Stories of Music

Sharing the Sounds and Stories that Embody the American Jewish Experience

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Engage your congregants and constituents to think about their lives and histories in America in new and different ways. Stories of Music is a turnkey adult education project of the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Our goal is to provide prepared lesson on a broad range of musically related topics to engage participants in adult education programs to think about the American Jewish experience through stories of the evolving nature of Jewish music.

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Special Thanks

We are deeply grateful to the two people who wrote these lessons:

Lorry Black, DMA, Associate Director, Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience
Rabbi Dr. J.B. Sacks, Educational and Curriculum Specialist, Stories of Music; Rabbi, Congregation Am HaYam (Ventura, CA)

And our gratitude extends to our team of pedagogic advisors and reviewers:
Mark Kligman, PhD, Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music, UCLA
Dr. Susan Helfter, USC Thorton School of Music
Rabbi Devin Villarreal, Thrive Educational Services
Cantor Sheldon Levin, Congregation Neve Shalom (Metuchen, NJ)
Cantor Julie Berlin, Temple Beth-El (San Antonio, TX)
Rabbi Adam Schaffer, Temple Aliyah (Woodland Hills, CA)