Jewish music has always responded to its environment. Jews often negotiate utilizing music of the Jewish tradition and developing new sounds influenced by the music of their surroundings. This presentation of the music of legendary Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and comedic entertainer Mickey Katz will highlight both their European Jewish rooted traditions and recent developments in America.
The Annual Naftulin Lecture in Jewish Identity


Mark Kligman


With a musical performance by:

Veretski Pass and UCLA HASOM Students


Mark Kligman is the inaugural holder of the Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music and professor of ethnomusicology and musicology. A native of Los Angeles, Kligman comes to UCLA from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where he was professor of Jewish musicology. He has also taught courses at Columbia, Rutgers, and the University of  Pennsylvania, where he was a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in 2001. He earned his Ph.D. at New York University. Kligman’s primary expertise is the liturgical music of Middle Eastern Jewish communities. He is the author of Maqam and Liturgy: Ritual, Music, and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn (Wayne State University Press, 2009) and is co-editor of Musica Judaica, the only scholarly journal devoted solely to Jewish music.

Sponsored By:

UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies

Cosponsored By:

UCLA Department of Musicology

UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology

UCLA Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music