On Mount Scopus, adjacent to the Mount of Olives and overlooking the Old City, the Kidron Valley, and the Holy Mount, the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies (known as the Mormon University locally) has become a major landmark in this ancient and historic city.
The Center’s purpose is twofold: (1) to provide students, scholars, and visitors with a unique opportunity to study the Bible in the land of its setting and to study Near Eastern languages, cultures, and history in the area from which they derive; and (2) to establish cultural and service-oriented programs designed to benefit the Holy Land and its people.
Individuals of any faith, whether permanent residents of Israel, expatriate residents, or visitors to the area, are invited to visit the Jerusalem Center. The Center also hosts concerts and art exhibits that the public is invited to attend.
The BYU Jerusalem Center hosts one of the most prestigious concert programs in the Holy Land in its auditorium with audiences enjoying a spectacular view of the Old City of Jerusalem. Professional musicians from the area provide extraordinary classical music programs on Sunday evenings and lively jazz and folk music once a month on a Thursday. This year, we are also offering the Chamber Series, a special collaboration between the BYU Jerusalem Center and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra directed by renowned violinist Julian Rachlin.