Contemporary Jewish Music in America

By Mark Kligman

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jewish Publication Society (JPS), 2001

Jewish music in America has become a growth industry over the past few decades. Beyond the numbers, the Jewish music being created, performed, preserved, and disseminated reflects the changes that have taken place in American Jewish life and represents a quintessentially American Jewish phenomenon. This essay addresses the following characteristics of contemporary Jewish music: the nature of the music, how traditional motifs are made into something "new", the identity of the new music's creators, the function it plays in Jewish life, and the reasons why it has become a growth industry.

Topic: Reform Judaism, History, Art, Tradition, Artistic Expression, Masorti Judaism, Orthodox Judaism, Jewish Identity, Conservative Judaism, Music, Identity

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Editor: Grossman, Lawrence , Singer, David

Volume/Issue: Vol. 101

Page Number(s): 88-144

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kligman, Mark. Contemporary Jewish Music in America. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jewish Publication Society (JPS). 2001: 88-144. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14722


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