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Leon Kramer

Leon M. Kramer (1865–1943)

Leon M. Kramer was choirmaster of Shearith Israel from 1883-1943.  He was educated in Berlin where he had won prizes for composition at a young age.  He composed several pieces for our choir that remain in our repetoire today.  He also arranged a large part of our music in 4 part harmony.  Many of his original transcriptions are extant in our archives.  He began publishing the music of our synagoge but did not complete the work. One volume (consisting of the music for Friday Night) was published posthumously with the aid of his succesor, Oskar Gutmann.  In addition to his work at Shearith Israel, Kramer founded the "Halevy Hebrew Singing Society" a popular Jewish chorus during the first half of the 20th century.  He was devoted to music education among the poor and served as musical director of the Educational Alliance and founded the Music school of the YMHA.


Misheberakh (Leon M. Kramer)

Emet Malkenu (Leon M. Kramer)

Yehi Hasdekha (Leon M. Kramer)

Mizmor LeDavid: Psalm 23 (Leon M. Kramer)

El Erekh Apayim (Leon M. Kramer)


Omer Board

Shearith Israel’s “Omer Board” dates back to the Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, and may indeed go back to the early years of the Congregation’s history. 

Hebrew School History

In 1802, Meir Polonies donated $900 to fund our Hebrew School