Velvel Pasternak is a musicologist, conductor, arranger, producer, and publisher specializing in Jewish music. In 1981 he was described as "an expert on the music of the Hasidic sect and probably the largest publisher of Jewish music anywhere, although he is quick to note that publishing Jewish music is a business that attracts few rivals." He is a graduate of Yeshiva University High School for Boys (Class of 1951).
The founder of Tara Publications, he has been responsible for the publication of 26 recordings and over 150 books of Jewish music since 1971, spanning the gamut of Israeli, Yiddish, Ladino, cantorial, Hasidic and Holocaust music. He is a regular lecturer on the music of the Hassidim.
- The Best of Israeli Folk Dances (1997, ISBN 978-0-933676-20-6) (previous edition 1990)
- The Jewish Fake Book (1997, ISBN 978-0-933676-69-5)
- Beyond Hava Nagila (1999, ISBN 978-0-933676-78-7)
- The Jewish Music Companion (2003, ISBN 978-1-928918-24-0)
- Songs Never Silenced--The Folk Music And Poetry of the Shoah (2003, ISBN 978-1-928918-26-4)
- Robert Cohen (March 27, 2008), "New Wings for Our Prayers: On American Jewish Music", Tikkun Magazine, tikkun.org, retrieved 2010-11-29
- "First Annual "Hallel V’Zimrah" Award Goes to Velvel Pasternak" (PDF), Zamir Choral Foundation, Zamir Choral Foundation, 5765 (Spring), p. 6, 2005, retrieved 2010-11-29
- Van Gelder, Lawrence (1981-03-22). "Long Islanders; A Youthful Decision Alters a Life's Tone". New York Times. p. 2. Retrieved 2006-08-03.
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- "Velvel Pasternak". 2004 Rozhinke Faculty. Retrieved 2006-08-03.