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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.
In Spanish Mood
Date 26 May 2024 20:00
  • Yoram Zerbib, guitar

  • The guitar solo music by Sor, Granados, Albéniz, Turina, Moreno Torroba, Barrios Mangore, Riera and Lauro
Fantasy, Concerto, Nocturno
30 May 2024 20:00
  • Nadav Hayet, horn
  • Matan Gur Nelson, piano


  • Arnold – Fantasy for Horn Solo, Op. 88
  • Schubert – The Wanderer Fantasy in C major, D. 760
  • Mozart – Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major, K. 459
  • Mozart – Adagio in b minor
  • F. Strauss – Nocturno, Op. 7
Evening at the Theater
02 Jun 2024 20:00
  • Israeli Chamber Project
    • Itamar Zorman, violin
    • Daniel Bard, violin
    • Guy Ben-Ziony, viola
    • Michal Korman, cello
    • Tibi Cziger, clarinet

  • Mozart – String Quintet in D major, K. 593
  • Gershwin – Porgy and Bess: Suite for Clarinet and Strings
  • Korngold – Much Ado About Nothing: Suite for String Quartet
Musical Fireworks
09 Jun 2024 20:00
  • Ram Oren, trumpet
  • Yelena Tishin, violin
  • Evgenia Oren, viola
  • Dmitry Golderman, cello

  • Works by J. S. Bach, Handel, Schubert, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Piazzolla, Andersen and more
16 Jun 2024 20:00
  • Naama Liany Einav, mezzo-soprano
  • Yoni Farhi, piano

  • Works by Barber, Petrovich, Mompou, Bernstein and more