Berkeley, CA: Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, The Jewish Museum of the West, 1974. First Edition. Hardbound. Octavo in dust jacket, 90 pp., catalogue of published works [by Helfman]. Very Good. Item #29416
Helfman was one of the most vital cantors on the mid-part of the last century. A child of the Lower East Side choral music he went on to become the musical director for uptown Reform and Conservative synagogues. In the late thirties he became the leader for all of the left Yiddish choruses. He was involved with the Brandies-Bardin camps, first in Pennsylvania and then near Los Angeles where he resettled. He was named dean of fine arts at the University of Judaism where he put together a very talented faculty. Helfman was a talented composer of religious, choral and classical music, but had his most long lasting effect as an educator.