The JMRC at the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies

The JMRC at the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies

As over the past twenty years, the JMRC is once again producing the music sections, concerts and workshops taking place within the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, to take place over August 6-10, 2017, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The WCJS is the major global academic event on Jewish Studies which occurs every four years in Jerusalem. Besides the academic encounters and the musical events, the JMRC, in association with its partner, the American Society of Jewish Music, will be glad to meet all the participants in the musicology section and share a few days of learning and exchange.

For more information on the 17th WCJS see here

For the whole program of the 17th WCJS see here.

The JMRC events at the 17th WCJS are listed below:


17th World Congress of Jewish Studies – Hebrew University, Mount Scopus August 6-10, 2017

Music Sessions, Concerts and Workshops coordinated by the JMRC (All sessions and events in room 2715 unless otherwise noted)
Monday 7.8.17
13:45-14:30: Singing communities workshop: Hai ve-ne’lam, The Aleppo Tradition with Erez Abdan, Room 2729
Tuesday 8.8.17
11:30-13:30: Musical traditions from the East - Yitzchak Recanati, Adiel Ben Shalom, Boris Kleiner, Merav Rosenfeld-Hadad, chair: Oded Erez
13:45-14:30: Afternoon Concert: Karanfil i membrios: Mystical links between Turkish and Jewish song - Hadas Pal Yarden (voice), Yaniv Ovadia (saz, zurna) and Eliyahu Dygmi (saz)
13:45-14:30: Singing communities workshop: Shahar avaqshkha, The Algerian Tradition with Rachamim Zini, Room 2729
Wednesday 9.8.17
9:00-11:00: Music in Israel: A Reinterpretation - Avi Bar Eitan, Tanya Sermer, Joseph Goldenberg, Irit Youngerman, chair: Naomi Cohn Zentner
11:30-13:30: A Jewish Way to Convey Culture? The Theory and Practice of Music between Medieval and Early Modern Times -  Francesca Gorgoni, Alexandre Cerveaux, Hanna Gentili, chair: Ruth HaCohen
13:45-14:30: Afternoon Concert (Open Air Area) - Launching of the new CD Arbaʿ otiyot: Sacred Hebrew Songs from the Saharan Maghreb, with the Piyyut Ensemble of the Ben Zvi Institute
15:00-17:00: The Jew, The Arab: Overlapping Sounds -  Abigail Wood, Oded Erez, Adam Yodfat, Dafna Dori, chair: Tanya Sermer
17:30-18:30: Special Concert - Koplas de Yosef ha-Tzaddiq by Abraham Toledo, World Premiere. Rabin Building, Auditorium
19:30: Jewish Music reception hosted by the American Society for Jewish Music and the Jewish Music Research Centre at the residence of Prof. Edwin Seroussi and Hazzan Marlena Fuerstman. RSVP by August 4 to
Thursday 10.8.17
9:00-11:00: Ashkenazi Sounds in Practice and in Theory -  Boaz Tarsi, Michael Lukin, Naomi Cohn Zentner, chair: Eliyahu Schleifer
11:30-13:30: New Sounds from the West: Jewish Music in California - Mark Kligman, Francesco Spagnolo, Judah Cohen, chair: Edwin Seroussi
13:45-14:30: Afternoon Concert - Vemen vestu zingen, vemen? Leibu Levin Performs in Yiddish: Selected archival recordings from Bukovina, USSR and Israel. Celebrating the new CD with Ruth Levin (voice), Motti Schmidt (violin) and Haim Tokchinsky (piano)
13:45-14:30: Singing communities workshop: Ashreikhem Israel. The Persian Tradition with Janet Yehudiyan, room 2729
15:00-17:00: Joint Session with the Judeo-Spanish Section - Edwin Seroussi, Rivka Havassy, Judith R. Cohen, Hadar Feldman Samet, chair: Michael Studemund-Halevy

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