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Bonia Shur

Bonia ShurBONIA SHUR (1923 – 2012) was a major force in the Reform Jewish Movement in North America. More than 250 of his published compositions have been in use at synagogues throughout the country and abroad.

In 1974 Mr. Shur was appointed director of liturgical arts at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Until his death on August 30, 2012, Mr. Shur, z”ll, served as professor emeritus.

In addition to creating a vast liturgical repertoire, Mr. Shur wrote for film, television and the theater. Some of these works included the vocal score to the motion picture The Russians Are Coming, music for the television special Revolt in Mode’in and a dramatic work called Six Hours Before the Execution in memory of the murdered Jewish Soviet poets, which makes use of a cantor, two narrators, dancers, a choir and full symphonic orchestra.

Mr. Shur’s music is vibrant, dynamic and highly individual — perhaps as a result of his diverse background. Born in Latvia, Mr. Shur escaped the Nazi invasion, fought in the Russian army, immigrated to Israel and lived on a kibbutz before coming to the United States in 1960.

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