Cantor Perry Fine, of Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston, will present a three-part series, called Jewish Music in America.The topics will be “Jewish Music in America: In the Movies” on Thursday, Nov. 16; “Yiddish favorites,” on Thursday, Dec. 7; and “Klezmer,” on Thursday, Dec. 14. All three programs will be held at 1 p.m. via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent early in the week of the program.

Cantor Perry Fine

Session 1, on Nov. 16, will highlight the contribution of Jewish composers to the film industry. The lecture will feature music in three movies— Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer (1927), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), and Schindler’s List (1994)—and the historical significance of each one on the American Jewish experience.

In the second session, on Dec. 7, Cantor Fine will look at the role of Yiddish music in both Jewish American theater and popular song. Get ready to reminisce to the music of Second Avenue and Tin Pan Alley and the role of Yiddish song, reflecting both Old and New World Jewish experiences.

Session three, on Dec. 14, will resonate with the singular sounds of Klezmer, as Cantor Fine examines this iconic style, both in its heyday in the first decades of the twentieth century, and its remarkable revival in the 1980s and beyond. Heyday or any day, Klezmer virtually transports this unmistakably Jewish musical style directly from Eastern Europe to America.

Cantor Fine has been singing Jewish music ever since his days as a boy soprano soloist with Hazzan Hillel Lipsicas’s High Holiday choir in his hometown of Baltimore. His recordings include settings of the Yom Kippur Service for the Milken Archive Series of Jewish Music and music for the Friday Night Live Service.

Cantor Fine is a co-founder and conductor of Voices in Harmony, an interfaith choral ensemble in Essex County, now in its 26th year. Cantor Fine has been awarded the Conservative Movement’s Nathan H. Winter Award for Professional Excellence. For the past 27 years, Cantor Fine has served on the cantorial faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary teaching Biblical Cantillation to a generation of budding cantors.

Our Jewish World is coordinated by NCJW-WM Members Melanie Levitan and Ilene Dorf Manahan. The series is free and open to the public. Please register for Cantor Fine’s series by emailing One RSVP will cover all three sessions.