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Book by June 1st to receive generous early booking discounts on our three summer courses, in Yiddish, Yiddish Song and Klezmer. Details are below. If you have any questions relating to the courses, scholarships or anything else then please email 


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
Simo Muir has just been confirmed to the faculty, plus more experts and teachers are 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)
Josh Dolgin - Accordion (CAN)
Flora Curzon - (Violin) UK
Meg Hamilton - (Violin) UK

NB: We have more clarinet, bass and rhythm teachers being added soon.

If you are in a band and are thinking of all coming to Klezfest, then you can apply together and receive a generous discount of over 50% off the full price. If you are in need of a scholarship, then please also contact us and tell us more about yourself and the reason for your request for a scholarship. Providing access to this music is one of our core objectives and we are always receptive to requests. Please contact us at

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


JMI Youth Big Band Summer School
28-29-30 August
10am until 4pm

A 3 day workshop where band members will be given the awesome opportunity to develop ensemble and solo playing skills, led by Tzadik Label Jazz musician and band leader Sam Eastmond.

Fusing together music of Jewish origin and cutting edge contemporary jazz sounds, the JMI Youth Big Band presents Jewish music as you’ve never heard it before! This is the next generation of musical superstars, breaking ground and redefining music of Jewish origin. The band is comprised of teenagers with a passion for music, drawing from funk, soul, jazz, afro-beat and rock influences. Band leader/composer/arranger/trumpet player Sam Eastmond works at the cutting edge of radical Jewish culture (often with legendary New York composer John Zorn as part of his Masada projects). Sam also has huge experience working with Youth Ensembles, and composes and arranges the music for this project.

If you play:

Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Piano, Guitar, Bass or Drums to grade 5+ (or equivalent) standard and you are aged 11-19, then download the application form to join us for future rehearsals, workshops, and performances.

Upcoming shows include:

1st Anniversary celebration show at Klezmer in the Park
Sunday 2nd September 2018
Regent’s Park Bandstand

Chanukah performance at JW3
Monday 17th December 2018
JW3, Finchley Road

If you would like an application form, please email Raphael Knapp here 

We interviewed Sam Eastmond to find out more and that feature can be heard here


Balkan Beat Box, A-Wa, Gili Yalo, Shai Tsabari, Revolution Orchestra, Gilad Ephrat Ensemble plus many more

Headline act Balkan Beat Box Soundsystem will perform their signature mix of world music, jazz, electronica, hip hop and everything in between with special guest singers Ethiopian Israeli Gili Yalo, Shai Tsabari and Yemenite all-star female group A-WA. They will be joined by Vertigo Dance Company, Israel’s leading contemporary dance company, making their debut UK performance with the Revolution Orchestra presenting White Noise, and classical string quartet Gilad Ephrat Ensemble, plus other exceptional guests, creating an unforgettable night at the Royal Albert Hall.

It will be hosted by music and arts broadcaster Suzy Klein and Rob Rinder, reality star of ITV’s Judge Rinder.

Thursday 24 May
Royal Albert Hall


JMI's mission is to educate, entertain and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds through a diverse and exciting programme of concerts, workshops, lectures and summer schools, attractive to Jews and non-Jews alike. 
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