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About the Center

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.

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Visit the Center

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. 

Tours of the Jerusalem Center are conducted free of charge on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Take a Tour


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.

These concerts are a gift to the community and are offered free of charge.
The Classic and the Romantic
Date 21 Jul 2024 20:00
  • Saida Bar-Lev, violin
  • May Endy, cello
  • Ishay Shaer, piano

  • Beethoven – Piano Trio in c minor, Op. 1 No. 3
  • Brahms – Piano Trio in c minor, Op. 101
Family and Friends
28 Jul 2024 20:00
  • Amnon Valk, violin
  • Yoram Livne, violin
  • Irit Livne, viola
  • Yaniv Livne, viola
  • Yoram Alperin, cello
  • Vag Papian, piano

  • Mozart – String Quintet No. 4 in g minor, K. 516
  • Schumann – Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
Doctor Jazz hosts the Vocal Ensemble HeChatzer
01 Aug 2024 20:00
  • Doctor Jazz
    • Elazar (Larry) Brandt, trombone
    • Shimi (Panza) Gilad, banjo
    • Eli Preminger, trumpet
    • Anton Lutsky, sousaphone
    • Amnon Ben Artsi, trombone
    • Kobi Solomon, clarinet
    • Dor Bar Av, washboard and drums
  • The Vocal Ensemble HeChatzer
    • directed by Udi Raz

  • Traditional jazz from the riverboats and the dance halls of New Orleans, music from the early days of jazz, fresh interpretations of classic Gospel songs and more
Opera Hits with Duo Skorka
04 Aug 2024 20:00
  • Daniela Skorka, soprano
  • Rafael Skorka, piano

  • Grieg – Piano Sonata in e minor, Op.7
  • Grieg – Sechs Lieder, Op. 48
  • Turina – Poema en forma de canciones, Op. 19
  • De Falla – Seven Popular Spanish Songs
A German Requiem by Brahms
08 Sep 2024 20:00

Michael Shani, conductor
Tali Ketzef, soprano
Alexey Kannunikov, baritone
Irit Rub, piano
Alexander Volokh, piano
The Tel Aviv Chamber Choir

Brahms — A German Requiem, Op. 45 for choir, soloists, and piano four hands.