The Institute

The first center dedicated to the documentation and the resources pertaining to Jewish music in Europe, the European Institute of Jewish Music (IEMJ) was created in 2006 by the French Judaism Foundation, the Yuval association and the Henriette Halphen Foundation. Under the auspices of the musicologist Hervé Roten, the institute’s goals are that of the preservation and the diffusion of the Jewish musical heritage.

Since September 2012 during which the institute relocated to 42 rue Nationale in Paris 13th, the European Institute of Jewish Music has been active in:

  • Collecting archives donated by different families and institutions
  • Digitizing and diffusing the different musical collections of the Henriette Halphen media library on line (70,000 music files, 150,000 pages of score, thousands of photos, videos and different archives)
  • Developing its own musical publishing division
  • Holding different conferences and musical workshops for a large public
  • Organizing concerts and live shows

Support committee

Simha AROM, ethnomusicologist and former director of the CNRS Nicolas BACRI, composer Josy EISENBERG, rabbi and the director of “Source de Vie”, France 2 Graciane FINZI, composer Serge (…)
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Board of directors

Laure Schnapper, president Nelly Hansson, honorary president (deceased) Patrick Chasquès, vice-president Jean-Daniel Lévy, treasurer Patrick Berman, secretary-general Hervé Roten, director (…)
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Practical information

Operating hours : The European Institute of Jewish Music is open from Monday to Thursday, from 10 am to 1 pm, and from 2 to 5 pm with prior appointment. The number of listening posts being (…)
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Jewish music

From purely instrumental klezmer music to chassidic and yiddish songs, from Judaeo-Arabic and Judaeo-Spanish songs to synagogue and art music, the spectrum that Jewish music covers is wide and (…)
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