HISTORY & GOALS

The Jewish Music Research Centre (JMRC) is an academic institution dedicated to the documentation, research and publication of scholarly materials about Jewish music. Founded in 1964 by Prof. Israel Adler, the JMRC is one of the oldest research centers of the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Located at the Edmond J. Safra Campus of the Hebrew University (Givat Ram) in the building of the National Library of Israel (NLI) and at the Itzhak Rabin Building for the World Center of Jewish Studies (Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies) in the Mount Scopus campus, the staff of the JMRC works in close cooperation with the Hebrew University’s Department of Musicology and the Institute of Jewish Studies as well as with the Music Department and National Sound Archives (NSA) of the NLI. All recorded and written documents gathered by the JMRC staff are kept at the Music Department and the NSA of the NLI.

The main task of the JMRC is to study the musical cultures of Jewish communities of the past and present. Research encompasses ethnographies of extant oral traditions as well as historically-oriented research focusing on the interpretation of Jewish musical cultures in their widest possible social, cultural and historical context because a full appreciation of the Jewish musical traditions must refer to the musical cultures of the non-Jewish societies with whom the Jews were in close contact for the past two millennia. Thus many projects are carried on in conjunction with colleagues and institutions from around the world, expanding the vistas to co-territorial musical cultures.

The results of the JMRC Projects are published in four series of publications: Yuval - Studies of the JMRC (continued by Yuval Online); Yuval Monograph Series (distributed by Magnes Press); Yuval Music Series (scores and source materials); and the Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel (CDs). The JMRC also produces the innovative CD series Contemporary Jewish Music For details about all our publications and purchase, see the JMRC Store.