Classes & Courses

Ensemble Lucidarium Summer Jewish Renaissance Music

Here’s some information about a tuition-free course Ensemble Lucidarium
will be giving in Venice this Summer. It’s an opportunity to make music and learn about the Italian cantorial tradition and Jewish Renaissance music while living in the city itself, and
will feature lectures various aspects of Venetian culture, an in-depth
guided visit to the Ghetto and Jewish Cemetery and a traditional Italian
Shabbat service.  There will be a workshop on old Jewish song, and you can
even try your hand at traditional Italian percussion…

The Music of the Merchant:  Summer course in Venetian Renaissance and Italian Jewish Music”

July 24 – 30, 2017,

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola San Giorgio Maggiore,
Venice, Italy.
Ensemble Lucidarium
Enrico Fink: Italian cantorial tradition, Jewish song, voice
Avery Gosfield: instrumental ensemble, Jewish song, recorder, pipe and tabor
Gloria Moretti: vocal ensemble, voice
Francis Biggi: instrumental ensemble, mixed ensemble, plucked strings
Massimiliano Dragoni: traditional and early percussion, hammer dulcimer

Workshops on: repertoire linked to carnival and the Commedia dell’Arte;
the reconstruction of Jewish song in the 16th century; the Italian Jewish

HEBREW COLLEGE Prayer Leader Summer Institute

Sing.  Create.  Explore.

Interested in Jewish music and liturgy? Deepen your understanding and hone your musical skills. Week-long classes in June and July.

“We’re delighted to offer this intensive music training to anyone with a love of Jewish liturgical music, who wants to hone their skills and add new ones to their repertoire,” said Cantor Brian Mayer, dean of the School of Jewish Music.

Classes will be taught by School of Jewish Music faculty, as well as guest instructors who are specialists in their fields.  Among the class offerings are:

  • Teaching and Leading Songs in Contemporary Synagogue Worship, with Cantor Jeff Klepper
  • Building Spiritual Communities, with Shir Yaakov Feit , singer, composer and specialist in Renewal-style repertoire
  • Niggun and Klezmer, with renowned Klezmer musician Rabbi Sruli Dresdner
  • Teaching Music, with singer/educator Ellen Allard
  • Sacred Drumming, with teacher/percussionist Mitch Gordon
  • Shabbat and Weekday Nusach, with Cantors Brian Mayer and Becky Wexler Khitrik CAN ‘14
  • Accompanied Repertoire for Shabbat, with guest instructors including Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer HCRS ’14, Rav-Hazzan Neil Blumofe, Cantor Marcie Jonas CAN ’10, and Rabbi Ebn Leader

In addition to offering courses, the Prayer Leader Summer Institute will also offer An Evening of Klezmer Music with Sruli & Lisa on Tuesday June 28 at 7:30pm.…

Music of the Jewish People CG501–an ONLINE course

Join me online, your host at The Jewish Music WebCenter, as I teach an entirely online course through Hebrew College in the “Music of the Jewish People”.

This online course investigates the role that music has played in Jewish life from ancient to modern times. Topics include music in the time of the Bible, rabbinic attitudes toward music, music and mysticism, the development of the modes for prayer and scriptural cantillation, church and synagogue music are compared, music of the holidays and the life cycle, folk and popular music in the Diaspora, the development of art music in the modern era and music in modern Israel. It also includes music of American Jews. Prior knowledge of music is not required. Cannot count for graduate credit for the students in the Cantorial Ordination programs.…

Klezmer Modality Session Three with Jeff Warshauer

Klezmer Modality Session Three — with Jeff Warshauer

We’ve had two great sessions on modality. This Thursday we will have one more session on this topic. We will continue our exploration of the minor modes, review the major modes, and work on modulating from mode to mode.

As always, we will continue our study through ear training, improvisation and composition exercises, and an exploration of written and aural source materials.

Come one, come all, even if you missed the previous sessions on modality. We’ll get you caught up!

Thursday May 23, 2013 from 7 PM to 9 PM
The Workmen’s Circle
247 West 37 Street #5,
New York, NY 10018
$30/$25 Workmen’s Circle members.
For more information:

Master Klezmer Class with Clarinetist David Krakauer

Master Klezmer Class with Clarinetist David Krakauer
Monday, November 14, 7:00-10:00pm
Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley.

7:00-8:00pm: Lecture/demo by internationally-acclaimed klezmer and classical clarinetist David Krakauer, who will demonstrate klezmer technique and share personal stories and insights prior to the hands-on portion of the workshop.

8:00-10:00pm: Master class for “high intermediate to professional level” musicians. Participants will play (alone or with a pre-formed group) and will receive constructive feedback and coaching.

Registration fee:
* Individuals who play for Mr. Krakauer: $50/person
* Groups that play: $35/person
* Listeners (“auditors”): $20/person.
A limited number of reduced price scholarships will be available. Inquire at info[at]
Registration process:
Please reserve your space via phone (415.789.7679) or email (info[at] Tell us your name, email, and telephone and whether you will listen only OR play a solo OR play with a group of a specific number of people.…

Yiddish Song Workshop at Felicja Blumental Music Centre Tel Aviv

The Yiddish Song Workshop‚ under the direction of Nekhama Lifshitz‚ is now admitting new singers. For details please contact Regina (0547621628) or Udi (0542026242). The workshop was founded 12 years ago by Nekhama Lifshitz‚ queen of Yiddish song. The aims of the workshop are to preserve Eastern European culture in general and Yiddish language and song in particular. Weekly workshop lessons are conducted privately by pianist and coach Regina Dricker‚ Nekhama’s right hand for many years. The lessons include voice training and study of Yiddish language and culture through the songs. Every year the workshop presents a number of song evenings or shows based upon different themes. Some of the performances‚ such as the evening dedicated to the Holocaust‚ are held throughout the country. This past year‚ which was dedicated to Yiddish poet Itsik Manger‚ we put on performances of ”The Megilah” [The Purimspiel] as well as a concert of Manger’s poetry and songs.…

Music in Education Webinar: Eprhyme’s “Pride and Prejudice” and a Jewish View of Assimilation

An online webinar presenting class in Jewish music.
Go to: for complete details
Thursday, April 8, 2010 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
for Webinar Registration
the first of Lishmoa’s free Educators’ Webinars. As we prepare for Yom Hashoa, we will be presenting the lesson “Eprhyme’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and a Jewish View of Assimilation,” based on artist Eprhyme’s song “Pride and Prejudice.”

The lesson was written by Writer/Educator Danny Zeldin and is geared for High School students, although educators of all types are welcome to participate in the webinar. Rabbi Ethan Linden (Shir Chadash synagogue in New Orleans) will present the lesson and demonstrate how this powerful song can be used as a teaching tool in the classroom. We hope to be joined by Danny Zeldin as well as Eprhyme who will discuss the messages presented within his songs.…

Music of the Jewish People Online Course

There’s still room and time to sign up! The “Music of the Jewish People,” a full semester, tremendously fun online course at the college level is being offered by Hebrew College. I’m teaching this course for HC, and looking forward to a variety of participants, from college students and up, from anywhere in the US or abroad. I understand that there is still time to sign up to get credits (better hurry and not forget to sign upafter Rosh Hashanah!)

You can also take the course as a “non-credit” course and many people not needing the course for a degree may choose that route. Either way, for credit or non-credit, I’m expecting it to be exciting.

Course Description:
Have you ever wondered what Jews sang in synagogue in Colonial America?…

My Online Course! Music of the Jewish People

New this fall from Hebrew College:
Online courses from the School of Jewish Music

I’m teaching an online course in Jewish music through Hebrew College of Boston. It’s called “Music of the Jewish People.” You won’t have to be able to read music, although of course, that always helps! However, it’s not actually required for taking this course. It’s all online, and there’s no particular “class time.” You “attend” the course completely online, get your resources and discussion online. The course is a college-level course and is intended for individuals who have completed high school and above.

You have to register and pay for the course registration through the Hebrew College.
After September 4th, there is a late registration fee, so register right away!
Anyone interested in taking your course should be directed to the Registrar (Marilyn Jaye – or 617-559-8642).…

London in August IZ YIDISH UN KLEZ

Sunday 2 – Friday 7 August
Ot Azoy! This is the way – to Speak, Read and Write Yiddish in a week!
JMI famous crash course in Yiddish language and culture for beginners to advanced students
SOAS, University of London
Details and Registration 020 8909 2445
Presented by the Jewish Music Institute


Sunday 9 – Friday 14 August
JMI KlezFest London

A week-long intensive, inspiring and fun-packed Summer School of traditional Eastern European Jewish music, song and dance for professionals and amateurs (grade 5 and above) of all ages and backgrounds. Focus on how to teach klezmer music and dance; playing in ensembles and learning by ear. Students can mix and match between playing, dancing and singing. Performances led by students and professionals at SOAS, Kings Cross Station, the Jazz Café and local bars.…

Music In Jewish Education at Gratz College

Music In Jewish Education
Monday July 27 – Friday, July 31
Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman, Professor of Music and Education

Discover ways music can be used to enhance the teaching of Bible, holidays, history, Israel, Jewish values and Hebrew. Explore methods and materials for using music in formal and informal settings and at different age levels. If you love Jewish music, this class is for you, whether you’re an experienced musician or a general classroom teacher.

Take this class for the love of learning, to earn credit toward licensure, or to begin an academic program leading to a career in Jewish music.
For more information

Middle Eastern Music and Dance Retreat

Imagine – a week long, all day and all night, music and dance with
master musicians and dancers in a magical red wood forest:

August 17 – 24, 2008

Middle Eastern Music and Dance Retreat
Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Yuval Ron
Naser Musa
Souhail Caspar
Dror Sinai
and many more world music artists of Middle Eastern music and dance.

Location: Mendocino, CA
Registration and more information:

Studying Jewish music at SOAS

SOAS University of LondonThe Music Department runs BA, MMus and PhD degree programmes; all focus on world music, with the opportunity to specialize in regional traditions including Jewish musics, and to receive high-level training in performance. In the BA, Music can be combined with language studies, Development Studies, Anthropology and many other academic disciplines, while PhD projects can be practice-led, fieldwork-based, or theoretical.

Scholarship support is available for Jewish Music studies at SOAS via the recently inaugurated JMI Mildred Loss Studentships. Please contact Abigail Wood for application details. Specialist research resources include the JMI library, housed at SOAS.

BA Music Studies

Jewish music course options currently include:
· Aspects of Jewish Music (2nd/3rd year)
· Popular Music and Politics in Israel (2nd/3rd year)
· Klezmer music: roots and revival (2nd/3rd year)
· Performance options: klezmer (1st year); free choice of performance study (2nd and 3rd yars).…

Amsterdam Jewish Music School Opening Day Schedule Available

LESSON PROGRAM 5768 2007/2008 & OPEN DAY Sunday 16.09.07 Jewish Music School

For complete information, email the school.

Do you and/or your child(ren) want to follow our Jewish music lessons, than please send your name, address, phone/mobile, e-mail address & title(s) of the lesson programs to: or Jewish Music School, Postbus 15894, 1001 NJ Amsterdam. You also can phone us: 020 624 11 32 / 06 166 463 75.

The administration of the Music School Amsterdam sends you the “Aanmeldingsformulier” by post. Please subscribe before the 8th of September 2007.

Please forward this message !

drs Anton Molenaar
organisatie & management cultuureducatie

Joodse muzieklessen i.s.m. Muziekschool Amsterdam
Tel +31 (20) 624 11 32
Mob 06 166 463 75
Locatie Muziekschool Amsterdam
Bachstraat 5, 1077 GD Amsterdam
Postadres Postbus 15894, 1001 NJ Amsterdam…

Jewish Music School in Amsterdam Newsletter

Jewish Music School, Amsterdam
The Jewish Music School exclusively teaches Jewish music under professional coaching and guidance.
The school offers students, irrespective of your background, a wide range of educational programs.
The Jewish Music School wants to provide a hospitable environment for everyone.
The educational program is aimed at all age groups, from musical forming for the youngest until education
for yougsters and adults. The levels vary from amateurs to (semi)professionals. The lessons – mainly in groups – are in Dutch, English or Hebrew. The teachers have a vast experience in teaching Jewish music in all its varieties from Ashkenazim (Eastern European Jews) as well as the Sephardim (Spanish-Portuguese Jews).

Educational Program
At the moment JMS is organizing and scheduling the educational program for 2007-2008.
If you would like to receive our programm, please contact:
Jewish Music School, Postbox 15894, 1001 NJ Amsterdam
Mobile phone 06 166 463 75
Phone 020 624 11 32.…

Study Jewish Music at SOAS

The School of Oriental and African Studies, part of the University of
London, offers unique opportunities for the study of Jewish musics.

The SOAS Music department runs BA, MMus and PhD degree programmes; all focus
on world music, with the opportunity to specialize in regional traditions
including Jewish musics, and to receive high- level training in performance.
In the BA, Music can be combined with language studies, Development Studies,
Anthropology and many other academic disciplines, while PhD projects can be
practice-led, fieldwork-based, or theoretical.

SOAS is the only university in the UK with a dedicated lectureship in Jewish
music, established in memory of the late Jewish bandleader Joe Loss z”l.
Course options include a survey of Jewish musics, specialised units in
klezmer and in Israeli pop, individual research projects, and Jewish
performance options.…

Clarinets in Safed this Summer

Looking for something great to do in Israel this summer? If you are a clarinetist you can find the perfect way to learn, have fun, and play great music. The 4th annual celebration of classical, jazz and klezmer music is once again being led in the old city of Safed by Giora Feidman. Experience instruction, master classes and performances from August 6-13 in Safed, Israel. For details, see the (it’s a pdf file so you need Adobe Acrobat to open).

International Klezmer Celebration in Safed in July

Classical, Jazz and Klezmer clarinetists from all over the world will meet in Safed, Israel, during the week of July 2-9, 2006 for instruction and concerts. .Master classes will be offered in classical and jazz clarinet and in klezmer style for all instruments. Classes will take place at various sites around the city of Sared. Nightly performances from students with a Gala Final Concert, coinciding with the 19th Annual Safed Klezmer Festival July 9-11. The full program is at The artistic director of the week of classes is Giora Feidman. A pdf announcement can be read by clicking here

Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv, Israel
July 3 – 28, 2006
A vibrant new Summer Program in Yiddish language and culture is now available at Tel Aviv University. Under the auspices of Beth Shalom Aleichem, The Goldreich Family Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Tel Aviv University and the Abraham Lerner Fund, this four-week program during the month of July 2006, offers intensive Yiddish instruction on campus at the beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels, and a rich afternoon program of lectures, tours, theatre, concerts, museums, films, and cultural events organized by YUNG YiDiSH in conjunction with Beth Shalom Aleichem. As students of the Lowy School for Overseas Students at Tel Aviv University whose credentials are recognized by universities world-wide, participants will receive 80 hours of language instruction (four credits) with highly qualified and experienced teachers in small classes and will be housed in dormitories adjacent to the campus.…

KlezFest London 2006 alongside a Jewish Song School this summer

KlezFest London 2006 Sunday 13-Friday 18 August
Jewish Song School Sunday 13-Friday 18 August
Ot Azoy! Yiddish Course Sunday 6-Friday 11 August

KlezFest London is a hands-on learning experience with luminaries of the Klezmer revival
from Europe and America, focusing on the style, ornamentation, rhythm and repertoire of
Eastern European Jewish music, song and dance. It is an inspirational and life-enhancing
experience for amateur and professional instrumentalists and singers. In 2006, KlezFest
includes a special parallel strand for professional klezmer players as well as the
parallel Song School. KlezFest is preceded by a fantastic one-week Yiddish course ideal
for complete beginners and for singers but catering also for advanced language students.
Booking is now open and details and registration can be found on Web

Courses in Boston with Yelena Neplok

New England Conservatory, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, presents two
ten week courses with Instructor Yelena Neplok. “Eastern European Jewish
Musical Traditions” runs on Wednesdays, February 15-May 3, 2006, from
7:00 -8:30 p.m. and “The Art of Russian Piano Music” runs on Tuesdays,
February 14-April 25, 2006, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Registration starts on January 10th.
Financial Aid available/*/ (call 617-585-1125 to apply)
For more information, contact the instructor at 617-566-7969 or email:
Tuition for NEC School of Continuing Education is $325 – for non credit,
and $450 for the credit.

Preparation for Chazzonim and Baaley Tefila

An evening of presentations to prepare for Chazzonim and Baaley Tefila for the High Holidays is being sponsored by Cantors World and the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music, Yeshiva University. Being held at The Jewish Center, 131 West 86th Street, NYC on September 22nds, 8:00pm, the evening features presentations from Cantor Bernard Beer “A Guide to Leading the High Holy Day Service”; Dr. Peak Woo, MD, “Ensuring Vocal Health During a Stressful Season”; and Cantor Abraham Weingarten “Maintaining Vocal Clarity and Strength Throughout Davening”. The evening is bein moderated by Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky and will deal with major issues pertaining to the shliach tzibur, issues of vocal health and maintenacne and ideas for successful delivery and choice of nusach and tunes. There will be a question and answer session following the presentations.…

92nd Street Y offers classes on Mahler and Schoenberg

Beginning today, Sept. 18. Daniel Felsenfeld will lead a series of 12 sessions on Mahler and Schoenberg being offered by the 92nd Street Y School of Muisc. It examines two of the most important composers of the 20th century, both of whom happed to be born Jewish. Mahler’s work summed up the Romantic period and marked its closure; Schoenberg, following Mahler’s direction, created many of the musical techniques that define the 20th century. Both men converted in their lifetimes. Schoenberg returned later in life to Judaism. The class examines their works, their biographies and thei culture that surrounded them The course is taught by composer and music writer Daniel Felsenfeld. 2-3pm. Cost: $320.

O P E N D A G Jewish Music School in Amsterdam

Jewish Music School
Joodse Muziekschool
muziekuitvoering leerlingen & docenten
open lessen & kennismaking docenten
Bachstraat 5, Amsterdam-zuid
zondag 26 juni 2005 ~ van 14.15-17.00 uur

Jewish Music School
performance pupils & teachers
open lessons & meet the teachers
Bachstraat 5, Amsterdam-south
Sunday June 26, 2005 ~ from 14.15-17.00 hours

Jewish Music School 020 771 58 81

Second Annual Clarinet and Klezmer in Safed, Israel

The Old City of Safed will host an international group of musicians, for the Second Annual Clarinet and Klezmer in the Galilee program of Clarinet Master Classes and Performances, Aug 15-22, 2005. This year’s program will be under the Artistic Directorship of Giora Feidman, Master Klezmer and Classical Clarinetist. The ever-popular Safed Klezmer Festival will follow, from Aug 23-25.
The Program includes a week of Master Classes in Classical and Jazz Clarinet, and in the Klezmer style for all instruments. Classes will take place in historical synagogues and sites in the Old City of Safed.
For more information, and to receive a registration form, please contact:
Hanan Bar-Sela at Tel: +972-52-335-2797,or
Michal Beit-Halachmi at Tel: +972-54-443-2234 or
by email at:


The JEWISH MUSIC SCHOOL in Amsterdam is looking for funds, sponsors and other financial sources and/or support.
The Jewish Music School
c/o Muziekschool Amsterdam
Bachstraat 5, Amsterdam-zuid
is the first music school in the Netherlands/Europe, to concentrate uniquely on Jewish musical education and training. The music school offers a wide variety of classes and courses, both practical and/or theoretical. In addition it offers facilities for studying and practicing Jewish music under expert guidance. Besides providing the necessary facilities for our present teaching needs, this location will also enable us to expand and cooperate with other Jewish (cultural) organizations, which will also be able to make use of the premises.
For more information:

Jewish Music School
P.o.b. 15894 ~ 1001 NJ
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone/Fax: +31 (0)20 771 58 81…

KlezKamp 20

At: The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, New York
2004 marks the 20th edition of KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts
. And while this is our birthday celebration, KlezKampers are
the ones who receive the gifts.

Our theme, Doyres/Generations, explores how Yiddish culture and
KlezKamp is passed through generations featuring KlezKamp doyres:
Chana Mlotek and son Zalmen, mother/daughter Elaine Hoffman-Watts and
Susan Watts, Anita Norich and father Isaac, Pearl Sapoznik and son plus
others. Our anniversary gives us a chance to dip into our archives to
show rare classroom videos of beloved KlezKamp teachers no longer with
us, and to also issue a special commemorative 2-CD anthology highlighting
20 years of our incomparable staff concerts. more….

Yiddish songs and dances in Regents Park London

When JMI KlezFest London opens on Sunday 8 August, all London hears about
it – as the biggest UK klezmer band will assemble round the bandstand at
Regents Park (its too big to be ON the bandstand) last year there were 69
players, this year we expect to break that record. If you are in or near
London please bring your instruments and join us in the ‘Inner Circle’ (this
is a Road Direction as well as an emotional state) from 3.00-6.00pm

College Course in Texas on klezmer

For Jewish music fans in the neighborhood of College Station,
Texas this fall, the Department of Performance Studies is offering
a new course that might be of interest:
Dr. Jeffrey L. Wollock (Visiting Scholar in Performance Studies) < /br>
MWF 10:20-11:10 in Room 402A Academic �The Music Room�
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For more information, please contact Dr. Wollock: < /br>


The faculty is now announced for the KLEZ CALIFORNIA program in June, including: Stu Brotman | Adrienne Cooper | Corey Fisher | Josh Horowitz | Peter Jacques | Eli Katz | Kevin Mummey | Steve Saxon | Naomi Seidman | Cookie Segelstein | Claire Sherman | Deborah Strauss | Gerry Tenney | Harvey Varga | Jeff Warschauer | Steve Weintraub.
June 20th to the 25th, 2004
Info: 415-789-7679

Delaware Valley Jewish Choral

Gratz College will host the 4th annual Delaware Valley Jewish Choral
Festival on Sunday, March 28. Sponsored by the Zamir Choral Foundation in
conjunction with Gratz and the Jewish choral community of the Delaware
Valley, the event is designed for lovers of Jewish music of all backgrounds… Contact the Tyson Music Department at Gratz College, 215-635-7300, or e-mail See more information…

Kol Zimra: Chant Leader’s Training

Held at ELAT CHAYYIM in 99 Mill Hook Road, Accord, New York, starting August 2-8, 2004…
If you are one of the many people who have been moved and transformed by Rabbi Shefa Gold’s chanting practice and if you are a healer, teacher, artist or spiritual leader in your community, here is your chance to cultivate the inner qualities and learn the practical techniques that will enable you to bring that joy and meaning to others…not to mention the abundant blessings it will bring to your own spiritual life. Please feel free to pass this information on to others
who might benefit from it.