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)