Dear Friends, Supporters, Subscribers and Students,

We look forward to welcoming you to our Summer Schools and Festival of Jewish music and culture this August.

1st June marks the end of the early-bird discount deadline. If you would like to save up to £30 on all the course fees, then make sure you book beforehand.

Sunday 19 to Friday 24 August 2018

Ot Azoy - Yiddish Course
Golden Peacock - Yiddish Song Course
Klezfest - Klezmer Course

Full rate £250 (£225 if booked before 1st June 2018)
Student / Senior rate £175 (£150 if booked before 1st June 2018)
Senior rate is set at 65+ / Students 18+ 

Returning applicants get an extra £5 off when using the coupon RETURN2018 at checkout.
Please browse the programme below for more information.

Best wishes to everyone from all the team at JMI


Ot Azoy!
Learn Yiddish
19-24 August 
SOAS, Russell Square

Discover JMI's famous full immersion courses in Yiddish Language, song and culture for people of all ages, levels and backgrounds, where complete beginners can learn to speak, read, write, sing and even dream in Yiddish in a week. Ot Azoy Yiddish language classes are held at 5 levels and are directed by the head of Yiddish at UCL, Dr Khayele Beer with a faculty of world class Yiddish tutors and experts. As well as hands-on classroom teaching, the course also features an extensive cultural programme of music, theatre, poetry and lectures from a world of Yiddish past and present. Shura Lipovsky, the Director of The Golden Peacock (Goldene Pave), will also teach a daily session of Yiddish through song.

Helen Beer - Head of Faculty
Sonia Pinkusowitz-Dratwa
Lily Kahn
Sima Beeri
With more faculty being added for language, film and lectures.


The Golden Peacock
Learn Yiddish Song
19-24 August 
SOAS, Russell Square

The Golden Peacock Yiddish Song course will be led by internationally acclaimed Yiddish singer and teacher Shura Lipovsky with esteemed colleagues from around the world. It is designed for all singers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the rich Yiddish song repertoire. You will spend the morning studying music theory, repertoire, roots and traditions of Yiddish Song, modes and melodies. Afternoons will focus on studying further repertoire, master-classes and a Yiddish Choir. You will be amazed at how much you will be learning, singing and performing Yiddish song in only one week!

This year's faculty, led by Shura Lipovsky, features the combined talents of Lorin Sklamberg, Polina Shepherd, Rachel Weston and Joseph Finlay.

Shura Lipovsky
Lorin Sklamberg
Polina Shepherd
Rachel Weston
Joseph Finlay


KlezFest 2018 
Learn Klezmer, Play Klezmer
19-24 August 
SOAS, Russell Square

We are very happy to announce that our world famous Klezmer summer school is back again for 2018. Join the world famous music school and learn klezmer this summer at KlezFest 2018. Here is a a peek into what you can expect:

  • Traditional Klezmer; history, melodies, ornamentation, dance and accompaniment
  • Play music in ensembles and delve into improvisational techniques
  • Interpret scores, jam and perform to the public.
  • Lectures from the cutting edge of academic research
  • Hands-on tutoring from world leading experts.
  • The international faculty will feature some of the very best klezmer musicians from around the world.

Alan Bern – Accordion (DE/USA) – Head of Faculty
Susi Evans – Clarinet (UK) – Assistant Head of Faculty
Ilana Cravitz – Violin (UK)
Andreas Schmitges – Mandolin/Guitar/Dance (DE)

Alan Bern - Head of Faculty 
Susi Evans - Assistant Head of Faculty
Andreas Shmitges - Dance
(photo Adam Berry)
Ilana Cravitz - Violin/Fiddle
Just announced: Josh Dolgin (Socalled) to join the Klezfest faculty for August 2018


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