Welcome to the first edition of our new JMI newsletter.

It’s extremely exciting to be relaunching the Jewish Music Institute this year and to be able to announce a really amazing programme of concerts, festivals and workshops coming up over the next few months, and culminating with our Big Relaunch event in October.

I want to say a great big thank you to all the JMI team for making me feel so welcome. It’s been a very inspiring first few months getting my feet under the table and finding out all I can about the fantastic legacy of our founding director and 29 years of amazing work. It’s wonderful to be able to share brainstorming meetings with so many interesting people - musicians, educationalists, producers, promoters - and to begin to see our vision for the future becoming a reality.

It has also been wonderful to meet many friends of the JMI who have supported the organisation over the years and to see your passion for everything that it is that we do. I look forward to meeting more of you over the coming months and hearing about what the JMI means to you.This is going to be an amazing journey, with a great soundtrack.

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A spectacular day relaunching JMI and celebrating the
inspirational world of Jewish music. We have 3 wonderful events:


The Grammy-winning Klezmatics fly in from New York City for their first UK gig in nearly a decade, with London’s own violin superstar Sophie Solomon lending her electric energy to the mix. Expect a night of high octane klezmer and beautiful Yiddish song, a concert steeped in Jewish spiritualism and Eastern European tradition combined with more eclectic musical influences such as gospel, punk, and Arab, African, and Balkan rhythms

The Great Big Story Adventure presents ‘Jonah and the Wailers’

A new programme of of interactive musical storytelling for 4-8 year olds lead and performed by Saul Eisenberg’s Junk Orchestra and storyteller Vanessa Wolf with special guest Susi Evans on clarinet. Join us as we whirlwind around the world telling enchanting stories of new and old, yesterday and tomorrow.

Musical East End Walk
In a special East End walk with music devised for the JMI, local historian and East End aficionado David Rosenberg will tell the story of the area from 1880 to the First World War, explaining the impact of Jewish immigration on all aspects of life. The walk will take in landmark buildings such as the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the Rothschild Buildings, the Workers Circle, the first Yiddish workers co-op and the first Yiddish theatre and guest musicians Dave Shulman and Zachary Gvirtzman will pop up en route to perform pieces by local East End boys such as Ronnie Scott, Solomon Schwartz, Joe Loss and Bud Flanagan. Finish off the walk in style by stopping off at the Brick Lane Beigel Bake for an old-time taste of the East End.

  Event information

Venue: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN
Time: 7pm
Price: £18 (£15)


Venue:Jackson’s Lane Community Centre, 269A Archway Road London N6 5AA
Workshops: 1.30pm-2.15pm, 2.45pm-3.30pm, 4pm-4.45pm
Price: £9.95, £7.95
(for additional children)

Walk Times: 10-11.30am, 12-1.30pm
Meet at: Whitechapel Art Gallery
Price: £12 (£10), under 10s go FREE


Songlines Encounters Festival

JMI is proud to be collaborating with Songlines Magazine and Ikon Arts on their annual world music festival at Kings Place. We have curated a series of top class London based world music acts who will be performing for free before and after the main events in the foyer. Artists include Mavrika, Katy Carr & The Aviators, Nick Hart, Alua Nascimento and Alba Cabral and DJ Max Reinhardt.

More info

  Event information

Date: Wednesday 6 - Saturday 9 June Time: 6.45-10.30pm Venue: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Foyer events FREE


The Big Klezmer Jam

The Big Klezmer Jam does what it says on the tin. It is London’s monthly event for klezmer enthusiasts to get together and play some tunes. The session, on the second Sunday of every month, is a free event with a super-friendly vibe. Bring an instrument and a melody and be ready to jam 2-4pm. There will be an Introduction to Klezmer workshop from 1-2pm led by some of the UK's finest klezmorim, kicking off this month with Francesca Ter-Berg (cello).

  Event information

Date: Starting 10 June 2012 and continuing monthly. Please see our website for up to date info.
Time: Workshop 1-2pm, Jam 2- 4pm
Venue: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Price: Jam is free, optional workshop is £5 (pay on door)


JCC Big Midsummer Fest

JMI is collaborating with JCC, the Jewish Film Festival and Jewish Book Week on the Big Midsummer Fest, with music by The Dead Victorians and She’koyokh Klezmer Ensemble.

  Event information

Date: Sunday 17 June Time: 7-11pm
Venue: Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG
Price: £6 per person

  Klezmer Courses at SOAS World Music Summer School

Come and discover the joys of klezmer with two of the UK’s top teachers and performers, Ilana Cravitz (fiddle) and Merlin Shepherd (clarinet). Over the course of the week you’ll learn how to play the soulful and celebratory music of Jews from Eastern Europe from the last century. Open to all instruments and ages.

For more details, see the website or contact

  Workshop information

Date: Monday 2 - Friday 6 July
Time: 6.45-10.30pm
Venue: SOAS Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

  7th Annual European Cantors Convention 2012

With guest cantors Joseph Malovany(New York), Aaron Bensoussan (Canada), Yechezkel Klang (Israel) and Alexander Tsaliuk (Moscow).

Contact: Alex Klein, Convener Elect, European, Cantors Convention, Cantors Association, 0161 798 7631, 07792 494 584,

  Workshop information

Date: Monday 2 - Thursday 5 July
Time: 6.45-10.30pm
Venue: Manchester UK

  Dance workshop with Steve Weintraub
Instrument workshop with Jake Shulman-Ment

An afternoon of Klezmer music and dance with internationally renowned teachers Steve Weintraub (dance, US) and Jake Shulman-Ment(USA/France) who will be joined by Ilana Cravitz (violin), Carol Isaacs (accordion) and Francesca Ter-Berg (cello) for a very special workshop for all ages and abilities.

For more details, see the website and/or
contact Ilana Cravitz.

  Workshop information

Date: Sunday 15 July
Time: 1-5pm
Venue: SOAS Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Price: Afternoon workshop £25, concession £20.
Individual lessons: Book by Wednesday 11 July if you would like a 40-minute 1-2-1 lesson

  Ot Azoy

JMI’s famous full immersion course in Yiddish Language and Culture for people of all ages, levels and backgrounds – where even complete beginners learn to speak, read, write and even dream in Yiddish in a week. Classes are held at 4 levels, led, as ever by Helen (Khayele) Beer with her popular team of Sonya Pinkusowitz, Heather Valencia and Lily Kahn and with Barry Davis presenting films. Shura Lipovsky, Director of the JMI Yiddish Song School, will be teaching a daily session of Yiddish through song. You will also be amazed at how much you are able to learn about reading writing and speaking Yiddish in only one week.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the execution of Soviet Yiddish writers and so we will feature literature and poetry from this period, together with a chance to watch rare films of the era presented by Barry Davis.

  Workshop information

Dates: Sunday, 12 Aug - Friday, 17 Aug
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue: SOAS Vernon Square Campus WC1X 9EW
Price: £235 (students £135)

  The Golden Peacock - Yiddish Song School (formerly Tumbala!)

JMI’s annual Yiddish Song School (Formerly Tumbala!) is for advanced singers who wish to embrace the rich Yiddish song repertoire. Mornings are spent studying the vocabulary, syntax, grammar and pronunciation of the language with the outstanding language of teachers of JMI’s Ot Azoy! Experience has shown that being able to understand and speak a little Yiddish adds enormously to a singer’s musical interpretation. The afternoons will be devoted to masterclasses and workshops in style and approach with some of the world’s most revered teachers and performers of Yiddish song, Shura Lipovsky (Amsterdam), Polina Shepherd (Brighton) and Hilda Bronstein(London).

This year we will feature many of the songs made famous by the much admired Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper who died tragically last year and will celebrate Adrienne’s life in the Thursday evening event ‘Lomir alle zingen’.

  Workshop information

Dates: Sunday, 12 Aug - Friday, 17 Aug
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue: SOAS Vernon Square Campus WC1X 9EW
Price: £235 (students £135)

  JMI presents Israeli Music Competition & Bloch Competition Finals

World-class soloists perform classical works by Israeli composers and the music of Ernest Bloch as they compete in the finals of these two prestigious annual awards.

  Event information

Date: Thursday 12 July Time: 6.45-10.30pm
Venue: The Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS
Price: £15

  Klezmer in the Park

The JMI’s Klezmer in the Park festival in Regent’s Park has become something of an institution. This year’s artists include the London Klezmer Quartet, Los Desterrados, the Yiddish Twist Orchestra, Monooka, She’koyokh and DJ Max Reinhardt. There’ll be Klezmer on Stilts, Sephardi and Ashkenazi eats and children’s workshops. Come on down for a fun-packed afternoon for all the family in one of London’s most beautiful parks.

  Event information

Date: Sunday 9 September
Time: 1.00-6pm
Venue: Regent’s Park Bandstand
Price: FREE


Tcha Limberger @ the Vortex

13 June, 8pm: Tcha Limberger @ the Vortex.

Concert and Lecture on the
Jews of Kurdistan

28 June, 6pm: Concert and Lecture on the Jews of Kurdistan, at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington.
Book tickets

South London One Day Limmud 2012

An exciting day of Jewish study with 80 top line presenters
Sunday 1 July 9am-6pm
Pimlico Academy, London, SW1V 3AT
Book tickets