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Music and Liturgy at Habonim

Like many synagogues Congregation Habonim has evolved through the years and changes have been made in the music and the choice of a Siddur and Machzor.

The founders of the congregation brought with them the music of the great choral synagogues of Germany with its organ and mixed choir when they came to New York in 1939. Over the years, the service has become more participatory in nature, and music reflects this, in particular, the music of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.

The first Siddur was a very traditional one and the Machzor was one that was especially edited for German congregations in America. The liturgy was traditional and services were conducted mainly in Hebrew, although there were some parts to the services that were not part of the regular service. The next Siddur that was chosen was the Silverman Siddur, the standard Siddur of the Conservative Movement -- United Synagogue. In the mid 1990s, the congregation began using Likrat Shabbat and Siddur Chadash. We also began using the Harlow Machzor in the 1980s. We currently use the Siddur Sim Shalom.

Download an album of songs performed by Cantor Emeritus Bruce Halev HERE

Listen to a Select Sampling of Kabbalat Shabbat tracks HERE.

Listen to all Kabbalat Shabbat tracks HERE.

Listen to Torah & Haftorah files HERE.

Listen to Shabbat Music for Families HERE.


  • Listen to Friday evening and Shabbat morning service components HERE.

  • Listen to Haftarah Trope files HERE.

Access Congregation Habonim's SoundCloud page HERE.


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