A Century-Old Archive of Lost Klezmer Recordings from Russia

Dec. 28 2017

Searching the archives of the EMI Music Archives in England, the insurance agent and klezmer enthusiast Michael Aylward discovered an enormous trove of pre-World War I vinyl records produced by klezmer musicians in the Russian empire. Until then, this jazz-like genre of East European Jewish music was known almost exclusively from recordings made in the U.S. in the 1920s and 30s. Sarah McConnell speaks with the clarinetist and ethnomusicologist Joel Rubin about the significance of the collection, and plays some of the music. (Audio, 16 minutes.)

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Qatar’s Unreported Donations to American Universities May Feed Campus Anti-Zionism

Feb. 25 2020

On February 12, the Department of Education announced that it suspects Harvard and Yale of failing to report millions of dollars received from China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and elsewhere. The department has also accused several other schools of similar violations, and one professor has been arrested in the course of the investigation. Meanwhile, the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy has for years been researching Middle Eastern countries’ donations to American institutions of higher education, and believes there is a connection between these donations, especially those from Qatar, and campus anti-Semitism:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Israel on campus, Qatar, University