The Jewish Music Institute is run by a small team of passionate individuals highly skilled in the creation and delivery of an inspiring programme of events, courses, workshops and projects for all ages and backgrounds.

Lord Grade CBE

Vice Presidents
Rev Malcolm Weisman z”l
Sylvia Lewin
Lady Lipworth CBE
Jonathon Lyons

Founding Director 1984-2011
Geraldine Auerbach MBE
ECA Communications Director

Joe Loss Senior Lecturer in Jewish Music, SOAS
Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen

Vice President (Yiddish)
Zalmen Mlotek 

President, ICSM
Sir Simon Rattle.

Exil.Arte, Vienna
Michael Haas


Jennifer Jankel (Chair)
Stuart Appleman
Ian Braidman (Hon. treasurer)
Dr Vanessa Paloma Elbaz
Karen Gilbert
Dr Alex Knapp
Jonathon E Lyons
Rabbi Norman Solomon
Rev Malcolm Weisman OBE z”l
Charly Richardson
Leonard Lowy
Annabel Elad

Archive Consultant
David Prager

President of International Ernest Bloch Society
Steven Isserlis CBE

Chair of International Ernest Bloch Society
Dr Alex Knapp

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 President of North West Surrey Synagogue, Weybridge.

Highlight of working for JMI:  the creativity that the JMI team has shown since lockdown and the birth of JMI Online.

When I’m not at JMI I like to: read,  spend lots of time with my four children and eight 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 iPhone: 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. Since 2020 he has additionally managed the online programme of concerts, lectures and films. 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: Producing the events, festivals and online programmes for JMI,  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 iPhone: I mainly stream music from online subscription and radio so I can digest the most diverse amount of music in any given day. The record collection includes everything from Miles Davis to Shlomo Barr, Yazz Ahmed to the Beatles, Herbie Hancock to Grieg, Balkan Beat Box to Steve Wonder and is constantly snowballing.

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 20 years experience in the music industry. He studied Music Industry Management at BCUC (BA Hons), and obtained  diplomas in Live Sound Engineering, and Studio Sound Engineering and Record Production at Alchemea College of Audio Engineering. Raphael recently left his role as Technical Manager of the Blues Kitchen music venues in Shoreditch & Brixton after six successful years, and currently works freelance for a number of venues, artists and organisations all over London.

Highlight of working for JMI: Working with Sam Eastmond in the formation and development of the JMI Youth Big Band, and seeing the band grow into such a unique and special ensemble.

When I’m not at JMI I like to: Explore and promote new music, travel and spend time with my family.

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



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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