Music Library


The index and the music are presented in co-operation with the Liberal Jewish Choir
Sjier Chadasj, Amsterdam 


About the content of this library?
You may browse this website to find more information about the training of shelichay tzibbur in the period 2007-2009 and what they studied. You would do well to take the time to listen to the lectures and the workshops where a wealth of information given during the course has been recorded, not to speak of all the music. If you want to learn to read Torah or to chant a haftara, here is your material.

If you want to know which nusach or type of melody should be used during a part of the service you are preparing, you can download the overview of the nusach.   


The collection of music on this site represents the Dutch-Jewish tradition, particularly the Liberal congregations. Most of these synagogue services are sung by a shaliach tzibbur (cantor or singing 'representative of the congregation in prayer'). 

Our Dutch tradition comes to us partly from Western and Southern Germany, but it has also been influenced by the Polish and the Spanish and Portuguese traditions. Most important are the great composers of the middle of the 19th century, especially Louis Lewandowski and Salomon Sultzer.

Eastern European Jewry and its culture were destroyed during the Shoah and under Communism, but it's tradition survived and flourishes both in the America's and in Israel. Western European Jewry and  it's culture were almost wiped out in the dark years of the Great Destruction. That tradition has barely survived and one of the places where it is still alive is in our Dutch communities. This too is a reason why we value this particular and most beautiful music in our services, the special nusach and the musical tradition on which we read the Torah and the Haftara. 

The practice
In the menu on the left you will find the services for which music is included in the library. Especially recordings, but sheet music is also available. However, since much of the written music is copyrighted, we will not publish those items here. On the website of Shulmusic you will find a wealth of written music  and on the website of Judaica Sound Archive you willfind a unique collection of chazzanut recordings. 

The music is put on the pages according to the order in the services. The name of the file begins with the page number(s) on which the text appears in the Dutch siddur or machzor for the Liberal congregations. If you do not find the file you are looking for, look in one of the other services. It may well be found there. 

When the course started in 2007, the first recorded materials consisted of a set of cd's produced for an earlier course in 2003. These cd's are available on request from the Levisson Institute.

Please contact the Levisson Institute if you need more help to find what you are looking for.

Click in the menu on the left to go to the service for which you want to find the music. Most is on recordings but sheet music is also available. However, since much of the written music is copyrighted, we will not publish those items here. Klik HERE to find a list of music publshers and publications. Please contact the Institute if you want more guidance on where to find this music.

The music is ordered according to the order it appears in the services. 
The name of the file begins with the page number(s) on which the text appears in the siddur. 

If you do not find the file you are looking for, look in one of the other services, it may well be found there. 
If you do not find what you are looking for, please let us know and we will help you and also add the piece to the website if it is not copyrighted.

And don't forget to look in the Overview of the nusach to get the right music for what you are studying.

Welcome to the Levisson Institute website

Who are we? 

The Institute was established in 2002 in order to train rabbis, chazzanim, teachers and knowledgeable leadership for the Dutch-Jewish community, in particular for the Liberal Jewish part thereof. The Robert A. Levisson Foundation which runs the Institute is part of the Netherlands Union for Progressive Judaism. 

The first five students received their semicha (Rabbinic Ordination) on 27 August 2008, having completed their five year long training. The semicha has been granted international recognition.
On 1 September 2012 the sixth Rabbi was ordained. On May 18 2014 the seventh Rabbi received her semicha.

In October 2013 the new Rabbinical training program started, this time, however, with only one student. Read more about her here.
The first group of 15 chazzanim completed their two-year training on 31 May 2009.

In June 2010 our first two-year Teacher Training got off to a good start with 14 students.
This was completed on 1 July 2012.

In the summer of 2013, the Robert A. Levisson Foundation took over the Dutch Progressive-Jewish Educational Centre 'Rimon' from the Sja'ar Foundation. Read more

Our second Teacher Training in the fall of 2013 with 13 students, was again organised together with Rimon.

For the first time, the Levisson Institute has organised a gabbai training course. Forty people from the whole country participated. Read more (in Dutch) ….


In November 2010 our first scholarly research and publishing project began. 


All information about the organisation, the lecturers, the students, the curriculum, all Annual Reports and much more can be found by following the menu above. There you will also find information how you may participate in this exciting struggle to rebuild Jewish life in the Netherlands after the Shoah and to give the community a
future by contributing financially and morally to the Foundation.

For more information or if you wish to follow a training, please take up contact directly with the dean rabbi Menno ten Brink: +31-20-5400136 or our Director mrs. Francine Püttmann: +31-20-5400133 or use the form on the Contact

We hope you will enjoy browsing through the site and reading the materials.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
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