Rich with 70.000 recordings of Jewish music, 150.000 pages of score, 300 books, 200 photos and engravings, 80 monographs from artists and composers and 30 videos, the Halphen multimedia library is open to public from Monday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 1 pm, and from 2 till 5:30 pm with prior appointment.
Located in a prestigious setting, the multimedia library can host some ten people. It is equipped with two computers that allow listening to and watching the material available.
On May 27th 2010, the European Institute of Jewish Music has joined Rachel (the European Network of Judaica and Hebraica Libraries) an associate of the National Library of France, and who gathers most of major French Jewish libraries, such as the library of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, those of the House of Yiddish Culture, the Jewish Seminary of France, and the Museum of Jewish Art and History.
From klezmer music to hassidic or Yiddish songs, from Judeo-Arab and Judeo-Spanish songs to art and synagogal music, Jewish music is as much diversed as it is composite. It is defined by the experience of the diaspora, meeting point of ideas and cultures. Thus there is not one but many Jewish music"s", each one of them issued of a history and specific cultural environment.
To preserve this music and to show it today, in order to nourish the musical heritage of tomorrow, that is the goal of the European Institute for Jewish Music.
A video blink to our collections :