Projects

With the rise of Islam and the expanding Arab conquests throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Spain, the vast majority of the Jews of Antiquity found themselves living in lands where Arab culture and language predominated over all local traditions. Jews of these lands absorbed, integrated...

A project by Edwin Seroussi and Sarah Ross This project aims to map, analyze and make German Jewish liturgical music (minhag Ashkenaz) accessible to the scholarly community and to the public at large. The historical period under investigation dates from the early 19th century up to World War...

  The Jewish Music Research Centre and the Jewish Music Collections at the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine in Kyiv: An Historical Record By Edwin Seroussi (September 2021) Jewish Music Collections of the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine in Kyiv, aka the “Beregovski Collection...

Reading Esther Warkov's groundbreaking PhD thesis from the 1980s. In 1979 Esther Warkov, a young American PhD student in ethnomusicology, came to Israel to study the music of first-generation Jewish immigrants from Iraq. From 1979 to 1981 Warkov worked under the direction of Prof. Amnon...

The dramatic immigration of the Ethiopian Jews from their country of origin to Israel in the 1980’s and 1990’s has moved the hearts of people all around the world. Upon the initiative of the JMRC, a joint French and Israeli research team was set up in 1985 to document in detail the liturgy of the...

“From Berlin to Jerusalem and Back - The Letters of German-Jewish Musicologist Edith Gerson Kiwi (1908-1992),” is a joint venture of the Europäisches Zentrum für Jüdische Musik (Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Germany) and the Jewish Music Research Centre (Hebrew University of...

A.Z. Idelsohn in Jerusalem, center with glasses. Surrounding him are likely some of his musical informants. David Yellin is seated in the foreground. Exact date of photograph unknown  Is music intrinsically political? The best-known Jewish song in the world is “Hava Nagila” (“Come, let us...

  On March 15, 1899, the distinguished scholar, cantor, composer and avid manuscript collector Eduard Birnbaum of Königsberg published a short article modestly titled “Unsere erste Musikbeilage” (“Our first musical supplement”) in Israelitischer Lehrer und Kantor, an insert of the Berlin-based...

AddToAny