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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: Lightning and Thunder
Date 03 Dec 2023 20:00
  • Asi Matathias, violin
  • Kristina Reiko Cooper, cello
  • Victor Stanislavsky, piano

  • Mendelssohn – Piano Trio in d minor, Op. 49
  • A piece for violin and piano - TBA
  • A piece for cello and piano - TBA
CANCELLED: Chamber Series Concert No. 2 in collaboration with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (JSO)
04 Dec 2023 20:00

jerusalem symphony orchestra

  • Julian Rachlin, violin
  • With musicians from the JSO

  • O. Mustonen – String Sextet
  • Beethoven – Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20
CANCELLED: Autumn Wind
10 Dec 2023 20:00
  • Yossi Arnheim, flute
  • Irit Rub, piano

  • Haydn – Sonata Ho. XV:31, Andante in e-flat minor
  • M. Zorman – Wandering
  • Bach – Sonata in C major BWV 1033
  • Schubert – Introduction and Variations Op. 160 on "Trockne Blumen"
CANCELLED: Christmas Concert
16 Dec 2023 20:00
  • Student Choir of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies

  • Selected songs for Christmas
CANCELLED: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky
17 Dec 2023 20:00
  • Sergey Ostrovsky, violin
  • Felix Nemirovsky, cello
  • Evgeny Brakhman, piano

  • Rachmaninoff – Trio élégiaque No. 1 in g minor
  • Tchaikovsky – Piano Trio in a minor, Op. 50