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Jonathan L. Friedmann

Is a cantor, composer, biblical scholar, and musicologist. He is Professor of Jewish Music History at the Academy for Jewish Religion California (AJRCA), Extraordinary Associate Professor of Theology at North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa (NWU), and a Postdoctoral Fellow at NWU in Musical Arts in South Africa: Resources and Applications. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Religious Studies from California State University, Long Beach, Cantorial Ordination and a Masters in Jewish Sacred Music from AJRCA, and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the joint program of NWU and Greenwich School of Theology. He is Historical Musical Editor for Western States Jewish History, and the author or editor of sixteen books on music and religion.

Jews, Music and the American West: Portraits of Pioneers

“This book brings together unsung voices of composers, performers, and music enthusiasts who helped pave our Jewish cultural landscape in the Western States. Well researched and engagingly told, their stories shed light on two areas historians of American Judaism often overlook: our music and the American West.”
-- David W. Epstein, Publisher, Western States Jewish History
Director, Jewish Museum of the American West,

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Introduction to Jews, Music and the American West

“Jonathan Friedmann has made a most welcome and admirable contribution to Western American Judaica with these selected case studies of Jewish music in the West...Friedmann’s scholarship is impeccable and the narratives he has recounted with such care and fidelity are about the dedication of men and women in the world of Jewish music who should serve as an enduring source of inspiration to us all.”
-- William H. Rosar
Editor, The Journal of Film Music

“An interesting and delightfully readable look at the various—and varied—musical activities that shaped the lives of the Jews (and non-Jews) of the American West.”
-- Jeff Janeczko
Curator, Milken Archive of Jewish Music

ISBN: 9781935604822. Paper. $18.00. 148 pages 

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