JMI Online

JMI ONLINE PROGRAMMES ARE CURRENTLY BROADCAST ON WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY EVENING FROM 7.30PM


To access:

Concerts and Lectures: Below and previous events, where each programme is listed.
IFJMS COZ Series: HERE (On Tuesdays)
IEBS – International Ernest Bloch Society: HERE (On select Wednesdays throughout the year).

The concerts are part of a broadcast partnership between JMI and the Jerusalem Orchestra East West. These are themed pre-recorded concerts featuring some of the greatest Israeli and Jewish singers, and they can be found exclusively on the JMI Facebook page, 7:30pm on Thursday evenings.


Our media partners The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish Renaissance will be supporting all of our online programmes. Please subscribe to their publications and watch their media channels to keep yourself updated on the forthcoming schedule.

JMI Online: Arnaud Sussmann’s Jewish Voices

Musical Performance: Arnaud Sussmann's "Jewish Voices" Program June 24, 6pm (BST) | Virtual Program | Hosted by Illinois Holocaust Museum    While acclaimed French violinist Arnaud Sussmann regularly graces the […]

NWSS Presents: The Petticoat Lane Foxtrot

"Music Is The Most Beautiful Language In The World: Yiddisher Jazz In London's East End 1920'2 To 1950's", presents the remarkable story of long-forgotten Jewish-themed Jazz 78rpm discs, when swinging […]

JMI Online: Ot Azoy 2021 (SOLD OUT)

OT AZOY 2021 HAS SOLD OUT - PLEASE EMAIL HERE TO ADD YOURSELF TO THE WAITING LIST Discover JMI’s famous full immersion course in Yiddish Language for people of all […]

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JMI Online: Klezfest 2021 (BOOK NOW)

We are very happy to announce that our world famous Klezmer summer school is back again for 2021. Join the world famous music school and learn klezmer this summer at […]

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JMI Online: Yiddish Songwriting Academy

Yiddish Songwriting Academy NEW!! (Online)Initiated and directed by Shura Lipovsky This year Shura Lipovsky is establishing a new school for the Jewish Music Institute in London: Yiddish Songwriting Academy (YSA). […]

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Jewish communities have lived, sung and spoken in Arabic for over a thousand years from Iraq to Morocco, and these histories have been intertwined with the political and social circumstances of the countries they lived in. Music navigates their deeply rooted belonging to these places, and represents a unique approach to dealing with layered and complex identities. From Mimouna to Bakkashot, the Jews of Arabic-speaking lands have developed a distinctive repertoire for celebration and mourning that sits proudly alongside the popular music of the Arab world.

The Jewish Music Institute is excited to have launched an innovative two day Judeo-Arabic music workshop and conference in London. This program, which is a first in the UK, brought together an international group of experts for a two-day extravaganza to celebrate the richness of Judeo-Arabic music. JMI prepared a line-up of international experts on Judeo-Arabic music for two full days in February 2020 for a conference with workshops which culminated in a concert by a Judeo-Arabic music celebrity Haim Botbol of Morocco.

Details about the programme: https://www.jmi.org.uk/event/yallah2020

Below are a selection of lectures and the concert for your to enjoy. We will add to them weekly as we release the lectures one-by one, so please keep checking back.

1. Concert: Haim Botbol
2. Lecture: Remixing Sephardism – Professor Michael Figueroa
3. Lecture: Sephardi Voices UK – Dr Bea Lewkowicz and Daisy Abboudi
4. Lecture: Sonic Resistance during Nazism: The role of Judeo-Arabic Songs in the Maghreb – Vanessa Paloma Elbaz
5. Lecture: Seeing and Hearing Judeo-Arabic Music in Colonial Algeria – Dr Stephen Wilford
6. Lecture: The Moroccan Torah: Ritual, Drama and Magic – Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen (available from Wed 10th June)

More to be announced soon!


Haim Botbol Live at YALLAH London


Lecture: Remixing Sephardism - Prof. Michael Figueroa


Lecture: Sephardi Voices UK - Dr Bea Lewkowicz and Daisy Abboudi


Lecture: Sonic Resistance during Nazism: The role of Judeo-Arabic Songs in the Maghreb - Vanessa Paloma Elbaz


Lecture: Seeing and Hearing Judeo-Arabic Music in Colonial Algeria - Dr Stephen Wilford


About the lecturers and the programme

JMI has helped to develop a compelling Jewish music strand at Undergraduate level and a full programme at Masters and Postgraduate level. JMI also support the Joe Loss Lectureship in Jewish Music at SOAS as well as offering a flourishing scholarship scheme for studies in Jewish music at Masters and PhD level, sponsored by the Mildred Loss and Sir Jack Lyons Studentship Scheme. PhD projects can be practice-led, fieldwork-based, or theoretical. The Joe Loss Lectureship in Jewish Music is currently being supported by the Jankel/Loss Family and partially supported by the Simon Richard Marks Charitable Trust.

Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen: https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff71509.php 
JMI Webpage https://www.jmi.org.uk/education/undergraduate-postgraduate-courses

Current Senior Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music, Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen (2014 -) “Bole, Harlem, Tel Aviv: Ethiopian-Israeli Musicians Play the Diaspora”

Previous Joe Loss Lecturer Dr Abigail Wood (2006-2014)  “And We’re All Brothers: Singing in Yiddish in Contemporary North America.”

First Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music Dr Alex Knapp (1992-2006) “Chinese Jews, aspects of their history and their music”


Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen: "Bole, Harlem, Tel Aviv: Ethiopian-Israeli Musicians Play the Diaspora"


Dr Abigail Wood ("And We're All Brothers: Singing in Yiddish in Contemporary North America."


Dr Alex Knapp: "Chinese Jews, aspects of their history and their music"


Watch the full video HERE