The Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS) and Temple De Hirsch Sinai, presented a concert/reunion to celebrate the musical legacy of Samuel E. Goldfarb. Selections of the liturgical and secular music that Goldfarb, affectionately known as Mr. G, composed and/or arranged,were preformed by many of his former students from the various choirs that he conducted in the Seattle Jewish community. Enjoy the Musical Legacy Of Samuel E. Goldfarb Concert & Celebration as recordings of the Goldfarb program held at Temple De Hirsch Sinai on June 10, 2007.
Goldfarbs contributions as the father of Jewish music in America were legion and took place on both coasts of the country. He was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and studied music at Columbia University. He later served as the head of the music department of New Yorks Board of Jewish Education. With his brother, Israel Goldfarb, he composed hundreds of songs, which are sung in Jewish schools across the country. Many of these appeared in the first collection of such songs ever printed, The Jewish Songster, published by the Goldfarb brothers in 1925. As a young man in New York he wrote a song that has become a classic throughout the Jewish world during Chanukah, the Dreydel song. Enjoy the Musical Legacy Of Samuel E. Goldfarb Concert & Celebration.