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Shalom Postolski
Birth Date
Birth Place
Sedlec, Poland
Death Date
Death Place
Beit Yitzhak, Israel

Shalom Postolski  Biography

Shalom Postolski is a composer. He was born in 1893 in the town of Sedlec (the Kingdom of Poland of the Russian Empire, now Poland) in the family of Gur Khasid. In 1901 the family moved to the suburb of Warsaw Radzymin.

From his childhood he composed music for various texts, including religious content. The father, a lover of music, encouraged his son’s enthusiasm. But his money was enough only to pay for the year of Shalom’s education at the Warsaw Conservatoire.

Since 1909 he lived in Warsaw, earning money in local Yiddish newspapers. He was a member of the Ha-Halutz movement.

In 1920 he immigrated to Palestine. At first he worked in the settlement of Atarot, then in the settlement of Menahemia. Joined the “Workers’ Battalion named after Joseph Trumpeldor”, participated in the founding of the kibbutz Ein Harod, in which he worked as an agricultural worker.

In 1926 he began to write songs on the poems of Israeli poets. His work was noted by Shlomo Rozovsky. In 1933 he took a two-year vacation to study music theory in Tel Aviv under the leadership of Erich Walter Sternberg.

On his return to Ein Harod was forced again to work in agriculture. In 1940, because of the turmoil between members of his family and members of the kibbutz, he moved to the settlement of Beit Yitzhak, in which Shalom Postolsky died at the age of 56 after nine years of musical and social isolation.

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  2. Felice Glazer says:

    I was just sitting at my piano looking over a very old book of songs called the songs we sing by Harry Cooper Smith. I got this book when I went to Anshe emet Sunday school in Chicago. That was in the late forties and fifties. This book is falling apart but I love it and will never part with it until I pass away. Something today just made me decide to look up the name of Harry Coopersmith and that’s how I found this site.

  3. Philip Joseph Brody says:

    Joseph Brody was my great grandfather. Murray Brody was my grandfather and Joseph Brody was my father. I am Philip Joseph Brody born in Queens N.Y. My halfbrother Brian is a saxophone player. Unfortunately I think musical talent skipped me. My great grandfather died before my father was born. Unfortunately my father died around 59 years old. I’m about to be 52 so hopefully I won’t pass before my time.

  4. MARTY KUGLER says:

    Is there any way that I can get the lyrics to Semour Rockoff’s song “Der moiled vet zein.” I know about half the words, but I no longer have the record. I’ve been searching for the lyrics for over 40 years.

  5. MARTY KUGLER says:

    Is there any way that I can get the lyrics to Semour Rockoff’s song “Der moiled vet zein.” I know about half the words, but I no longer have the record. I’ve been searching for the lyrics for over 40 years. Thanks, Marty Kugler maak68@gmail.com

  6. Steve Sonshine says:

    I had the extreme privilege of attending Band and Orchestra classes taught by Mr. Musiker while attending J. Madison H.S. in Brooklyn, N.Y., from ’63-’65. I, with my fellow percussionists, listened and learned about music, ensembles, and respect, …all lessons taught by Mr. Musiker.
    I am so happy to read of his successes. He deserves them all.
    Mr. Musiker, you are COOL
    with affection,
    Steve Sonshine, Reg. Archt.

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