Rabbi Jeffrey Summit
Research Professor of Judaic Studies
Executive Director of Tufts Hillel
B.A., Brandeis University
M.A.H.L., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
M.A., Tufts University
Ph.D., Tufts University
Melody choice and Identity construction, music and religious
experience. Research areas: United States, Israel, East Africa.
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.