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LECTURER & TEACHER  (Individual Lecture/Presentations with Recordings ⋅ Lecture Series ⋅ Mini- & Semester-Long Courses ⋅ Shabbatonim ⋅ Retreats)


  • THE BALLAD OF AMERICA: AMERICAN HISTORY IN FOLK & POPULAR SONG: American National Anthems (plural!) / "The American Dream" in Song / Songs of the Civil Rights Movement / Labor History & the Labor Movement in Song / The World War I Era in Song / The World War II Era in Song / Presidential Campaign Songs in American History
  • OUR AMERICAN SONGBAG: The Long Rhythm Road:  From Ragtime to Rock ('n Roll) / "They All Sang on the Corner": The Roots Of ‘Doo-Wop’ Rock 'n Roll / In the Presence of the Lord: Biblical Themes in American Folk & Popular Music / Lectures on Pete Seeger / Bob Dylan / Singer-Songwriters
  • ESPECIALLY FOR SCHOOLS: Where Do Our Songs Come From? / Where Do They Go?
  • JEWISH MUSIC LECTURES: Jewish Music into the Mainstream: Jewish Themes in American Popular, Classical, & Folk Music / Bridges of Song: African-American & American-Jewish Music / Women in American-Jewish Music / Ecology in Song: Jewish Music for the Earth / Klezmer Music: From Old World to New World & Our World / The Music of Intimacy: Hasidic Melodies & Our Spiritual Journeys / Old & New Music For Jewish Holidays


  • New York Public Library (Jewish Division Lectures) ⋅ New England Conservatory of MusicBoston College: Center for Christian- Jewish Learning + School of Theology & MinistryCantors AssemblyJewish Theological SeminaryHebrew College (Boston)New School UniversityAfro-American Historical & Cultural Museum (Philadelphia)National Museum of Dance (Saratoga Springs, NY)92nd St. Y (NYC)
  • New School University: Mini-courses w/ guests including Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Richie Havens, Liz Swados, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), Fred Hellerman (of the Weavers)
  • Stuyvesant High SchoolLaGuardia High School of Music & ArtBronx High School of ScienceNorth Shore Hebrew Academy High SchoolImmaculate Conception Catholic AcademyCentral Park East 1 Elementary School


  • New York Council for the Humanities: Speakers in the Humanities (2000–2015) [libraries, museums, community & seniors centers] / Speakers in the Schools (2009-2015) [high schools & middle schools]
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (sponsor)
  • Lincoln Center Scholars (sponsor)
  • Oswego BOCES (sponsor)



CD: Open the Gates! New American-Jewish Music for Prayer: a compilation CD of American-Jewish “heart music” — for prayer, healing, dance, and meditation

Jewish bluegrass & Jewish country
Jewish “world music”
English & Hebrew spiritual melodies
a cappella harmony singing



  • Writer & Associate Producer, “One People, Many Voices: American-Jewish Music Comes of Age” (NPR) (narrated by Theodore Bikel) — now in the permanent collection of the Paley Center for Media in New York City
  • Producer & Host, Yedid Nefesh (WEVD, NYC, + syndication) — a weekly program on Jewish culture, spirituality, & identity



  • NPR Radio Documentary: “One People, Many Voices: American-Jewish Music Comes of Age”
  • CD Liner Notes: Open the Gates! New American-Jewish Music for Prayer
  • Edited hundreds of articles on Jewish music & dance for YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe
  • Edited Maynard Solomon's Beethoven (winner, ASCAP Deems Taylor Award)



  • National Yiddish Book Center, Holiday Tales

See my Notes from a Musical Autobiography.

Check out The Music Café.

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