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Leon Hyman, Choirmaster

Leading the choir since 1955, Mr. Hyman is Professor emeritus of Montclair State University where he served on the conducting faculty. He taught conducting and conducted ensembles at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Juilliard School. Mr. Hyman is the music director/conductor of the New Philharmonic of New Jersey (Morristown), which he co­founded in 1978. 


Several compositions by Leon Hyman were introduced into Shearith Israel Choir's repetoire in 2014 and 2015.  These are sung occasionally throughout the year during services. You can listen to several of these below; they were recorded live (not professionally) at our Annual Gala in 2016:

Ubnuho Yomar (Dedicated in memory of Abraham Hyman)

Yehi Hasdekha (Dedicated in memory of Rebecca Hyman)



A few of Mr. Hyman's compositions for our choir have not yet become a regular part of our repetoire. These are:

Mizmor LeDavid (Psalm 23)


Emet Malkenu (See below) 



Twenty First Street Cemetery

In August of 1829, Shearith Israel’s third cemetery was consecrated.  It was located on Twenty First Street just west of Sixth Avenue

Beth Olam Cemetery

Beth Olam Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens has provided for the burials of our congregation since 1851 and will continue to do so for many years to come.