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.

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 a Vice President of North West Surrey Synagogue, Weybridge.

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

When I’m not at JMI I like to: read,  spend lots of time with my four children and seven grandchildren flying in and out of the USA and Spain for weekends to keep up with the widespread family.  JMI and NWSS have allowed me to treat work in the Jewish world as an honour and pleasure.

On my i-Pod: New Orleans early jazz through the golden days of Jazz and Blues, Sinatra, Van Morrison, Chazones, Avishai Cohen, best of the 70s and 80s and so much more.

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 the  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 music from online subscription so i can digest the most diverse amount of music in any given day. I also 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.

Raphael Knapp joined JMI as education and development manager in January 2017. He is a professional sound engineer/producer/promoter/cellist and bass guitarist with more than 15 years experience in the music industry. He studied Music Industry Management at BCUC (BA Hons), and recently received diplomas in Live Sound Engineering, and Studio Sound Engineering and Record Production at Alchemea College of Audio Engineering. He is currently Head of Sound at the Blues Kitchen Shoreditch (2014) & Brixton (2015), and recently became involved at the JMI, where he has been active in co-ordinating the recent exhibition of more than 33 years worth of archive material at the Barbican Library.

Highlight of working for JMI:  Helping curate and set up the Barbican Exhibition where items on display included; Ernest Bloch and the work JMI does with the International Ernest Bloch Society, ICSM – International Centre for Suppressed Music, Hazones and the JMI collection of cantorial music and JMI and the Joe Loss Lectureship.

When I’m not at JMI I like to: Explore and promote new music, travel and socialise.

On my iPod: an eclectic selection of old and new music and lots of different interesting podcasts.


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

Archive Consultant
David Prager

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