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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.
Date 14 Apr 2024 20:00
  • Tal Ganor, soprano
  • Igal Levin, clarinet
  • Batia Murvitz, piano

  • Spohr – Six German Songs, Op. 103: No. 4 – Wiegenlied
  • Schumann – Liederkreis, Op. 39
  • Poulenc – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 4: 4th movement, arranged by Arnon Zimra for soprano, clarinet and piano
  • Schubert – Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965
Musical Dialogue
18 Apr 2024 20:00
  • Gilad Harel, clarinet
  • Ilya Magalnyk, accordion

  • Swing, French chanson, Brazilian choro, Klezmer and more
Chamber Series Concert No. 3 in collaboration with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (JSO)
07 May 2024 20:00

jerusalem symphony orchestra

  • Julian Rachlin, violin
  • With musicians from the JSO
  • Prokofiev – Flute Sonata in D major, Op. 94
  • Mendelssohn – String Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20
The Virtuoso Violin
19 May 2024 20:00
  • Eyal Kless, violin
  • Ron Regev, piano

  • Works by Saint-Saёns, Sarasate, Kreisler, Paganini and more
In Spanish Mood
26 May 2024 20:00
  • Yoram Zerbib, guitar

  • The guitar solo music by Sor, Granados, Albéniz, Turina, Moreno Torroba, Barrios Mangore, Riera and Lauro