Anat Rubinstein

The Hazzan of the Haskala – Life, Work and Thought of Cantor Pinchas Minkowsky (1859-1924).

Anat Rubinstein, born in 1977 in Israel, is a research fellow and a PhD candidate at the Hebrew University, and a choral director, specializing in synagogue choral music.

Her MA study (2013, Cum Laude) focuses on various transcriptions of the well-known Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 by J. S. Bach, under the supervision of Prof. Yulia Kreinin of the Hebrew University.

For her PhD study, Anat chose a subject that is close to profession as synagogue choral director. She studies the life and works of Cantor Pinchas Minkowsky, who was a significant and influential figure of the Jewish music world in the early 1900’s in Odessa. She participated in Lewandowsky Jewsih Music Festival in Berlin 2015, that was dedicated to synagogue music from Eastern Europe.

In the years 2010-2012 Anat served as a choral director of Ohavay Zion Synagogue in Lexington, KY in the US. She later founded and directed the choir of Moreshet Israel conservative synagogue in Jerusalem for three years. In 2014-2016 she held a position of a teaching assistant at the Department of Musicology of the Hebrew University. This year she serves as the choral director of the student’s choir.

Selected Publications

  • Rubinstein, Anat. “October Sun and Dear Sun of Mine, The 15 of Shvat in the Shade of Memory and Bereavement”. In: Music in IsraelIyunim Bitkumat Israel, edited by Michael Wolpe, Tuvia Frilig and Gideon Katz. Ben Gurion Institute of Israel and Zionism Studies, 2014 (in Hebrew).


  • Rubinstein, Anat. “Tradition vs. Innovation – Life and Work of Hazzan Pikhas Minkowsky”. Presented at the Lewandowsky Festival of Jewish Choral Music, Berlin. 17-21 December 2015.
  • Rubinstein, Anat. “The Musical Language of Hazzan Pinkhas Minkowsky: Blending Tradition and Innovation”. Presented at the Magnified and Sanctified – The Music of Jewish Prayer – international conference, University of Leeds School of Music. June 16 – June 19, 2015.
  • Rubinstein, Anat. “Israeli Children’s Songs in Jewish Education in North America”. Presented at the Israeli Musicological Society (IMS) Annual Conference, June 30 – July 1 2013, Lewinsky College of Education, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Rubinstein, Anat. “The Modern Israeli Experience of Memory and Bereavement: October Sun and Dear Son of Mine”. Presented at the International Conference ART MUSICS OF ISRAEL: Identities, Ideologies, Influences. March 2011, London UK