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Charles Davidson

Born in Pittsburgh in 1929, Charles Davidson is one of the most frequently commissioned composers by synagogues, cantors, and Jewish organizations, as well as by general secular choruses across America. He was one of the first graduates of the Jewish Theological Seminary's Cantors Institute (now the H. L. Miller Cantorial School), where he later also received his doctorate in sacred music and where he has served on the faculty since 1977 (now Nathan Cummings Professor). Early in his career, Cantor Davidson became the music director and conductor of the International Zionist Federation Association Orchestra at the University of Pittsburgh and of the Hadassah Choral Society, and director of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Dance Association.

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Temple Painter

Temple Painter
Temple Painter (1933 Pulaski, Virginia) is an American harpsichordist and organist.

Temple Painter has performed as solo organist with members of the New York Philharmonic under Hermann Scherchen, as harpsichord soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, and as solo harpsichordist for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as solo pianist, harpsichordist and organist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and concertized extensively in the United States, Europe and Israel.

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Max Wolhberg

Max (Moshe) Wohlberg
, hazzan (cantor), composer, theorist, collector of Jewish music and a central figure in the organization and education of the American cantorate was born on February 9, 1907 in Homonna, Hungary. Largely a self-taught musician and scholar, Wohlberg received a thorough religious education as a boy — attending the prestigious Szatmar and Nagy Karoly yeshivot in Hungary. He sang as a boy alto in the Kacinczy Street Synagogue in Budapest but received no formal musical training until after he emigrated to New York City in 1923. After teaching himself elementary piano in his parents' Lower East Side home, Wohlberg began to study music theory with Arnold Powell (Zemachson) and singing with Boris Starling (Skvartzoff) and, later, Walter Mattern. From 1928-29 he sang tenor for two seasons with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus.

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Praise for Immunim III

"I am providing your three books to my CICA students as their basic Nusa texts. There has not been anything like them."

azzan Alberto Mizrachi, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, IL

"Charles Davidson's extensive and scholarly work on Nusa, Sefer Hadrakhah, is perhaps the most important book on this subject since the publication of Baer's Ba'al Tefillah. We encourage every colleague to purchase this volume for his/her library."

azzan Stephen J. Stein, Executive Vice President, The Cantors Assembly of America


"In this book, Davidson has managed to bottle both the wisdom and the musicality of his teacher, Max Wohlberg z"l. plus his own vast experience of over four decades of teaching Nusa  to   generations of cantors. He has poured his knowledge and teaching soul into the pages of this book, and all of us who teach Nusa owe him enormous gratitude, for future students will hear him speaking-and singing-to them through these pages."

azzan Joel Caplan, Instructor Jewish Theological Seminary


" . . . a truly usable reference work for home-or classroom-use."

Dr. Joseph A. Levine, Author and Scholar


" . . . a sensational work . . . An important and wonderful gift."

azzan Stephen Stein, Executive Director, The Cantor's Assembly


"This comprehensive survey of the liturgical year will be an invaluable source for cantors of all movements."  

Dr. Bruce Ruben, Dean, Hebrew Union College, School of Sacred Music

"Sefer Hadrakhah is a fabulous resource for all students of traditional Ashkenazi synagogue chant. Cantor Dr. Davidson's work is beautifully annotated, a thorough and accessible presentation of Nusa Hatefillah; a must for every cantor and Jewish musician."

Dr. Brian Mayer, Acting Dean, Hebrew College, Boston