Newsletters of the Jewish Music Heritage Trust /Jewish Music Institute 1993 – 2010
by Geraldine Auerbach MBE, founding Director of JMI, London, November 2019
Cultural activities can be ephemeral. But once documented, these activities stand a chance of being caught for posterity. Now that our Newsletters (1993 – 2010) as well as our Festival programmes (1984 – 2000) are not only in print, but also digitised and on the World Wide Web, everyone can follow the range and scope of Jewish music activity in London.
For this digitisation we give our heartfelt thanks to our partner, Herve Roten, the Director of Jewish Music Institute in Paris and to Jean-Gabriel Davis who managed the process.
Our Jewish music adventure in London first started as the Bnai Brith Jewish Music Festival in 1984. This became the Jewish Music Heritage Trust (JMHT) in 1989. Then in 1999 we established the Jewish Music Institute (JMI) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
It was clear from the interest aroused by the first Jewish music festival in 1984 that there was considerable interest in Jewish music. So, we went on to present biennial festivals, make and distribute recordings as well as develop a lectureship, international conferences and teaching programmes, first at City University in Islington, and thereafter at SOAS, University of London.
A large following grew, and it seemed a logical step to keep them well informed about past, current and future events and activities related to Jewish music. So, ten years later, in the summer of 1993, the JMHT Newsletter came in to being. At first it was one typed sheet (with very erratic numbering) creeping up to two, three and four sheets. By 2000, when JMHT had become the Jewish Music Institute, these twice-yearly JMI Newsletters were posted out to an audience that eventually came to number over 8,000 people across the world.
These Newsletters captured for posterity all the activity as it happened. They came to be beautifully designed and printed with many photographs and grew from 8 to 12, then 16 to 20 pages and in full colour. In addition, in the ‘noughties’ Laoise Davidson compiled ‘Nu? Musik!’ aimed at young people and featuring news of the explosion of young musicians developing individual styles of Jewish music around the world.
The last printed Newsletter that I compiled, edited and distributed, no 18, was in the autumn of 2010. It took the form of a ‘Silver Jubilee’ issue in full colour, looking back at the last 25 years, with quotes and pictures from key people and events over the period – and looking forward to the next era.
Since my retirement as the founding Director of all this, at the end of 2011, I am delighted and gratified to see the way in which Jennifer Jankel (Chair) and Gil Karpas, together with their wonderful trustees and teams are continuing to develop and celebrate Jewish music in so many of its aspects. Their current monthly email Newsletters are a joy to read and the number of events that they create, and support, is astounding. Long may this continue.
Geraldine Auerbach MBE, London, November 2019.
List of digitised Newsletters
|Number||Date||Number of pages||JMHT/JMI||Note|
|1: 1||1993 Summer||2||JMHT||City University etc|
|2: 1a||1993 Summer||2||JMHT||City University etc|
|3: 2||1993 Autumn||2||JMHT||Music in Terezin|
|4: 3||1993 December||2||JMHT||Larry Adler etc|
|5: 3A2||1994 February||2||JMHT||Larry Adler birthday|
|6: Vol. 1 issue 4||1994 June||4||JMHT||International Conference|
|7: Vol. 1 issue 5||1994 September||4||JMHT||Festival reprieved|
|8: Vol. 2 issue 1||1995 Spring||4||JMHT||Sacred music|
|9: Vol. 2 issue 2||1995 Autumn||4||JMHT||Festival|
|10: Vol. 3 issue 1||1996 Spring||4||JMHT||Austrian Jewish Festival|
|11: Festival||1996 Autumn||4||JMHT||Austrian Jewish Festival|
|12: Vol. 4 issue 1||1997 Spring||4||JMHT||BBC singers Mizrahi|
|13: Vol. 4 issue 2||1997 Summer/ Aut||8||JMHT||Mendelssohn in Britain|
|14: Celebration||1997 November||4||JMHT||Southbank Centre|
|15: Vol. 5 issue 1||1998 Summer||8||JMHT||World of Jewish Music|
|16: Vol. 6 issue 1||1999 Spring||4||JMHT||Jewish music studies SOAS|
|17: Vol. 6 issue 2||1999 Autumn||2||JMHT||Culture Southbank Centre|
|1||2000 Spring||8||JMI||Millennium Festival|
|2||2000 Autumn||4||JMI||Menuhin Tribute|
|3||2001 Spring||6||JMI||Millennium Awards|
|4||2001 Summer||4||JMI||Suppressed Music|
|5||2002 Spring||12||JMI||‘Continental Britons|
|6||2002 Autumn||8||JMI||Autumn concerts|
|7||2003 Spring||8||JMI||Eastern European|
|8||2003 Autumn||12||JMI||Autumn season|
|9||2004 Spring||16||JMI||Soul of the fiddle|
|11||2005 Spring||16||JMI||Includes Nu? Musik! No 1|
|12||2005 Autumn||16||JMI||Colour 25th Anniversary|
|13||2006 Spring||8||JMI||A5 colour|
|14||2006 Autumn||20||JMI||‘Simcha on the Square’ includes Nu? Musik! No 4|
|15||2007 Spring||20||JMI||Kol Isha|
|16||2008 Autumn||8||JMI||Musical Dialogues|
|17||2009 Autumn||20||JMI||Includes Nu? Musik! No 5|
|18||2010 Autumn||16||JMI||Silver Jubilee|
|Nu? Musik No 2||Winter 05||12||JMI||A5 colour|
|Nu? Musik No 3||Spring summer 06||12||JMI||A5 colour|