In November of 2009 the world of Jewish music lost one of its champions when Barry Serota died suddenly of a heart attack. For many years he was the director of Musique International recordings. He issued many recordings of Jewish music, especially Cantorials. His recordings always were of the highest quality with great liner notes, recording dates and other information which was of great value. Information, I might add, that is sorely lacking in many other re-issue albums of records from the 78 rpm era. I have for many years used his recordings on the program and had occasion to speak with him a couple of times. He was a very nice man and I enjoyed speaking with him.   His mother has donated the entire library to the Florida Atlantic Jewish Music Archive which I urge you to check out. For some strange reason the website won’t transfer straight, so just google Florida Atlantic University Jewish Music Archive and you can click on to it. There are literally thousands of recordings to listen to and they are doing a great job of not only assembling and archiving the material but of sharing it with those who want to hear it which is really great! Check it out and enjoy!!



Our program for September 18th is our special Slichos program with great and rare recordings from the Slichos service presented in the following order. I have given recording dates and other information where available:

L’Chu Neraneno (Come Let Us Sing To The Lord)-Chicago Pirchei Choir-1982

Shomer Yisroel (Guardian Of Israel)-Reb Yankel Erblich-1995

Achas Shoalty (Psalm 27)-Cantor Sholom Katz (1914-1982)-recorded 1959

B’Motzoei Menucha (At The Outgoing Of The Day Of Rest)-Cantor Avi Albrecht and the Beth Tfiloh Choir, Baltimore, Md.-Recorded live 2001

Hashto Ba’Golo (Speedily And Soon)-Cantor Leibele Waldman (1907-1969)-Recorded 1956

Shema Koleinu (Hear Our Cry)-Cantor Benjamin Warshawski and choir-Recorded in concert 1997

Retzei Asirosom (Be Pleased With Our Prayer)-Cantor Shabsai Ackerman-1958

L’Chu Neraneno (Come Let Us Sing To The Lord)-Cantor Jeffrey Nadel and the Beth Sholom Choir-Recorded live in Washington, D.C.-1992

Chassidic Kaddish-Cantor David Kusevitzky (1912-1985) and choir, Herman Zalis conductor-1952

Misratse B’Rachamim (Have Mercy)-Cantor Moshe Stern (1935–)-Recorded 1971

T’Vienu-Cantor Abraham Denburg and Choir-Bnai Israel, Baltimore, Md.-Recorded live, 2002

Rachmono D’Onay (Merciful Gd, Save)-Cantor Abraham Denburg and Choir, Dr. Steve Glasser, soloist. Recorded live at Cong. B’nai Israel, Baltimore, Md.-2002

Aneinu (Answer Us)-Cantor Ihil Gildin (1914-1967)-Recorded late 1950’s in Mexico

All in all a great lineup of prayers from the Slichos service culled from many different eras and artists. Music guaranteed to touch you and get you ready for the holidays. Enjoy!!

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