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Current Institution

Tufts University (Associate Professor)

Areas of Expertise

Middle East, Jewish music of Uganda, contemporary Jewish liturgical music. Identity construction and music in religious experience.


Jeffrey Summit is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music, and also serves as rabbi and Executive Director of the Hillel Foundation at Tufts.

He holds rabbinic ordination and an M.A.H.L. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Tufts University where he studied ethnomusicology in the Tufts interdisciplinary doctoral program.

He is the author of The Lord's Song in a Stange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship (Oxford University Press, 2000) and together with photojournalist Richard Sobol, is co-author of Abayudaya: The Jews of Uganda (Abbeville Press, 2002). Rabbi Summit has also recorded, compiled, and annotated the CD Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. This CD was nominated for a Grammy Award for best album in the category of Traditional World Music. He has conducted research in the United States, Uganda, and Israel on music, identity, and religious experience as well as on technology and oral tradition.

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