10 Must-Have Albums from the Milken Archive of Jewish MusicPhoto 2 of 10
There is a commonly held assumption that the adoption of the organ into American synagogue worship was an act of assimilation. In order to appear more American, synagogues aimed to make their music sound more like that of their Christian compatriots.
Two 2012 releases by the Milken Archive of Jewish Music featured Jewish liturgical music of American Reform congregation from the mid–late 19th century through the beginning of the Second World War. With the release of Cycle of Life in Synagogue and Home, the Milken Archive focuses on some of the high points in the repertoire since the instrument’s adoption some two centuries ago.
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