It's been a whirlwind of a month with JMI's participation in the BBC4 Timeshift Documentary on klezmer, the BBC London News special about our relaunch weekend and an amazing sell-out concert at the Union Chapel with the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. Our Musical East End Walk – led by David Rosenberg – was such a success that we will soon be announcing more dates for the Spring and our new children's programme 'The Great Big Story Adventure' was a huge hit with all who took part.  We will be announcing 2013 dates for this very soon too.  Thank you to all those who came to support the Relaunch in whatever shape or form.

We now look forward to our first collaboration with the UK Jewish Film Festival where I will be performing a live improvised score to the classic 1926 silent film 'His People' together with three of London's finest musicians.  This will be followed by an after party at the Barbican so I hope you can all make it.

And before the winter blues start to bite, we've got some exciting news for you.  We can now announce the dates for Ot Azoy!, our week-long immersion into Yiddish song and language, which will be 11-16 August 2013.

Remember to check our blog, twitter and facebook from time to time to keep up to date with all our activities and other Jewish music events nationwide. 

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His People - Silent Film + Live Improvised Score

JMI is delighted about it's first ever collaboration with the UK Jewish Film Festival. this special evening offers the rare opportunity to see one of the most evocative films of the 1920s with a new, live score. A classic morality tale with a bold, contemporary cinematic feel, accompanied by an improvised live soundtrack from Sophie Solomon, (violinist and Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute), Quentin Collins (trumpet), Ian Watson (accordion) and Grant Windsor (piano). The sights and smells of New York’s bustling immigrant Jewish Lower East Side have seldom been captured better than in this sparkling tale of a generational clash of cultures.

Followed by an after-party. First 150 to book are invited.

More information on the UK Jewish Film Festival here.
  Event Information

Date: 13 November 
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Price: £12.50 (£9.50 conc). 


Ot Azoy! 2013

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.

Booking will open in 2013.  Email us for further information
  Event Information

Date:11-16 August 2013
Venue: SOAS, Vernon Square Campus, WC1X 9EW
Price: TBC


Yasmin Levy 
Yasmin Levy’s new show and album Libertad encompass a new musical journey drawing on the influences of both Spanish and Turkish music, which have been the hallmark of her Ladino repertoire, and which now take her in a new direction. More than anything else, this show will be all about Yasmin Levy and her own music; the singer and increasingly confident song-writer (she has written seven of the twelve songs on the album), and her special mix of musical influences that will create an emotionally-driven, entertaining evening.

Plus support from 
Tanja Tzarovska: Hidden Songs of Macedonia.
Join the Facebook group here. 

  Event information

Date: 7 November 2012
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Price: £15.50-24


Following on from his last release ‘Kosher Nostra – Jewish Gangsters’ Greatest Hits’ ground-breaking band-leader Shantel returns to London with his live show and his signature Balkan beats sound. Prepare to dance from the first note to heaving tubas, scalding gypsy trumpets and furious fiddles. Fans of the Goran Bregovic, Fanfare Ciocarlia and the Klezmatics will recognise the influences but Shantel creates his own fresh sound. Support comes from super-colourful DJ duo The Roustabouts.

  Event information

Date: 21 November 2012
Time: 7pm
Venue: Village Underground, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ
Price: £16 + booking fee

JMI Radio Show  
JMI Radio - Frank London of The Klezmatics
The Klezmatics have been a strong creative force in music for over 25 years and to celebrate their achievements and continued creativity the Jewish Music Institute has invited them to play their gala event, at Union Chapel on the 21st October. In readiness for this auspicious occasion Gil Karpas of the JMI interviewed Frank London of The Klezmatics to find out more about the band, its genesis and it's perspective.

Listen back here.


Klezmer Workshop In Norwich
4 November, 1-5pm

A hands- and feet-on workshop for players and dancers with Guy Schalom (dance/percussion) and Ilana Cravitz (violin/dance). Participants will be able to experience playing for dancers as well as learning some of the dances.
For instrumentalists of all ages, grade 4+ or equivalent experience.
To book: or 01263 741510
Cost: £50, early bird discount before 12.10.12 £30 (under 18s) or £40 (over 18s).
Venue: Norwich Synagogue on the Earlham Road

Shir Live at West London Synagogue 
17 November, 7.30pm
Shir return to the stunning setting of the West London Synagogue in Marble Arch to play a charity concert of their "complete" blend of Jewish music, reflecting the stunning diversity of music from the Jewish diaspora.
Klezmer, Israeli, Sefardi, Ladino and Mizrahi all mix together to create an exciting evening of spontaneous energy and emotion.
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £15 and £12 (concession), generous group rates also available.
Includes interval drink.
Venue: West London Synagogue, 34 Upper Berkeley Street W1H 5AU
To book: or call Linda Stone on 020 7535 0259
More information here.

London Male Jewish Choir 
18 November, 7.30pm 

World famous conductor, composer and accompanist Stephen Glass conducts the London Jewish Male Choir in a one off special event with guest soloist Cantor Gideon Zelermyer from Canada.
Venue: St Johns Smith Square, London, SW1P 2HA
Tickets: £22.00
To book: Call 020 7222 1061 or email

18 November, 7.30pm

What happens when you combine the UK's most dynamic and innovative chamber orchestra with a group hailed by Songlines as ‘Britain’s best Klezmer and Balkan music band’?  Come and find out on Sunday 18 November at LSO St Luke's, when Aurora Orchestra meets She'Koyokh for a unque collaboration pairing Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 1 with klezmer and eastern european folk music in new orchestral arrangements.  Part of Aurora's award-winning cross-arts series New Movesthis project promises to be one of the musical highlights of the autumn. You can watch a short taster video here.
JMI newsletter subscribers can get 20% off remaining stalls seats for this performance by quoting 'JMI offer' when booking by phone (020 7638 8891) or online using the code 091012 at For further information see
Ceilidh for Compassion and the Enviroment  
24 November, 7.30pm 

Dance to sizzling Eastern European klezmer melodies played by ‘The Klatsh’ klezmer band with expert dance callers!There will also be a dance class led by klezmer dance leaders Judith Plowman & Sue Cooper and a Yiddish song class learn some beautiful Yiddish songs taught by Derbyshire singing coach Phil Tomlinson.
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Leith, EH6 8RG
Tickets: £6/4
To book: 07767398237.
Time: 7.30pm, Song and dance workshops in afternoon, 1.45-5.00PM 

Sendak Salon: Where the Wild Things Are 
 28 November, 7.30pm

Where the Wild Things Are – your childhood bedtime favourite or a terrifying tome shoved at the back of the bookcase? To celebrate the life and work of the late Maurice Sendak, the JCC invite you to a film, art and spoken word party with the queens of movies and performance, Amy Grimehouse, and the good people at Jewish Book Week.
Venue: The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, The City, London EC2A 4RH
Price: £6
To book: