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The following is a listing of all of the major works commissioned especially by or for University Synagogue. All of these have been done under the encouragement and supervision of our Cantor Jay Frailich. Wherever possible the date of the premiere performance is listed. All dates are world premieres unless marked with an *. A double asterik ** before a title means that all or part of the composition has been published.
The dedications are as they appeared on the original programs prepared for the premiere.
 
 
There are also dozens of single compositions that have been written especially for University Synagogue. They are too numerous to list here.
 
**SHIRAY AVOT
First Performed: January 28, 1977
  1977 by Michael Isaacson  
 
Commissioned by the congregation of University Synagogue at the invitation of Cantor Jay I. Frailich, for the Choirs of University Synagogue.
     
**KOL T'RUA
First Performed: September 13, 1977
  © 1977 by Michael Isaacson  
  In memory of Jerome E. Freehling
     
KOL NIDRE
First Performed: September 21, 1977
  1977 by Maurice Goldman  
     
SHALOM
First Performed: May 5, 1978
  1978 by Nurit Hirsh  
 
Commissioned for University Synagogue by Dona and Howard Appleman and the Libman family in memory of Samuel Libman.
     
**SELICHOT
First Performed: September 23, 1978
  1978 by Michael Isaacson  
 
Commissioned by University Synagogue thanks to the generosity of Roberta and Terry Turkat, in honor of Jennifer's becoming a Bat Mitzvah, and those congregants who have made contributions to the Cantor's Discretionary Fund.
     
**ZEH EYLI
First Performed: June 9, 1979
  © 1978 by Anselm Rothschild
 
Commissioned for University Synagogue by the Michael Robins family in memory of Dina Waller.
     
A TIME FOR FREEDOM
  © 1979 by Charles Davidson and Samuel Rosenbaum
 
Jointly commissioned by University Synagogue and several other congregations led by Cantor Solomon Mendelson.
     
**SHABBAT SHIRAH
First Performed: March 9, 1979
  1979 by Maurice Goldman  
 
Commissioned by University Synagogue, thanks to the generosity of Roberta and Terry Turkat in memory of her beloved mother, Eleanor Chroman, and those congregants who have made contributions to the Cantor's Discretionary Fund.
     
THERE IS ENOUGH FOR ALL
First Performed: September 26, 1980
  © 1980 by Anselm Rothschild and Simon Waltzer
 
This cantata was inspired by the works of the Hunger Project and is dedicated to David Russel and Pam Waltzer.
     
MOSES
First Performed: February 7, 1981
  1980 by Bruce Benson  
  Commissioned for University Synagogue by the Cantor's Discretionary Fund.
     
**CROWN OF TORAH
First Performed: February 19, 1982
  1981 by Ben Steinberg  
  Commissioned by University Synagogue, Los Angeles, California.
     
**NISHMAT CHAYIM First Performed: March 4, 1983
  © by Michael Isaacson
 
 
Commissioned by University Synagogue along with several other synagogues led by Cantor Jay I. Frailich.
     
MISHPACHA First Performed: June 7, 1985
  © 1985 by Aminadav Aloni
 
 
Commissioned by University Synagogue in honor of its Executive Director - Joseph B. Joyce.
     
**GUARDIANS OF THE HEART First Performed: September 25, 1985
  © by Michael Isaacson  
 
Commissioned for University Synagogue by Henry and Margot Palmer in loving memory of their families whose lives they will forever treasure.
     
HALLEL First Performed: *April 11, 1987
  © 1985 Ralph Schlossberg  
  Commissioned by University Synagogue - Cantor Jay I. Frailich along with several other congregations and individuals under the leadership of Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner.
     
SHOFAR SERVICE  First Performed: September 24, 1987
  © 1987 by Joseph Weiss  
  For Cantor Jay Frailich, University Synagogue.
     
**CRADLE OF FIRE  
  © 1988 by Michael Isaacson and University Synagogue
 
A pilot multi-media educational program to teach teens about the Holocaust utilizing cassette and video tapes, and written material. Funding provided by the Milken Family Foundation.
     
IF WE WOULD BUT LISTEN First Performed: February 19, 1988
  © 1988 by Srul Irving Glick  
 
Commissioned by Mitchell and Naomi Weiner for performance February 19, 1988 in memory of their fathers, Ira Vainer and Louis Rosenberg. Dedicated to Mitchell and Naomi Weiner.
     
Z'MIROT First Performed: November 17, 1989
  © 1989 by Ben Steinberg  
 
Commissioned in loving memory of Michael R. Simon by Doris Simon Heller, her children - Arthur, Sheryl and Joni and their family and friends.
     
DERECH HACHAYIM First Performed: October 9, 1989
  © 1989 by Joseph Weiss  
 
Commissioned for University Synagogue, Jay I. Frailich, Cantor, by Roberta and Terry Turkat in honor of Jennifer and Megan Turkat and Judah Turkat (of blessed memory).
     
**HOPE FOR THE FUTURE First Performed: May 18, 1990
  © 1990 by Michael Isaacson, text by Jay Frailich
 
Commissioned for University Synagogue by Calman Kurtzman and Jane Rubin-Kurtzman in honor of their children, Alex and Marisa, their hope for the future and the legacy of their parents, Jack and Estelle Rubin, Ann and Herman Kurtzman and Jack Sherwood.
     
THE THREE FESTIVALS First Performed: February 10, 1992
  © 1992 by Ben Steinberg  
 
Commissioned for University Synagogue by Ann and Morton Ozeran, Susan and Robert Ozeran and Naomi Ozeran in loving memory of Sol Ozeran.
     
RUTH First Performed: August 28, 1992
  © 1992 by Joseph Kantor  
  Commissioned by University Synagogue, Los Angeles.
     
FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON First Performed: January 21, 1994
  © 1993 by Michael Isaacson  
 
Commissioned for University Synagogue by Donna Kronson in loving memory of her mother Melvina Kronson.
     
**YIZKOR First Performed: September 30, 1998
  © 1998 by Ben Steinberg  
 
Commissioned for University Synagogue, Los Angeles by Roberta and Terry Turkat in loving memory of Phillip Chroman.
     
L'MAASEI V'REISHEET - TO RECREATE THE WORLD First Performed: January 21, 2000
  © 2000 by Michael Isaacson  
 

Jointly commissioned by a consortium of 40 congregations in the United States and Canada (including University Synagogue) under the leadership of Cantor Jay Frailich. Our part of the commission came from Eileen and Lee Dribin in loving memory of their daughter Julie.

     
TORAH SERVICE First Performed: May 18, 2001
  © 2001 by Craig Taubman  
 
Commissioned for University Synagogue, Los Angeles in loving memory of Leo Fenster by Maryann Fenster and her family.
     
RENEWAL SUITE First performed: Rosh Hashanah, 2004
  © 2005 by Michael Isaacson  
  Recording commissioned by Hal and Susan Reichwald.
     
HEALING SERVICE First Performance: Yom Kippur, 2005
  © 2005 by Craig Taubman  
 
Commissioned for University Synagogue in loving memory of Lillian and Morris Podus.
     
 
 
   
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