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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.
CANCELLED: Sound of Jazz
Date 22 Feb 2024 20:00
  • Assaf Hakimi, bass
  • Roee Lauterbach, piano
  • Itai Armon, persian tar
  • Regev Ashkenazi, drums

  • Jazz, original music and world music
CANCELLED: Wanderings
25 Feb 2024 20:00
  • Natan Tishin, violin
  • Alexander Ivanov, piano

  • Bartók – Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano
  • Bach – Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin and Piano
  • Schubert – "Grand Duo" in A major, D. 574
  • Ravel – "Tzigane" for Violin and Piano
CANCELLED: Sturm und Drang
03 Mar 2024 20:00
  • Zvi Plesser, cello
  • Yehuda Inbar, piano

  • Beethoven – Sonatas for cello and piano and more
CANCELLED: Inspiration
10 Mar 2024 20:00
  • Rosmarin Ensemble
    • Rotem Braten, flute
    • Itamar Ringel, viola
    • Marina Fradin, harp

  • Beethoven – Serenade in D major (arr. by Ami Maayani)
  • Brahms – A selection from "Two Songs", Op. 91 (flute, viola and harp version)
  • Debussy – Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
  • Ravel – Sonatine (arr. by Carlos Salzedo)
CANCELLED: Young Soloists
17 Mar 2024 20:00
  • Program - TBA