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Issachar Miron and “Tzena, Tzena, Tzena”


Issachar Miron (July 5, 1920- January 29, 2015) was an Israeli composer of Tzena Tzena.  Miron was born Stefan Michrovsky on July 5, 1920, in Kutno, Poland.  After graduating from the Warsaw Conservatory in 1938, he emigrated to Palestine in 1939. His family perished in the Holocaust. The cherished memory of his family and the six million fueled a lifelong dedication to them through his music, writings, poetry and photography. While serving in the Jewish Brigade of the British Army in Palestine, Mr. Miron composed Tzena, Tzena, which became a worldwide hit and an anthem of optimism in the years that followed the Israeli War of Independence. It was sung in some 39 languages and was performed and recorded by numerous leading artists in the United States, including Pete Seeger, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Dusty Springfield, Connie Francis, Vic Damone, Chubby Checker, the Smothers Brothers and Arlo Guthrie. The version recorded by Pete Seeger and the Weavers climbed to the top of the Hit Parade in the 1950s.

Miron served as Officer-in-Chief of Cultural Programs of the Israeli Defense Forces and later as the first National Deputy Director of Music for Israel’s Ministry of Education and Culture, where he embarked on a mission to unite through music the diverse new nation. In the May 1961 issue of “Reader’s Digest,” Oscar Schisgall wrote about Issachar Miron and this phenomenon, stating that the people of Israel were using music “to shape a more harmonious nation.” After moving to New York City in the early 1960’s, he served as the musical director of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation in Israel and the USA. He was also Dean of the Music Department Faculty at the Jewish Teachers Seminary Training Center in New York, today’s Touro University, and was National Director of Special Educational and Inspirational Programs for the United Jewish Appeal. In the 70’s, he collaborated with Theodore Bikel to arrange and record the album “Silent No More,” which raised awareness of the struggle of Soviet Jewry. His song “Ufi Ruach” became the first Hebrew song to be broadcast on Egyptian radio in the aftermath of the 1977 Egyptian-Israeli peace talks. Another of his songs, “Ma Yafeh Hayom,” has become a staple of the Reform Movement’s Sabbath liturgy.

In 1996, Miron published a book of his poems called “Eighteen Gates of Jewish Holidays and Festivals.” In addition to classical compositional styles, he is particularly interested in the musical development of Israeli folk music.  A true Renaissance man, his artistic range was immense -from vast contributions to Jewish liturgical and Klezmer music, to serious classical works, to hundreds of popular songs and numerous poems, writings, documentaries and commentaries. Over the years, Mr. Miron received many awards for his work, including ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for creative writing and the Israel Engel Prize for Music. The late Tsipora Miron, his esteemed collaborator and beloved wife of nearly 71 years, was an accomplished pianist and organist. Mr. Miron,  who died at age 95 on January 29, 2015, in New York City, NY, was survived by their three daughters, Ruth Schleider, Shlomit Aviram and Miriam Lipton, plus six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The following work by Issachar Miron is contained in my collection:

Tzena, Tzena, Tzena (1941).





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A unique railroad museum housed in two B&O Cabooses, one of which has been restored to 1927 vintage condition. You can tour each of the B&O cabooses, one a C-2115 and the other a C-3893, which contain various pictures, lanterns and items related to railroad history. Displays also include a model train with a village set up, a 1900 B&O railroad map, a B&O engine bell and morse code equipment.

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