Dr. Naomi Cohn Zentner (IL, musicology)
Dr Naomi Cohn Zentner is an Ethnomusicologist interested in the intersections between Ashkenazi music and the Israeli sphere, mainly in the home. Her Masters thesis looked at the Spanish and Portuguese influence on the Ashkenazi liturgy in London in the late 19th century. Her dissertation focused on the paraliturgical piyyutim of Zemirot Shabbat sung around the Sabbath table among religious Zionists in Israel. Other interests include: the domestic music of German speaking Jews and Jewish aspects in Israeli popular music.
She is a lecturer at the Open University, at Schechter College of Jewish Studies, Efrata College and at the cantorial department of Hebrew Union College. Current projects include an interactive map of "kol mekadesh shevii: a wandering melody as a cultural map", and a project on the historic recordings of inter-religious musical exchange in Ottoman Safed.