Beimel, Jacob, 1880-1944

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Jacob Beimel was an American cantor, composer and musicologist. Beimel was an early, influential figure who helped return America's twentieth-century synagogue music to its traditional roots. He was born October 11, 1875 in Parichi, a village in Minsk province. At the age of twelve he became a choir singer with cantor Nissi Belzer (Nissan Spivak) of Berditchev. Beimel relocated to Berlin in 1903. A year later he began studies at the Royal Academy of the Arts in musical composition with Professor Friedrich Gernsheim (1839-1916). He graduated in 1910. While in Berlin, Beimel served as music director at the synagogue "An der Potsdamer Bruecke"; conducted the Mendelssohn Chor; and had folk song arrangements published in "Die Welt" and "Ost und West," 1907-1912. He relocated to Copenhagen in 1911, serving as cantor and choir conductor at the Orthodox Synagogue there, as well as conductor of Hasomir, a secular Jewish singing society that he founded. Beimel emigrated to the United States in 1915. He was cantor at Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan's new Jewish Center, from 1918-ca. 1920. Around this time, Beimel published songs in Yiddish and Ukrainian as well as synagogue music. He made one recording for Columbia Gramophone Co., ca. 1919. From 1920-1929 Jacob Beimel was both cantor and choir conductor at Philadelphia's Temple Adath Jeshurun. Beimel returned to New York City. In 1932 he published fifteen hymns in the Jewish Reform movement's Union Hymnal. He published his own journal, "Jewish Music," from 1934-1935. In New York, Beimel taught private cantorial students and freelanced as cantor and choir conductor. He died on November 17, 1944.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1903-1952]. (Jewish Theological Seminary of America). WorldCat record id: 58037722

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associatedWith Adath Jeshurun (Elkins, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Alman, Samuel, 1878-1947. person
associatedWith An der Potsdamer Bruecke (Berlin), corporateBody
associatedWith Binder, Abraham Wolf, 1895-1966. person
associatedWith Board of Jewish Education (New York, N.Y.). Music Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Ephros, Gershon, 1890-1978. person
associatedWith Hasomir (Copenhagen) corporateBody
associatedWith Jewish center (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Kaplan, Mordecai Menahem, 1881- person
associatedWith Klein, Max D. person
associatedWith Mendelssohn Chor (Berlin) corporateBody
associatedWith Paterson singing society (N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith Putterman, David J., 1900-1979. person
associatedWith WNYC Orchestra (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
United States
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Jewish composers
Jewish chants
Psalms (Music)
Psalms (Music)
Rosh Hodesh
Sacred songs (Medium voice)
Suites (Orchestra)
Synagogue music
Synagogue music
Synagogue music


Birth 1880

Death 1944







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SNAC ID: 21166981