Robert H. Freilich, Founder and President
Professor Robert H. Freilich has been fascinated with the High Holy Days liturgy and music since his youth in New York City.
As a teen, his father Julius Freilich sang in the choir of world-famous Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt on the lower East Side from 1912-1924 and later graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1925.
In the 1940s Professor Freilich attended High Holy Day services in Boro Park, conducted by the brilliant Cantor Moshe Moshe Koussevitzky. Starting at age 15 he cultivated his love of music by attending Classical Musical Concerts at the University of Chicago, with Rafael Kubelik conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra and continuing to today with Gustavo Dudamel and The Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Dr. Robert H. Freilich, Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law Emeritus, the University of Missouri School of Law, is one of the leading national experts in state and local government, redevelopment, urban planning, and land use law. He is currently teaching Land Use Controls and the Seminar in Global Warming and Sustainability at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law for the past five years.
At the forefront of sustainable growth management planning, eminent domain, new urbanism, revitalization of cities, Dr. Freilich has developed and implemented land use plans for over 250 cities, counties and states, as well as major public-private projects including ElToro and Alameda Base realignments (California), Battery Park City (N.Y.), the South Beach Miami Redevelopment project and the Mall of America (Minneapolis-St. Paul). He has been an expert witness in over 30 government law cases. Dr. Freilich is the National Editor of The Urban Lawyer (American Bar Association) and past Chair of the American Planning Association's Planning and Law Division. He has authored over 100 articles and co-authored the leading texts on land use, oil and gas fracking, global warming, sustainable and green development, including The 2lst Century Land Development Code (American Planning Association, 2008); Cases and Materials on Land Use (7h ed.2O77l; and "From Sprawl to Sustainability: Smart Growth, New Urbanism, Green Development, and Renewable Energy'' (2012).
Dr. Freilich holds his A.B. from the University of Chicago, J.D. from the Yale Law School, and his Masters of Law (LLM), Masters in Planning (MPA) and Doctorates in Law and Planning (Ph.D. and SJD) from Columbia University. He has been a visiting professor of at Harvard Law School and London School of Economics.
Steven Rothstein, Ph. D., Artistic Director
Steve Rothstein, Ph.D. is active as a composer and music instructor in the Los Angeles area. He received his Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California, Los Angeles (2006). Mr. Rothstein has written numerous works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, wind ensemble, choral groups, as well as art songs. His works have been performed by The American Youth Symphony, the UCLA Philharmonic, the UC Irvine Symphony, the Redlands Symphony, and the New York Master Chorale. In 2008 his oratorio Hymn of Light received its international premiere in China.
Interest in Judaic music led Dr. Rothstein to study at the Brandeis-Bardin Collegiate Institute (1996), and then onto a one-year study program at the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) program in Arad, Israel (2000-1). Dedicated to promoting Jewish culture through music, Mr. Rothstein has devoted the majority of his choral music to Hebrew texts. His work includes settings for Psalm 27, Psalm 121, numerous Hanukkah pieces, and art songs based on a variety of Hebrew poetry.
As a professor, Dr. Rothstein has lectured on a broad range of music topics including music fundamentals, diatonic harmony, chromatic harmony, 20th-century techniques, composition, orchestration, modal and tonal counterpoint, form and analysis, orchestral score study, style composition, ear-training, and film score analysis. He has taught at Los Angeles Valley College, Santa Monica College, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, and California State University, Dominguez Hills. Mr. Rothstein has also lectured for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Adult Outreach Program. He currently teaches at UCLA Extension’s prestigious Film Scoring Certificate Program where he recently won the 2013 Distinguished Instructor Award.
In preparation for his commission from the Judaic Sacred Music Foundation (Symphony No.1: JUDAICA (Days of Awe), Dr. Rothstein spent considerable time researching the various liturgical melodies and motives used throughout the High Holy Day services and has incorporated them extensively throughout the entire work in order to create a rich tapestry of musical expression based solely on this unique musical liturgy.
Jerry Krautman, Development Director
Jerry is a resourceful, energetic, hands-on development professional with over 20 years of fundraising, administrative, management, and marketing expertise with Israeli and Jewish nonprofit organizations.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of Northern Colorado and his Master of Business Administration from the American Jewish University.
He has worked to support the efforts of Adat Shalom Congregation, University Synagogue, ELIYA-USA: Israel Association for the Advancement of Blind and Visually Impaired Children, ARZA: Association of Reform Zionists of America, Adat Ari El, the Mitzvah Foundation, the American Israel Gap Year Association, Association of Jewish Libraries, and other organizations.