Podcast: Preserving the Sounds of Jewish Culture

Listen to the podcast with Alex Hartov and Lewis Glinert

The Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive (DJSA) is a repository of sound recordings related to Jewish music, culture, society, and history. It was established in 2002 by Professor of Engineering Alex Hartov and Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures Lewis Glinert for use by students and researchers.

Professors Alex Hartov (left) and Lewis Glinert founded the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive in 2002. (photos by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Begun with a collection of 6,000 recordings, the archive now boasts more than 30,000 tracks online and recently announced a collaborative agreement with the University of London's Jewish Music Institute to digitize some of its collection for online access through the DJSA.

In this Views from the Green podcast, Professors Hartov and Glinert discuss the archive, this upcoming collaboration, and the DJSA’s future—as well as play a few of their favorite tracks.

The tracks include one of the earliest clandestine broadcasts from the Jewish Underground in British-controlled Palestine in 1939, a side from the Arthur Asher Pesach, “Dayenu” from the album Children Sing the Seder, and “Chad Gadya” from the album Moishe Oysher Seder.