Academic Research

What I Study

My doctoral research examined how music at Jewish summer camps helps create Jewish identity and how communal singing influenced the lives of those who spent summers at Jewish camp.

I am particularly interested in how embodied musical practices enhance the development of community. 

My previous research indicated that community develops through a matrix of collective and individual memory, pseudo-synaesthesia, and a physical imprinting that takes place during moments of collective effervescence.

What's next

I'm currently involved in research projects that look at the phenomenon of public prayer in public spaces in Israel. Also--I'm embarking on a study of American and British immigrants involved in community music making.