Jonathan Friedmann


Jonathan L. Friedmann is a cantor, composer, biblical scholar, and musicologist. He received Cantorial Ordination and a Masters in Jewish Sacred Music from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, where he is currently Professor of Jewish Music History. He also holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Religious Studies from California State University, Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the joint program of North-West University and Greenwich School of Theology.

A prolific writer, Cantor Friedmann has published hundreds of popular and peer-reviewed articles on music and religion and has authored or edited over a dozen books, including Synagogue Song: An Introduction to Concepts, Theories, and Customs (McFarland), Social Functions of Synagogue Song: A Durkheimian Approach (Lexington) and Music in the Hebrew Bible: Understanding References in the Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim (McFarland).

In addition to teaching at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, Jonathan is Cantor of Bet Knesset Bamidbar, Las Vegas, NV, and Community Leader and Education Director of Adat Chaverim—Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Los Angeles, and Historical Music Editor for the Western States Jewish History Journal.


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