society.

The Lives and Music of  Three Major Reform Jewish Composers: Bonia Shur, Cantor William Sharlin, and Cantor Boris Schatz. In this excerpt from the video of the Service: In the Majesty of Holiness, Cantor Tamar Heather Havilio, Head of Cantorial Studies, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem, introduces us to the colorful and soulful lives and music of three major Reform Jewish composers. Some of the composers’ compositions are highlighted in her talk and in this worship service that was held at Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem, on April 11, 2103. The service was co-sponsored by the Society for Classical Reform Judaism.

A Festive Evening Service in the Classical Reform Heritage. This service was held in March, 2012, at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. It was co-sponsored by the Society for Classical Reform Judaism, and was part of the Society’s Inaugural Institute on the Jerusalem campus. The service includes choral music, prayers and readings from the Union Prayer Book.

You will find our AUDIO FILES under the Music/Audio tab in the menu bar. Under this tab, you will find:

You Shall Love The Eternal God, composed by Cantor Erik Contzius and performed by Cantor Evan Cohen and Cantor Yvon Shore, and several music tracks from the Society’s CD:

Come O Sabbath Day!
A Sabbath Eve Worship in the Tradition of Classical Reform Judaism


This first production in our new series of CD’s features a Sabbath Service from the Union Prayer Book – Sinai Edition, conducted by Rabbi Howard A. Berman, with music performed by Cantor Erik Contzius accompanied by choir and organ. The beautiful musical selections include both great historic masterpieces of the Reform repertoire, as well as newly composed choral works by today’s leading synagogue composers. A specially prepared booklet with the complete Prayer Book text of the program enables listeners to follow the Service as a personal worship experience. We know that you will find this program meaningful and that it will enable many people to experience the beauty and inspiration of the historic Reform worship traditions that we cherish.  The following musical pieces can be heard on our website, under the Music/Audio tab, on the Come O Sabbath Day CD entry.

Come O Sabbath Day (CD)

  • Come, O Sabbath Day
  • Candle Blessing for Shabbath
  • Tov L’hodot (Psalm 92)
  • Bar’chu
  • Shema
  • You Shall Love the Eternal God


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