The Milken Archive is, by design, many things to many people. For some, it is a library preserving the musical legacy of the Jewish people in America. For others, it is a resource for understanding and connecting to Judaism, Jewish culture and history. Increasingly, it is also becoming a source of inspiration for new work that will influence and elevate the artistry for generations to come.
For founder Lowell Milken, it all began as a personal quest and a vision for its future that is now becoming reality.
"Future generations will be thankful to the Archive for preserving and safeguarding our artistic legacy." — Herman Berlinski
Watch our new video to discover the story of the Archive from the perspectives of Lowell Milken, curator Jeff Janeczko, many of the artists who contributed to and benefited from the project early on, and those who are now joining in our mission to take this work into the future.
Speaking of new work and new ways to access Jewish music, UCLA's Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience (MAJE) is hosting some exciting virtual events in the coming weeks that we are sure you will love. Click through to learn more and join.
Tuesday, February 23: Join Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and musical director of the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the hit show.
Tuesday, March 2: World renowned clarinetist, Milken Archive contributor and master of klezmer David Krakauer will share his inspirations and answer your questions about his music past and present.
Thursday, March 4: A tribute to Theodore Bikel with storytelling and music, featuring his wife, Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, along with Peter Yarrow, Arlo Guthrie, Daniel Kahn and friends, pay tribute to the legendary actor and folksinger; a civil rights, peace, and Jewish activist.
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