The Jewish Music Forum and The Center for Jewish History Lecture

The Jewish Music Forum and The Center for Jewish History
are pleased to present

Professor Mark Kligman
(Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)

Friday, April 8, 10 AM
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street

“Beyond Yiddishland: New Studies from the Jewish Musical Mediterranean”

The music of Sephardi Jewish communities is a diverse and complex
cultural phenomenon. Spanning the Mediterranean from the Western
Sephardic communities of Spain and Portugal to North Africa, the Ottoman
Empire and the Levant, the Sephardi world encompasses a vast geographic,
cultural and linguistic space. This presentation will offer a broad
overview of the development of academic scholarship on Western and
Middle Eastern Sephardi musical traditions. Using extensive audio
examples, Professor Kligman will demonstrate the stylistic and cultural
diversity across Mediterranean Jewish communities, past and present.
Guest Chair and Respondent for the event will be Professor Uri Sharvit
of Bar-Ilan University.

This lecture is the fourth session in the New Perspectives on Music in
Jewish Life seminar series of the Jewish Music Forum at the Center for
Jewish History. Please RSVP to the American Society for Jewish Music at or 212-294-8328. Interested individuals may also request a
copy of Professor Kligman’s paper in advance by contacting James
Loeffler at
The Jewish Music Forum is a new project of the American Society for
Jewish Music, an affiliate of the American Jewish Historical Society at
the Center for Jewish History. For more information, please see the