The Jewish Music Institute is run by a team of passionate individuals based at SOAS in the University of London. Working for JMI is extremely exciting and inspiring and a great opportunity to create amazing cultural events with impact.

Sophie Soloman

Sophie joined JMI as Artistic Director in January 2012.  She is widely regarded as the leading klezmer violinist of her generation. A founder member of groundbreaking fusionists Oi Va Voi, she went on to launch a successful solo career with Decca Records, collaborating with Ralph Fiennes, KT Tunstall, Ludovico Einaudi and Richard Hawley and has performed as a soloist with artists as diverse as Rufus Wainwright, Paul Weller, Theodor Bikel and the London Symphony Orchestra.  Sophie composes for film, TV and theatre, most recently for Our Class at the National Theatre and Off the Endz at the Royal Court.

Highlight of working for JMI: so far..the potential – there are so many ideas and so many interesting partnerships and collaborations to explore…

When I’m not at JMI I like to: take my daughter to Hackney City Farm or the Museum of Childhood

On my iPod:  Titi Winterstein, Tcha Limberger, Camille, Alberto Iglesias, Dakota Jim & Shostakovich Symphonies


Jennifer Jankel
Jennifer has been Chair of JMI’s Board of Trustees since 2011.  She is the daughter of the renowned bandleader Joe Loss and first became involved with JMI in 1991. She has been instrumental in creating the Joe Loss Lectureship at SOAS in memory of her late father. Jennifer spent her working life in the retail fashion business, specialising in footwear, and was a finalist Business Woman of the Year in the 1980s.  She is also Chair of the North West Surrey Synagogue in Weybridge.

Highlight of working for JMI
:  working with Sophie and a great team to step into the next phase in JMI’s life.

When I’m not at JMI I like to
: read poetry, spend lots of time with my four children and five grandchildren flying in and out of Washington and Spain for weekends.

On my i-Pod
: New Orleans early jazz through the golden days of Jazz and Blues, Sinatra, Van Morrison, Chazones.

Gil Karpas

Gil joined the JMI team in the summer of 2012 as our Events Manager. An experienced promoter whose background has included concerts, festivals, club nights and theatrical events. From Jewish music and artists to a diverse array of world music genres, all alongside dance music, rock, folk, jazz, soul, singer-songwriters and classical, with many of them being household names.As well as promoting and marketing other artists and events, Gil is also a singer songwriter, a DJ across a number of radio stations, a regular contributor to BBC local Radio, a features writer for Time Out Israel and The Jerusalem Post.

Highlight of working for JMI: Delivering Ot Azoy and The Golden Peacock Summer Schools and helping people enrich their lives with music and culture.

When I’m not at JMI I like to: catch up on all the other strands, research new music, spending time with my lovely wife and children, family and friends.

On my iPod/iPhone: I mainly stream radio: FIP radio France, BBC radio 1, 2, 3 and 6music, Classic FM and a score of other apps. Some of the record collection includes, the likes of Bustan Avram, Stevie Wonder, Grieg, Balkan Beat Box, Yo Yo Ma, Geva Alon, Yemen Blues, Esperanza Spalding, James Blake, Dudu Tassa, Toumani Diabate, Portico Quartet, Nick Mulvey, El Gusto, Ester Rada, Shlomo Barr …and the list goes on and on and on and on… and is constantly snowballing thanks to JMI.

Naama Zohar

Naama joined JMI in the autumn of 2014 as Marketing and Creative Projects Manager. Previously, she had managed a wide range of projects, ranging from social and community to executive recruitment projects. Naama was educated in the US and has recently worked in Israel. She has experience working with a vast array of people and cultures.

Highlight of working for JMI: The people and the vision; working with talented individuals and a strong team, taking part in preserving the heritage of Jewish music and marketing projects which pave the way for future developments.

When I’m not at JMI I like to: Travel, explore new places, have fun with my family and friends.

On my iPod: Currently a mix of classic rock, jazz and on the upbeat side, ska and Balkan music.

Noa Lachman

Noa has worked with JMI for many years bringing her energy and enthusiasm to creating inspiring live events. She is responsible for producing our annual Klezmer in the Park event at Regents’ Park in London.

Highlight of working for JMI: the 10th Jewish Music Festival I organised in 2000, with 40 events including concerts at the Barbican and SOAS & being a part of the team that won the National Lottery funding for our Millenium Awards in 2001.

When I’m not at JMI: I run my own business, Rimmon Judaica, which is one of the leading websites for Jewish gifts in the UK, I perform regularly as a soprano & have recently completed an MA in Education at the University of Sussex.

On my iPod: Puccini

Trudii Goodrick

Trudii has been the Financial Manager and Company Secretary of JMI since 1997 managing the day to day finances of JMI producing budgets and cashflows as well as preparing the annual accounts and annual report for the JMI Auditors. She works closely with the Chairman, Trustees, as well as with the Artistic Director and is part of the Executive Committee.  She is not only involved in the finances of JMI but also researches and applies for grants from government bodies’ private trusts and charities both in the UK and the USA.  Trudii is responsible for managing the administration and control of Grant Funds and reporting back to the grantors.

Highlight of working for JMI: If I have to pick just one it would be managing the Millennium Award Scheme – with a grant that enabled JMI to give 58 Millennium Awards to individuals for Jewish music projects throughout the country. JMI received top accolades from the Millennium Commission and from their auditors for the management of the scheme.

When I am not at JMI I like to: Research my family tree which is taking me all over the UK and playing with my adorable granddaughter.

On my ipod: I have an eclectic taste in music – so all sorts

Joint Presidents:
Lady Solti & Lord Grade CBE

Vice Presidents
Walter Goldsmith
Sylvia Lewin
Lady Lipworth CBE
Jonathan Lyons

Vice President (Yiddish)
Zalmen Mlotek 

President, ICSM
Sir Simon Rattle.

Director, ICSM
Michael Haas

Convenor, ICSM
Peter Tregear

Founding Director
Geraldine Auerbach, MBE

Stuart Appleman
Ian Braidman
Betty Collick
Walter Goldsmith
Jennifer Jankel (Chair)
Alex Knapp
Jonathan E Lyons
Jill Segal
Rabbi Norman Solomon
Professor Stuart Stanton
Professor Emeritus Malcolm Troup
Rev Malcolm Weisman OBE

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