Jewish Music Collection
Visitors to the Feher Jewish Music Center may personalize their visit by requesting recordings at individual listening booths, each equipped with a touch-screen monitor. They can browse through the database of biographies; find any single piece of music by its title, opening words, textual source, composer and writer, ethnic or religious tradition, geographical origin, language, period, content, performer, and more; listen to music pieces or view films featuring musical performances, traditions and musicians.
Traditional pieces of music in the collection fall in the following three categories:
- Liturgical songs. Synagogal songs in Hebrew and Aramaic; Torah readings and prayers.
- Paraliturgical songs. Sacred songs in Hebrew sung at home as part of the yearly cycle – the Sabbath and festivals, or the life cycle – circumcision, wedding, death.
- Everyday songs. Usually sung by women, some in Hebrew, though most are in the vernacular languages spoken by Jews throughout the Diaspora – Yiddish, Judeo-Espagnol, Arabic, Geez, Juhuri and many local dialects.