Hearing Jewish history through music

Hearing Jewish history through music

The museum allows people to experience the whole Jewish diaspora, through musical experiences,
says Nechama Housmann, a tour guide at the museum, which opened three years ago as part of the Kikar HaMusica complex, which also includes restaurants and daily musical performances
The museum allows people to experience the whole Jewish diaspora, through musical experiences,
It’s really very interactive Guided tours, which require reservations, take groups through the series of rooms, each built in the style of the region whose music they represent. The room dedicated to Central Asia has a colorful domes ceiling and bright blue and green tiles on the wall. Here, Housmann uses two wooden sticks to strum the strings of a santur, an instrument with roots in Persia. She also blows the kornai, a large trumpet-like instrument still used today in weddings in the Bukharian Jewish community, which has roots in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Participants on guided tours also have a chance to try out the instruments. Those visiting independently also have a chance to play some independent games, and are guided virtually through the museum via a tour on an iPad. After learning about Jewish music around the world, grand ending of the tour is in a room displaying a model of the Second Temple, and various instruments that Jewish tradition says were used in the first and second temples. Visitors can also put on virtual reality glasses and headphones, and feel like they are entering the temple and hearing harps, flutes and other instruments played there. The museum is located at 10 Nahalat Shiva Street. To schedule a guided tour or independent visit, send an email to contact@hebrewmusicmuseum.com or call 02-540-6505.