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Please see our IJS Summer Programme for our next events. 

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IJS SUMMER CONFERENCE 2018

The Aramaic dialects within their Late Antique environment.


Monday July 9 (evening), Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday July 10, 11, 12 (daytime) at University College London.

You are welcome to all or any part of the conference.

Further information link:  IJS Conference 2018

Programme and venue to be announced with Eventbrite booking details shortly.

Women, Voice, and Music in British Synagogues

Start: May 04, 2017 06:30 PM


Rachel Adelstein


Thursday May 4th

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ENGLAND


Singing in Synagogue

Beginning with the establishment of the West London Synagogue in 1840, Anglo-Jewish congregations began to explore how to integrate the ideas of being Jewish and being modern British citizens. One contested site of exploration was the role of the female voice. While the gendered sound of worship in British synagogues might suggest that women’s voices separate progressive from Orthodox practice, the historical reality is more complicated. This lecture suggests that the primary issue is the congregation’s engagement with modernity, rather than a debate about feminist values. It will explore congregational experiments with liturgical music, and demonstrate the negotiations that British synagogues make with modernity through the female voice. 

Rachel Adelstein is an ethnomusicologist. She received her Ph.D in 2013 from the University of Chicago, where she completed her doctoral dissertation entitled "Braided Voices: Women Cantors in Non-Orthodox Judaism." She has also written about music and the memory of the Holocaust. She is especially interested in contemporary Jewish liturgical music, as well as artistic expressions of Jewish feminism and American vernacular music. 


Drinks reception from 6.30pm in the foyer

Lecture 7pm in the Gavin de Beer lecture theatre

Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT


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Eventbrite - Women, Voice and Music

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