Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

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The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
האקדמיה למוסיקה ולמחול בירושלים
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance 1.jpg
Former names
The Rubin Academy of Music
Academic staff
CampusGivat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (Hebrew: האקדמיה למוסיקה ולמחול בירושלים‎), is a school for the music and the performing arts in Jerusalem, Israel. It is located on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


The Jerusalem Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem was founded in August 1933 by violinist Emil Hauser, who served as its first director. His wife, Helena Kagan, a pioneer of pediatric medicine in pre-state Israel, was honorary secretary in 1938-1946.[1] The principal of the school was Yocheved Dostorevsky, a pianist who immigrated to Jerusalem from Vienna. Israeli composer Josef Tal headed the academy in 1948–52.[2] Classes were held at a building on the corner of Kikar Zion in the center of Jerusalem.[3] As the number of students rose, the school moved to rented premises, the Schmidt building, on Hillel Street.

In 1958, Samuel Rubin, president of the Norman Foundation (now the America-Israel Cultural Foundation), donated a large sum of money to purchase a building on Smolenskin Street in Jerusalem's Rehavia neighborhood. The inauguration took place in the presence of Golda Meir, Teddy Kollek and other dignitaries. At the ceremony, the school was renamed the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem.[4]

That same year, the Academy library was established under the leadership of Claude Abravanel. During his 35 years as director, the library collected books, journals, scores, first editions and the like. The collection now resides in the Academy's library and in the Israeli music archives, founded in 1988.[5]

Edith Gerson-Kiwi, an ethnomusicologist specializing in the ethnic music of the oriental Jewish communities of Palestine and Israel, taught music history there in 1942. With the encouragement of Emil Hauser, she established the Phonograph Archives of the Palestine Institute of Folklore and Ethnology and the academy's collection of ethnic musical instruments.[6]

In 1965, Hassia Levy-Agron, a pioneer of dance in Israel, established the school's dance department. [7] Israeli conductor Mendi Rodan headed the school from 1984–93.[8]


Today the school has a faculty of 160, and over 600 students. The academy is an independent institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education in Israel, but also collaborates with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The school has a Faculty of the Performing Arts, a Faculty of Composition, Conducting and Music Education, and a Faculty of Dance, Movement and Movement Notation.[9]

High school[edit]

Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance – high school

The Academy High School is situated in the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Building in Givat Ram, adjacent to the Academy's main building. Founded in the late 1960s, the curriculum combines general studies with specialization in music and dance.[10]

Summer programs[edit]

The academy runs an annual two-week program called the International Summer Institute for Strings.[11]


The Conservatory offers individual and group instruction in music and dance for students from the age of five. Students attend special workshops and master classes taught by the Academy's senior lecturers, and perform as soloists and in ensembles in Israel and overseas. Over 700 students are currently studying at the Conservatory.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jewish Women Encyclopedia: Helena Kagan Archived August 1, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Israel Music Information Center: Composers". September 18, 1910. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  3. ^ הרסייך ומחריבייך ממך יצאו: סיור בין הבתים הנכחדים של ירושלים Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ JAMD, History Archived May 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ idem.
  6. ^ Jewish Women Encyclopedia: Edith Gerson-Kiwi Archived August 2, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Hassia Levy-Agron". Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  8. ^ "Obituary, Mendi Rodan". Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  9. ^ "JAMD President's message". Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  10. ^ Dance Program Music Program (February 21, 2011). "JAMD website, High School". Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  11. ^ "Summer Institute for Strings". Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  12. ^ "Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Conservatory". Retrieved October 9, 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°46.600′N 35°11.694′E / 31.776667°N 35.194900°E / 31.776667; 35.194900