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 and in 2016 became Marketing and 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 and is a features writer for a number of international titles including  Time Out and Songlines Magazines to name a couple.

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, NRK and a score of other apps of which Shazam is a favourite. 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 successful in applying for funding for various JMI events and projects.

Highlight of working for JMI: Involvement in the formation and continuation of the JMI Youth Big Band

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.


Jo joined the JMI team in Nov 2017, her career has spanned across Finance and Human Resource in a number of different industries. Most recently, heading up her own business in girls accessories, has been involved in all aspects of business ownership. Alongside her career she has always had a keen interest in fundraising and has taken on roles as Chair of the Parent Teachers Association of her children’s school to help improve the learning facilities.

Highlight of working for JMI: Spending time with Jennifer Jankel, learning from her wealth of experience and helping raise awareness of the work JMI do and fund raising.

When I’m not at JMI: Spending time with my husband and three children, I have a big family so generally getting together for a celebration of some sort. Fundraising for my children’s schools and I love a bit of cooking and baking when I have the time.

On my iPod: A huge variety of music, although not on an iPod, we always have music playing in our house, from kids movie soundtracks to meditation and classical and pretty much everything in between.

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

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
Vanessa Paloma Elbaz
Karen Gilbert
Walter Goldsmith
Jennifer Jankel (Chair)
Deborah Jay
Alex Knapp
Jonathan E Lyons
Derek Lubner
Rabbi Norman Solomon
Professor Stuart Stanton
Professor Emeritus Malcolm Troup
Rev Malcolm Weisman OBE

Archive Consultant
David Prager

Founder/Director 1984-2011
Geraldine Auerbach MBE

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