A na­tive of Ger­ma­ny, Kra­mer stu­died mu­sic at the Roy­al Aca­de­my of Arts in Ber­lin, and was an as­sist­ant to Lou­is Le­wan­dow­ski, mu­sic di­rect­or at the Or­an­i­en­berg­er­strasse Syn­a­gogue.

After em­i­grat­ing to Am­er­i­ca, he di­rect­ed Jew­ish chor­us­es in the New York Ci­ty ar­ea in the late 19th and ear­ly 20th Cen­tu­ries. He was choir­mas­ter at Con­gre­ga­tion Shear­ith Is­ra­el, near New York Ci­ty’s Cen­tral Park, for six de­cades.


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