|The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center and Museum|
|Ben-Zvi Institute for The Study of Jewish Communities in The East|
|Ethnography and Folklore Pavilion, Eretz Israel Museum Folklore Research Center|
|Folklore Research Center|
|The Habermann Institute for Literary Research|
|The Jerusalem Center for Anthropological Studies|
|The Center for Folk Tales and Folklore|
|Misgav Yerushalayim: The Center for Research and Study of The Sephardi and Oriental Jewish Heritage|
The Department includes the National Sound Archives that collects and preservs Jewish (and non Jewish) oral traditions - focusing on music. The NSA has 6500 reels, 1000 cassettes, 300 discs, 12,730 records, and more -mainly music.
The National Sound Archives(Hafonoteka Haleumit)
The National Sound Archives (NSA) were established in 1964 by Israel Adler, founder and director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University, as an integral part of the Music Department of the Jewish National and University Library. The NSA strive to collect and preserve the musical heritage of Jewish communities in Israel and throughout the world, and of non-Jewish communities (Muslims, Christians Samaritans, Druzes, Beduins, etc.) residing in Israel.
Since their inception, the NSA have absorbed recordings from several extant sources, amongst which are: the Archive of Oriental Music of the Hebrew University founded in 1935 by Robert Lachmann, including recordings by Abraham Zvi Idelsohn; the Jacob Michael Collection of Jewish Music (New York); the Israel Institute for Sacred Music, whose director, Avigdor Herzog, presided as the NSA's first director; the private collections of pioneer Jewish ethnomusicologists such as Edith Gerson-Kiwi (who continued Lachmann's work following his death in 1939), Leo Levi and Johanna Spector.
Since 1964 the NSA have continuously expanded its holdings by promoting new recordings. Field work and recordings at the NSA studio are conducted in close cooperation with the research staff of the Jewish Music Research Centre. LikeWiset the NSA take part in organizing extended field trips in collaboration with the Centre and Musicology Departments of Israeli universities. The Archives have also been enriched by purchases and donations of tapes and records from private and public resources. The holdings include analog and digital tapes, records, cassettes and videtapes.
The NSA serve a wide and varied audience of scholars, educators, performers, film and television producers and composers from Israel and around the globe. The holdings are open to the public at the NSA listening room; selected copies of recordings can be obtained by institutions and individuals upon request.
To make recordings easily accessible, the holdings of the NSA are catalogued in scrupious detail. During the 1980s a computerized cataloguing system was devised which will enable the retrieval of individual items according to subject, title, opening Iyrics, name of performers and collectors, ethnic affiliation and geographical location.
"Archive of Jewish Dance"; Director: Dr. Zvi Friedhaber.
75, Harishonim St, Kiryat Haim 26302; Tel: +972- 4- 728369
Karmiel Folk Dance Festival; Artistic Director: Yonatan Karmon,
Karmiel 20101; Tel:+972-4-9987951. fax:+972-4-9983514
Publications:Israel Dance Annual; Rokdim