The Jewish Music Research Centre (JMRC) is an academic institution dedicated to the documentation, research, and publication of scholarly materials about music conceived, performed, and consumed within Jewish social frameworks in the past and present. 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 with 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.
JMRC scholars investigate the musical cultures of Jewish communities from wide contextual perspectives. Research encompasses ethnographies of extant oral traditions as well as historically-oriented research focusing on the interpretation of musical documents in their widest possible social, cultural, and historical context. A full appreciation of Jewish musical traditions must refer to the musical cultures of the non-Jewish societies with whom Jews shared spaces in close contact. Thus many projects are carried on in conjunction with colleagues and institutions from around the world, expanding vistas to co-territorial musical cultures.
The results of the JMRC Projects are published in diverse series of publications: Yuval - Studies of the JMRC (articles and book reviews appearing now in digital format); Yuval Monograph Series; Yuval Music Series (consisting of musical scores and source materials); and the Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel (CDs accompanied by booklets). The JMRC also produces the innovative CD series, Contemporary Jewish Music. For details about all our publications and to purchase, see the JMRC Store.