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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)


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.

Chatham Square Cemetery

The oldest of our extant cemeteries is known as the Chatham Square Cemetery.  It is located in Chinatown at 55 St. James Place.  The land was originally purchased in 1682 by Joseph Bueno de Mesquita.