Monthly Archives: May 2016

Hebreos Net: MIDIS Judaicos

A Latin American website devoted to the Jewish kehillah, including this extensive MIDI library of Jewish music. Started in La Plata, Argentina, the network has “…over 1000 members, including Jews living in Argentina, Israel, Canada, the United States, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico, Spain, Bolivia, Brazil, and other countries. [They] have also held Mesibas [meetings] in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Israel, the United States, Mexico, and Venezuela.”

HaGalil OnLine

A really exciting site from Hanover, Germany promoting Israeli, Jewish, Yiddish and Klezmer music as well as other cultural activities of Judaism from central Europe. Sophisticated Real Audio Direct Streaming Sound 24 Hours “radio” as well as sound selections from recordings. Features many selections of popular Israeli artists, old recordings, chazzanuth and much more. Features cultural sites and information about Jewish communities from Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Austria as well as other European nations.

Ellie’s Torah Trope Tutor

Ellie Wackerman of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, has taken the time to mount a Torah Trope tutor on the web. She provides standard Torah trope for Shabbat and holidays, including High Holy Days, the three pilgrimage Festivals (Shalosh Regalim) of Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot, and the trope for Purim. Ellie has a provided simple clear notation along with the trope.


Tzadik releases avant garde and experimental music, including a division labeled “radical Jewish culture”, “Japan series” and “lunatic fringe.” John Zorn is the creative talent organizing and producing this music. Many will be fascinated by the eclectic blend of American jazz, world music, Jewish, contemporary classical and other elements. Real Audio segments give an audio window on this world.

Tara Publications or

The Tara Publications website. Tara Publications is both a publisher AND distributor of Jewish music of all genres. Their website includes access descriptions of scores, books and sound recordings. An extensive list of excerpts from recordings are available using Real Audio. The site includes a collection of brief biographical sketches of artists and composers of materials they are selling. Their page links to websites of active recording and performance artists and groups.

Renanot Institute for Jewish Music

Renanot Institute is dedicated to rescuing music of people “whose musical traditions are being forgotten.” The website includes over 300 items of Jewish music and over 3,000 songs and poems and is sponsored by Shema Yisrael Torah Network. It is located at the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem, Israel. The Institute houses a collection of Jewish musical instruments from various traditions. The website provides access to a catalogue for information about and purchase of scores and cassettes for Jewish liturgy in Ashkenaz, Sepharad, Moroccan and Yemenite traditions including the Shabbat and festival liturgies, the parashat havshavua and even entire the cantillation of the entire Torah.

Magda Ethnic and World Music

Magda is a small label, whose “existence is based on the welcome possibility of Jews and Arabs of the region coming together in peace. The label’s aim is to combine the musical expression of different cultures in this same geographical sphere.” Performers such as the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra, Yair Dalal and the East West Ensemble are represented. Website features Hebrew and English, new releases, a catalog and ordering information.

Jewish Music Distribution

Jewish Music Distribution, with help from Noa Lachman, has an extensive catalogue of recordings in cd and cassette tape formats as well as sheet music. Their catalogue covers contemporary, klezmer, classical Jewish, Yiddish, religious, Israeli, holiday, Russian, Ladino and so on. They have unique and extensive numbers of materials by British Jewish artists, composers and performing groups. Especially nice is the number of materials for easy piano and other instrumental arrangements for children to become exposed to this music.
Noa Lachman
Jewish Music Distribution
PO Box 67
Hailsham BN27 4UW
Free phone: 0800 7811 686
Tel/Fax: (44) 01323 832 863

Jerusalem Music Centre

Primarily a performance venue for classical music, the Jerusalem Music Centre has several ongoing projects that include audio productions with Israeli composers as well as performers, and some music specifically on Jewish themes. Look under their “productions” section of the website for information on the contents of these CDs.


A joint Dutch/Israeli shop located in Amsterdam that includes chassidic, Israeli, Jewish and folk music. It contains a section on the Eurovision contest and you can obtain recordings for every Israeli entry since 1973. Also includes sections for Trance style and Metal musics, videos.Provides access to purchasing Jewish music to a non-Israeli audience. “From the main page (and from actually any other page), you can access seven music categories. CD’s are arranged alphabetically, by the artist’s last name …Using the search engine – You can search for your favorite artist…” Website information includes hours and directions.
Israelism, Vijzelgracht 61, 1017HP, Amsterdam, Netherlands.Tel: +31-20-420-9330. Fax: +31-20-420-9322.

Israel Media

Israel Media offers a large selection of Israeli and Jewish multimedia products: music, software, videos and DVDs, for institutions and private customers, retail and wholesale. They have Judaic Studies Software, Jewish Educational resources, Jewish Clipart and computer programs for learning Hebrew on CD-Rom, for children and adults. They sell a complete line of Israeli films (both DVD and VHS), historical documentaries, rare Yiddish movies and music, and more. The music selections encompass cantorial, Sephardic, traditional, popular and general Israeli/Jewish music. Israel Media are worldwide distributors of the complete line of the award winning Davka software. Order and buy online at their secure website. They ship worldwide, with no mailing fee.

Hatikvah Music

Hatikvah Music, located in Los Angeles, California, offers Yiddish, Klezmer, Ladino and Cantorial cassettes and CDs; domestic and imports. Hatikvah, an outgrowth of Norty’s Music founded by Norty & Clarice Beckman in 1948, is the oldest Jewish music store in the U.S. As a retailer/distributor, they have extensive and in-depth selections of Jewish Music available and are the exclusive distributor for various  European labels looking for distribution of their Jewish titles. Phone: (323) 655-7083
Hatikvah Music Int., 436 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, Ca., 90036

Baba Yaga Records

French Record website that carries an assortment of Yiddish, klezmer, Chassidic, Ladino and Judeo-Arabic music. Website has English and German mirrors (eventually). There are also announcements about live concerts. People who wish to distribute CDs in Paris should communicate with Frederique, Baba Yaga Records, 8, Rue Adolphe Focillon 75014 Paris, tel 01 45 40 31 31 (

Society for Music Theory

“The Society for Music Theory promotes the development of and engagement with music theory as a scholarly and pedagogical discipline. We construe this discipline broadly as embracing all approaches, from conceptual to practical, and all perspectives, including those of the scholar, listener, composer, performer, teacher, and student. The Society is committed to fostering diversity, inclusivity, and gender equity in the field.”

Aryeh Steiner’s Music Reviews

For anyone interested in the details and subtleties of the Orthodox repertoire, this page of reviews is essential. Aryeh Steiner’s reviews mix the enthusiasm for the genre, along with a discerning musical ear on the arrangements, orchestration, and stylistics of music emanating from the American Yeshiva worlds, and Orthodox music stars. His complete familiarity with a wide range of artists, and insights make an invaluable addition to Jewish music reviews.

Ari Davidow’s Klezmer Shack

An excellent site for reviews of Jewish klezmer sound recordings, written by Ari Davidow. The first ever Jewish blog about klez. The site includes Klezmer news, events and links to Klezmer bands. There is a “klezclassifieds,” and links to radio shows on Jewish music. There are links to information about sheet music, recordings, instruments and organizations. The site mounts full text articles on Klezmer music and interviews. This is a recommended site for anyone interested in learning more about klezmer music.