Gila Flam was born in Haifa, Israel, where she received her education and studied piano for 10 years. She received her BA and MA degrees in Musicology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1988 she graduated from the ethnomusicology program,e at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her Ph.D.
She is the author of several articles and books on Israeli popular music and Yiddish song, including Singing for Survival: Songs of the Lodz Ghetto 1940-1945 (University of Illinois Press, 1992). Her second book (in collaboration with Dov Noy), Hobn Mir a Nigndl, about the songs of the Yiddish «Troubadour» Nokhem Shternheim, was published by the Jewish Music Research Center, Jerusalem in 2000.
Dr Flam established and directed the music department at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. (1989-1992).
Since 1994, she has been Director of the Music Department and the National Sound Archives of the National Library of Israel, where she has enriched the collection and preserved it through digitisation.
Dr Flam lectures in many conferences around the world and teaches classes on Yiddish song and music of the Holocaust at Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University, Levinsky’s Teachers College and the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance. Gila Flam also performs the songs she researches and studies and conducts fieldwork among Yiddish-speaking informants, and consults film-makers, singers and researchers around the world.