Lowell Milken Fund
for American Jewish Music

Mark Kligman

Mark Kligman specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music. He has published on the liturgical music of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn in journals as well as his book, Maqām and Liturgy: Ritual, Music and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn (Wayne State University, 2009), which shows the interconnection between the music of Syrian Jews and their cultural way of life. His other publications focus on the intersection of contemporary Jewish life and various liturgical and paraliturgical musical contexts. Orthodox Popular music is the subject of his Curren work. He is the academic Chair of the Jewish Music Forum and co-editor of the journal Musica Judaica. He is also on the board of the Association for Jewish Studies. Mark Kligman is also Chair of the Department of Ethnomusicology.

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Lorry Black
Associate Director

Dr. Lorry Black is the Associate Director of the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at UCLA and a percussionist, pedagogue, and Jewish music specialist. Deeply rooted in the Los Angeles performance scene, Black has performed with various ensembles and has had the privilege to perform under the baton of many great conductors including John Williams, Alan Silvestri, David Newman, and James Conlon, as well as recording for various artists. Active in the Jewish music community, Black is a sought after percussionist, conductor, and arranger. Black is a graduate of the DMA program in Sacred Music from the USC Thornton School of Music where he specialized in Jewish music and music of the Holocaust. Previous degrees include a bachelor of arts degree from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and a master of music in orchestral percussion from USC. His current line of research follows the role non-governmental organizations played in the construction of a cultural scene in the French concentration camps.

Lillian M. Wohl
Assistant Director of Academic Research

As a specialist of Jewish music working primarily in Latin America and the United States, Dr. Wohl’s research addresses trans-Atlantic and hemispheric circulations of music and musicians since the 19th century along the axes of both history and memory. She has conducted archival and ethnographic research in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and the U.S. and writes about the performance of racial, ethnic, and religious difference in modern musical social worlds of the Jewish Diaspora.

She is currently working on her first book, From Memory: Music, Temporality, and the Performance of the Past in Jewish Buenos Aires, which considers a musical aesthetics of temporality as a framework for examining locality emerging in the urban sound worlds of commemoration and the cultures of memory in Buenos Aires, Argentina since the 1990s.

Dr. Wohl is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Center for Jewish History, the Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago, and the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and Duke University Libraries. She has published in AJS Perspectives, H-Judaic Book Reviews, and has contributed two essays to edited volumes published by Brill.

From 2015–2017, Dr. Wohl served as the co-Chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Jewish Music Special Interest Group, is currently on the Board of the American Musicological Society’s Jewish Studies and Music Study Group, and was Executive Director of the Jewish Music Forum, a project of the American Society for Jewish Music (2015–2017). She was Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (2014–2017). Dr. Wohl completed a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University prior to completing her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.

Beth Kraemer
Program Coordinator

Beth Kraemer has extensive expertise in nonprofit program and organizational development. Her work related to the nonprofit sector included leadership roles in a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the position of founding President and CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance, a national membership organization focused on helping nonprofit organizations generate earned income. She also served as Vice President, Community Affairs for a large regional bank, where she managed an award-winning corporate philanthropy program. Beth has held educational positions at the University of Southern California and Rutgers University schools of social work, where she trained bachelors and masters level students. Beth’s career began in the organized Jewish community, where she worked in a variety of Jewish organizational settings, including Hillel Council at UCLA. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University, where she concentrated on community organizing, planning and administration.

Jeff Janeczko
Visiting Scholar, Curator and COO of the Milken Archive

Jeff Janeczko is the Curator and Chief Operating Officer of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music, a project of the Milken Family Foundation devoted to the preservation and dissemination of music of the American Jewish experience. He holds Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and B.A. in music from the Metropolitan State College (now University) of Denver. His publications include “A Tale of Four Diasporas: Case Studies on the Relevance of ‘Diaspora’ in Contemporary American Jewish Music” in Perspectives on Jewish Music: Sacred and Secular, edited by Jonathan L. Friedmann (Lexington Books, 2009), and “Negotiating Boundaries: Musical Hybridity in Tzadik’s Radical Jewish Culture Series” which appears in the Annual Review of the Casden Institute for the Jewish Role in American Life (Purdue University Press, 2011), edited by Josh Kun. He is currently writing an essay for Beyond the Field: New Challenges and Opportunities in Ethnomusicology, edited by Leon Garcia Corona and Kathleen Wiens (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).