Israeli Music and National Culture: An Ethnomusicological Exploration

Date: Jan 24, 2019

Time: noon - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning


The changes in Israeli music over the country’s short history illuminate significant historical and social developments. Through an exploration of many forms of Israeli music (including Songs of the Land of Israel, Israeli rock, Mizrahi-infused pop music, and ethnic religious music), we will use this unique political and cultural lens to understand how Israeli identity has shifted throughout its history. 

Three Thursdays
January 24, 31, February 7, 2019
12:00–1:00 p.m. ET


Vocalist and scholar Dr. Galeet Dardashti is an assistant professor of Jewish music and a musician-in-residence at JTS. She is the first woman to continue her family’s tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship.  She has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative performers of Jewish music today beginning with her work as founder and leader of the renowned all-woman ensemble Divahn. As a scholar, she holds a PhD in cultural anthropology. Dardashti’s many publications examine Israeli music/media, Mizrahi cultural politics, and Arab/Jewish artistic “coexistence,” and explore what drives artistic production in our globalized world. Dardashti’s current book project explores the Mizrahi piyyut phenomenon in contemporary Israel. Her recent positions have included visiting scholar and postdoctoral fellow at NYU’s Taub Center for Israel Studies and Reitman Fellow at the Bildner Center and Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University.

Cost: $60 (includes all curricular materials)

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

For more information, contact Lynn Feinman at or (212) 678-8821.