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Rabbi Jeffrey Summit
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Hillel Center
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 617-627-3242
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Rabbi Jeffrey Summit
Research Professor of Judaic Studies
Executive Director of Tufts Hillel
Associate Chaplain

Education
B.A., Brandeis University
M.A.H.L., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
M.A., Tufts University
Ph.D., Tufts University

Research Interests
Melody choice and Identity construction, music and religious experience. Research areas: United States, Israel, East Africa.

Biography
Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit is the author of The Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship (Oxford University Press, 2000) and together with photojournalist Richard Sobol, is co-author of Abayudaya: The Jews of Uganda (Abbeville Press, 2002). Rabbi Summit has also recorded, compiled, and annotated the CD Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. This CD was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for best album in the category of Traditional World Music. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings recently released his annotated CD with video Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music and Interfaith Harmony in Uganda, the music of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Fair Trade Coffee farmers in Mbale, Uganda. He has conducted research in the United States, Uganda, and Israel on music, identity, and religious experience as well as on technology and oral tradition.