Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Speaking Arabic

A Self-Instruction Course in Conversational Eastern Arabic (Palestinian)

YOHANAN ELIHAI has published this series of books and recordings (4 books, 5 CDs), designed to help English speakers acquire a working knowledge of colloquial Palestinian Arabic.

For more information:
Available via Minerva Publishing House (

Monday, January 9, 2012

NEXT: Amalia Kedem, MA, PhD Cand. Hebrew University presents a lecture on the topic,

How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song …
Back in Zion?
How Synagogue Music Expresses and Influences Israeli Ashkenazi Identity

Thursday 19 January 2012 at 7.30 P.M.

The Salesian Theological Institute/Ratisbonne, Rh Shmuel Hanagid 26

Amalia Kedem was born in Jerusalem. She grew up as a member of the congregation of Beit HaStudent, later to be known as Ohel Nechama - an Ashkenazi synagogue in the neighborhood of Kiryat Shmuel. She studied music theory and played the piano from a young age, and later on studied Musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She obtained a B.A. in Musicology and French, and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology. During that time she was also an active member of the Jerusalem Gamelan Ensemble (an orchestra of melodic percussion instruments from Java, Indonesia) which met at the Mt. Scopus Campus of HU. Currently, she is awaiting the final evaluation of her PhD thesis in Jewish Music. For her doctoral research project she went back to document and research the history and liturgical musical repertory of her own congregation.

For several years she taught Jewish Music at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, as well as at the Open University. She also served as a researcher, documentalist, webmaster, and research program coordinator at the Jewish Music Research Centre of the Hebrew University.

Today she coordinates the digitization project of the Sound Archive at the National Library of Israel.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 7.00 P.M. on.