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Basic Information

Location Jerusalem, Israel
Date 2013/09/08 - 2000/01/01
Recurring Event: yes
Phone number (02) 621-5300
Country Israel
City Jerusalem

Tourist Information

Free entry no
Suitable for kids yes
Handicap accessibility yes
Yearly event yes
Website http://www.gojerusalem.com/discover/item_15108/Piyyut-Festival-2013-Day-One-September-8--2013


What is a Piyyut exactly? If the word doesn't immediately ring a bell, you might be surprised to find out that you already know the answer - especially if you've been to synagogue service a few times, even just for the High Holidays. A piyyut is a Hebrew poem or psalm which is given a melody, often times used in service as a prayer led by the Cantor. The best and most recognizable example is the poem Adon Olam (King of the Universe).

The Piyyut Festival in Jerusalem, established recently in 2007 by Artistic Musical Director Yair Harel, is an annual three-day celebration in September exploring the role of piyyutim in traditional cantorial music today. The festival is hosted at Beit Avi Chai, a highly-regarded cultural and social center in the center of Jerusalem, in the institution’s picturesque outdoor courtyard made of Jerusalem stone. The festival showcases piyyutim from a variety of Jewish ethnic communities, both Ashkenazi and Sephardi, as well as esteemed singers and cantors from around the world. It is hands-down one of the most unique and exciting events in Jerusalem to attend, and it has a fast and ever-growing popularity amongst the locals.

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