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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)


First Mill Street Synagogue

The little synagogue on Mill Street was the first structure designed and built to be a synagogue in continental North America. 

Crosby Street Synagogue

 In 1834 the congregation built a new synagogue on Crosby Street, between Broom and Spring Street.