Lowell Milken Fund

for American

Jewish Music

Mark Kligman
Mark Kligman
Message from the Director

Our Musical Journey

New Jewish Music is created every day; LA is the epicenter. With its incredibly diverse Jewish community, this is the best place to investigate how music reflects the American Jewish experience. We are deeply grateful to the Milken Fund for supporting this exploration, engaging all UCLA and the community beyond.

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Music as the Mirror

Sharing the sounds and stories that embody American Jewish Music; creating new audiences for the musical journeys of America’s Jews.

Jews came to America from Russia and Iran, Germany, India, Cuba – and many other parts of the globe. They came in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Many traveled elsewhere before coming to America. Yet, they all brought with them the musical and cultural heritages of their countries of birth. Then things changed.

How has the American experience shaped Jewish life and culture in America? Understanding the evolving nature of Jewish Music helps shed light (and sound) on that question.

The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music was established in 2017 to advance the field. Building upon the work of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music (founded in 1990), which is a collection of recordings, scores and historical materials that document the Jewish experience in America over the past 350 years, the fund serves as an academic partner to the archive. Its mission is to accelerate knowledge of and advocate for the field of American Jewish music by contributing to research, scholarship and programs in the field at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty levels. It is equally committed to engage new people with this wonderfully rich musical heritage by presenting free performances and symposia in the community. (Photos by Juantallo.com)

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Feb 27 Wed
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From India to Indiana
Nominated for its third Grammy in 2016, the ARC Ensemble is one of Canada's most distinguished cultural ambassadors. The ensemble has appeared at major festivals and series including the New York's Lincoln Center Festival, Canada's Stratford Festival, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London's Wigmore and Cadogan Halls and Washington's Kennedy Center.
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May 14 Tue
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Restoring the Synagogue Soundtrack
Judah Cohen, widely published scholar of Jewish music, will trace America’s largely unknown role in Jewish musical developments of the nineteenth century. Interwoven with Europe’s musical development, the United States during this time made meaningful contributions to the rise of the professional cantor, the development of congregational singing, and the very creation of what we know today as “Jewish music.”
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