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Music and the Sacred: The Intersection of Liturgy, Music and Theology

Congregation Ahavath Sholom

Music and faith have long been powerful influences on culture. How has religion been shaped by music? How has music been shaped by religion? Hear a Christian and Jewish perspective from award-winning musicologists Dr. Yossi Maurey, Chair, Musicology Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Dr. Assaf Shelleg, Senior Lecturer, Musicology Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Drs. Maurey and Shelleg will share insights on Psalms in music, music in the Bible, and the role music plays in liturgy and theology. 
Presented by American Friends of the Hebrew University.
Yossi Maurey holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Chicago and is the Chair of the Department of Musicology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in medieval sacred music, liturgy, and ritual, and has a special interest in the confluence of theology, music, manuscript culture and ideology. Maurey’s monograph Medieval Music, Legend, and the Cult of St Martin: The Local Foundations of a Universal Saint (2014 Cambridge University Press) won the 2015 Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines. 



Assaf Shelleg is a Senior Lecturer of musicology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.He was previously a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and Washington University in St. Louis. Shelleg specializes in Jewish and Israeli art musics. His book, Jewish Contiguities and the Soundtrack of Israeli History (2014 Oxford University Press), won the 2015 Engle Prize for the Study of Hebrew Music and the 2016 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award of the Association for Jewish Studies.  



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