Founded in 1982 and directed until 1999 by musicologist Dr. Avner Bahat, the Feher Jewish MusicCenter of Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, Israel, is engaged in the preservation, recording, and promotion of Jewish music, both among the Museum’s visitors and the general public. The musicologist Dr. Yuval Shaked was director of the center until April 2008.
The public may listen to recordings and view films about Jewish music in the renovated Feher Jewish Music Center, which is located on the second floor of the Core Exhibition. The collection contains some 7,500 recordings of Jewish music, and a computerized database cross-referenced by poet, composer, performer, musical tradition.
The Feher Jewish Music Center hosts concerts and produces recordings. To date, it has released 20 CDs and cassette recordings covering the vast scope of Jewish music: traditional singing of the Jews of Morocco, Yemen, Bombay and Spain; the music of communities that vanished in the Holocaust – Kongsberg, Danzig and Berlin; compositions in Hasidic style by Joachim Stutschewsky and others;choral music based on Jewish traditional themes by Yehezkel Braun and others; as well as works by Jewish composers, among them Bloch, Copland, Glanzberg and Partos. [To full list of Beit Hatfutsot records]