This lesson will explore how music of Israel grew in the consciousness of American Jews and penetrated American culture generally. American Jewry formulated its own brand of Zionism, which supported the enterprise in Palestine but remained committed to life in America. The Israeli music that penetrated American Jewish life seems to buttress this idea.
Through this lesson, learners will understand that:
- Israeli music was a primary means through which American Jews were exposed to Israeli culture and Zionism, and became and remained connected to Eretz Yisrael.
- Israeli music grew in impact on the synagogue and in Jewish education efforts, formal and informal, as American Zionism took hold.
- The “sound” of Israeli music has influenced the composition of Jewish American Composers.
- American Jews’ integration and distribution of Israeli music reflects the contemporaneous relationship of American Jews to Israel.
- After the rise of the State of Israel in 1948, Israeli musical forms began to penetrate American culture more broadly.