Theodore Holdheim

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Theodore Holdheim was born in Berlin, Germany in 1923. He came with his parents to Palestine at the age of 9, studied music with Buch, Edel, Rosovski, Boscowich and Jacoby. At the age of 15 he joined "Hashomer Hatzair" youth movement and joined, with his friends, Kibbutz Beit Alpha, where he stayed till his early death in 1985. A man of many talents and high ideals, he was active in several fields - Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Philosophy. His artistic choice was music. While staying in New York as a delegate for the youth movement he graduated from Juilliard School of Music, New York. He taught in "Gilboa" High School and developed a new method of teaching Math, for which he won the 1983 Ministry of Education Award. The last years of his life were dedicated to teachers education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His contribution to the cultural life of the Kibbutz was manifold. He wrote and arranged music for existing ensembles, composed songs and special music for local events, conducted the Kibbutz Choir and played the piano with the Kibbutz Chamber Ensemble. His work covers different kinds of music: operas, cantatas, works for orchestra, choir, theater and chamber music.