I hope you’ve had a fantastic summer. The holidays might be drawing to an end but the great news is that the fun is most definitely not over yet.  

Klezmer in the Park is coming up on Sunday 7th September, so what better way to banish the back-to-school blues than to come down to Regents Park for an afternoon of amazing music, dancing and kids’ workshops. This year’s line up includes She’koyokh, The Turbans, Tantz, Shir, an extract from JMI's Drawing Life and Alan Bern’s UK Klezmer Allstars. And if you’re instrumentally inclined, do make sure you register in advance for the masterclass with accordion maestro Alan Bern.
See you in the park

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Happy New Year 5775
Message from our Chair of Trustees, Jen Jankel
In this exciting 30th anniversary year, as we move towards the Jewish High Holy Days to welcome in the year 5775 we look back with huge pride at JMI’s achievements over the last 12 months.
The JMI commission ‘Drawing Life’, composed by Jocelyn Pook and directed by Emma Bernard, was previewed on the opening night of Jewish Book Week.  It was followed this summer by the outstanding Gala Performance at JW3. This unique and creative work has introduced JMI to new and larger audiences.  As we continue to develop the future of this piece we will keep you closely informed regarding further performances.
JMI welcomed more than double the amount of students to their Goldene Pave Yiddish song school which together with the Ot Azoy Yiddish language course, forms the annual JMI Summer School. Zingt! The People’s Yiddish Chorus was very successfully launched at JW3 and will recommence this autumn with more classes, going fortnightly in 2015.
The Joe Loss Lecture and Master class Series were launched in November 2014 and have attracted many new people to JMI’s education programme. We are delighted to welcome back to SOAS this September Ilana Webster-Kogan as Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music.
JMI’s 30th anniversary year culminates with our renowned one day music festival ‘Klezmer in the Park’. We look forward to welcoming you all to this celebration of Jewish music and culture for all the family.
Best wishes



Bandstand line-up

This year we have another brilliant musical line up for you to enjoy. Come on down for a fun-packed afternoon for all the family in one of London’s most beautiful parks with special guest presenter BBC Radio 3 DJ Max Reinhardt.

12.00pm JFS Klezmer band
12.45pm Tantz
1.45pm She’koyokh
3pm An extract from JMI's Drawing Life
3.30pm Shir
4.45pm Alan Bern's UK Klezmer All Stars
5.45pm The Turbans

To hear the preview podcast click here



Date: Sun 7 Sep
Time: 12-6pm
Venue: Bandstand, Regents park, NW1, 4NR 
Price: FREE


Kids Zone Activities

This year marks the return of the hugely successful Kids Zone with a jam-packed day of activities for children to enjoy.

Programme includes:

JMI’s Klezmer Krafting
Face Painting from JMI
JW3’s Family Fun
Spiro Ark’s Hoopla with Hebrew
Balloon Band
Drawing Life Workshop


Date: Sun 7 Sep
Time: 12-6pm
Venue: Bandstand, Regents Park, NW1 4NR
Price: FREE


Learn Klezmer

We are very proud to welcome Alan Bern as the next international master musician to teach in our masterclass series.
Master accordionist Alan Bern is the musical director of Brave Old World and since the early 1980s has been one of the leading lights in the teaching and revival of Yiddish music in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has played with the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Andy Statman, the Klezmatics, Kapelye, Theodore Bikel amongst many others and is currently part of a duo with accordionist Guy Klucevsek, a trio with trumpeter Paul Brody and guitarist Michael Rodach, a quartet “Brave Old World”, with Michael Alpert, Kurt Bjorling and Stuart Brotman and a septet with Aaron Alexander, Paul Brody, Alex Kontorovich, Cesar Lerner, Martin Lillich, and Marcelo Moguilevsky.
Since the 1990's he has been consultant and/or faculty member at many international festivals and workshops of Yiddish music and he is currently the Program Director of Yiddish Summer Weimar. His contributions to Yiddish music have been cited in essential books on the revival of Jewish music, such as American Klezmer by Mark Slobin, The Essential Klezmer by Seth Rogovoy, and Virtually Jewish by Ruth Ellen Gruber.

Instrumental proficiency required, Grade 5, any instrument welcome. 

Free: SOAS Students Only.
£10: Concessions
£11: Full Price


Date: Mon 8 Sep
Time: 630-830pm
Venue: SOAS, Russell Sq.
Price: Free/£10/£11




Sing Yiddish
Led by Polina Shepherd, one of Europe’s leading musicians in the field, JMI’s Zingt! The People’s Chorus at JW3 is open to all. Participants learn traditional and new Yiddish songs, nigunim and specific ornamentations of this singing style. They sing Yiddish songs in 1-4 parts with and without sheet music, and nigunim mostly accompanied by piano but also a cappella.
Dates: 7th & 28th October, 11th & 25th November
The course culminates in a concert at JW3 on 23rd December.


Date: 7,28 Oct, 11,25 Nov
Time: 645-845pm
Venue: JW3
Price: £10


Jewish Musical Odyssey

The Adrianne Greenbaum trio/quartet: Scotshne AND Fleytmusic

Scottish Tour, 14th to 21st September 2014

A concert of baroque gypsy music, classical Hebrew songs alongside traditional Scot folk tunes and a hefty amount of foot-stomping klezmer adds up to supreme entertainment, however you slice it! Presenting two ensembles in: "Scotchne" and "FleytMuzik", led by klezmer and classical flutist Adrianne Greenbaum, with Michael Alpert (fiddle, vocals, and percussion), Lev Atlas, (Violin/Viola), and David McGuinness (keyboards) traces the musical influences of the Eastern European Jewish community as they travelled west from Slovakia to Scotland and everywhere in between.
For more information on this tour please see our website here


Dates: 14 to 21 Sep
Venues: Various venues across Scotland


JMI needs you!
JMI's one-day free family festival, Klezmer In The Park takes place on Sunday 7th September and we're looking for brilliant volunteers to help the event. Are you friendly, energetic and a good communicator?  Would you enjoy helping JMI deliver our festival? If the answer is yes to all these questions, or if you interested and have a few questions for us, then do not hesitate, please do contact us here 

We offer the opportunity to be part of one of London's Jewish cultural calendar highlights and you will be fed and watered.

Our music-filled events, move and educate audiences as well as wow critics and we put that success down to not only the music but the quality of our volunteers.





We are delighted to report that this years Ot Azoy Yiddish Language School and Goldene Pave - our Yiddish Song School, were both a great success with the song school receiving a record level of attendance - double the numbers of last year.
We welcome to our faculty team Annick Prime Margules from Paris and Karsten Troyke from Berlin. We look forward to them joining us again next year - talented new members of the course.
An example of the feedback from one of our students:
"The week was not merely a Yiddish course as I’d expected; it was a wonderful encompassing experience of Yiddishland. Teachers were inspiring, singing was a joy, and my fellow students, from their twenties to their nineties, were all friendly and interesting. I especially enjoyed the film studies, the high level lectures and my efforts in the 20-strong choir. The last night party was exuberance set free. We performed, we sang our hearts out, we talked enthusiastically with our new friends over great food, all too soon to part for the real world. What a treat of learning with fun. Can’t wait for the next. Hearty thanks to everyone who made it happen."

Prof. Joan Freeman.

Our JMI Team thank both students and faculty members for giving so much of themselves to learn, sing and share this rich heritage of language.

Gil Karpas
Event Manager

*A selection of photographs can be found here





2014 Convention Report

"Budapest’s Rumbach Street Synagogue, unused for fifty years, burst into life again when the European Cantors Association (ECA) chose it as the venue for Shabbat services at their ninth Annual Cantors Convention earlier this month. The octagonal unique Moorish Revival synagogue, designed in the 1870s by Viennese architect Otto Wagner, has an intricately patterned interior painted in Islamic style. The last Shabbat morning service on a Shabbat is believed to have been in approximately 1964, after which the shul fell into gradual disrepair.
The synagogue is owned by the Budapest Jewish Community and is awaiting restoration. It's unique acoustics made it the perfect setting for the services, led by various cantors and accompanied by the twenty-strong Jerusalem Cantors Choir conducted by Mancunian Paul Salter.
This year’s convention attracted some sixty cantors from all over the world and was led by renowned Chazzanim Asher Hainovitz of Jerusalem’s Yeshurun Synagogue and Yaakov Motzen of The Shul of Bal Harbour, Florida. They took masterclasses and taught vocal techniques on this year’s theme – the High Holydays.
The cantors listened to a number of other talks, including Jerry Glanz, the son of late famous Chazzan Leib Glanz; Eric Moses from Toronto; Prague’s Rabbi Dr Michael Dushinsky and Leeds cantor Yossi Saunders of Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue, who spoke on his experiences at the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute from which he graduated a few years ago.

Cantors from all over Europe were joined by those from Israel and Canada over five days, and were hosted over five days by the 80,000-strong Budapest Jewish community who in turn were treated to a Gala Concert at Bethlen Square Synagogue, where the chazzanim and choir demonstrated a wide repertoire to a packed synagogue."

This portion of the report was kindly submitted by Russell Grossman. /





Idan Raichel at JW3

JW3 presents two exclusive London concerts from Israeli superstar, Idan Raichel. Idan has agreed to perform twice on Tuesday 9 September to ensure as many people as possible are able to hear his beautiful fusion of sounds. Join us for these intimate piano concerts with guests, on the sole London date of his tour. With its fusion of modern Israeli sounds and Ethiopian folk melodies, the Idan Raichel Project have topped the Israeli charts and gained a global fan base. Raichel has become known for his ambitious collaborations that cross cultures and have changed the face of Israeli popular music.
Date: Tue 9 Sep. (2 performances to choose from)
Book tickets here

Daphna Sadeh at Pizza Express Jazz Club

The versatile and acclaimed composer and double bassist Daphna Sadeh will perform her music with her group The Voyagers. Her music, according to renowned Jazz musician John Zorn, is “seductive and powerful... It is a brilliant and hypnotic mix of Jazz, Western classical, Middle Eastern, Arabic Taqsim and Klezmer, reflecting her eclectic life experiences.” Daphna brings together performers from contrasting backgrounds and traditions, creating a seamless musical tapestry of cross cultural dialogue.

Date: Sun 21 Sep (Matinee Concert)
Book tickets here




Lunchtime Recital: Roseanna Ter-Berg & Leo Nicholson 
4th September - 1pm.
Tickets: Free but booking still required here

The Turbans
5th September - 7pm
Wilton's Music Hall
Tickets: Book here

Klezmer Jam (after Klezmer in the Park) 
7th September
The Harrison, Kings Cross.
Free entry.

Inon Barnatan
10th September - 730pm
Central Synagogue, 36-40 Hallam Street, London
Tickets £20
Tel: 020 7580 1355
Details: here

London Klezmer Quartet
8th - Album release
12th - Kings Place Festival, Kings Place London.
13th - Festival of Jim (in memory of Jim Marcovitch), Lewes
20th - Equator Festival: Women of the world. Kings Place, London.
More information here

24th September
Walton Hall, Warrington.
Details and tickets here

Don Kipper
24th September - 7pm onwards
Jamboree, Cable Street
Tickets and details here

28th September - 6pm onwards
Russett café, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT
Tickets and details here


Klezmer Madness

The JMI Radio show for September is all about Klezmer. We have two features to celebrate this rich seam in the musical heritage of Jewish Music. Firstly, a feature on our annual event, Klezmer In The Park: The Festival, which is happening in Regents park on Sunday 7th including an interview BBC Radio 3 DJ and host for the day DJ Max Reinhardt as well as some of the bands; JFS Klezmer Band, Tantz, Shir and She'Koyokh and that can be heard here Second is a feature all about the London Klezmer scene in which we interview LKQ, Minimal Klezmer, She'koyokh and Don Kipper and that can be heard here. All the shows and their constituent podcasts can be found here