Born in Jerusalem, Mr. Jaffe graduated with distinction from the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem and later received the Earnt Reed Prize for conducting, as well as the Edith de Philip Proze for opera conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Among his teachers were Leonard Bernstein and Igor Markevitch. Several major orchestras have played under Elli Jaffe's baton. Among them are all the major orchestras in Israel, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra-London, Liege Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra (with which he has been given the title "Honorary Foreign Conductor") and other important orchestras in the Czech Republic as well as The European Philharmonic in France. He is Music Director of The Europe-Israel Foundation for the Advancement of Jewish Liturgical Music and The Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir with which he has toured around the world including the "Mozarteum" in Salzburg and the Sydney Opera House. As a composer his sacred music has been sung by the great Cantors of the world. His wind quintet was performed by The Israel Philharmonic Quintet to whom it was dedicated. In addition, he has written a string quartet, works for choir and other vocal and instrumental works.