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Jewish Music, Jewish Communities
Jewish Music, Jewish CommunitiesMonday, July 8, 2013 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
As Jewish communities grew and developed all over the world, their music grew with them. In four sessions led by ethnomusicalogist Rachel Adelstein, students had an opportunity to discover the rich history of Jewish music.
Dr. Rachel Adelstein believes that music
provides an important key to understanding the diversity and development of Jewish practice, serving as an evolving soundtrack to Jewish history. Her University of Chicago PhD dissertation focused on women cantors and their role in modern Judaism, but her background in Jewish music spans genres and influences.
She as written about the musical traditions of Jewish cultures around the world, including the Cochin Jews of Southern India and the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. Her work regarding the role of music in Holocaust memorial services has been discussed in conferences around the country. A passionate advocate of the importance of Jewish music, her diverse research interests include Jewish hip-hop, Biblical instrumentation, early American shape note singing, and contemporary Jewish hymnals.