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4th Annual Hallel V'Zimrah Award to Theodore Bikel

heodore Bikel has received rave reviews wherever he has appeared -- on stage, on television, in film, or in concert. It atthew Lazar presents the Fourth Annual Hallel V'Zimrah award to Theodore Bikel was therefore not at all surprising that this multi-talented artist also received raves for his performances at last summer's North American Jewish Choral Festival, where he was honored with the Zamir Choral Foundation's Fourth Annual Hallel V'Zimrah Award. In making the award, Matthew Lazar noted Theo's many accomplishments, but highlighted, in particular, his role in bringing Jewish folk song to the attention of American Jewish audiences -- and Americans in general. At the same time, Bikel's leadership as an activist and humanitarian was also noted. heodore Bikel has received rave reviews wherever he has The Choral Festival participants appeared -- on stage, on television, in film, or in concert. had a "sneak peak" at Wednesday




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Zamir Chorale Performs At White House



n Monday evening, December 10, 2007, the Zamir Chorale under the direction of Matthew Lazar, entertained President and Mrs. Bush, Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff and a select group of additional guests at the annual White House Hanukkah celebration. Cantor Alberto Mizrahi was featured soloist.

he President was most gracious, shaking the hand of every member of the choir...


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Zamir Choral Foundation at Carnegie Hall · Celebrating NAJCF 18: Photos and Impressions Another Banner Year for HaZamir · 4th President Elected · and more...

From the Maestro's Podium

t is not often that content and form come together to create unity and purpose. We long, for example, for our rituals and our consciousness to coincide. I had that experience recently, along with more than three thousand other people, as the Zamir Choral Foundation celebrated Israel's 60th birthday in Carnegie Hall. Three generations of trans-denominational and trans-political singers, soloists and audience members sang about Klal Yisrael with Klal Yisrael. Zamir's programming and mission coincided as performers and audience members experienced nostalgia, sadness and hope through two millennia of music and text of the Jewish people. The powerful unity, expressed in song, confirmed the reality of our shared destiny. Many of you thanked me for providing the "unforgettable experience" of singing Hatikvah with such a community. The feeling is mutual.

Zamir Choral Foundation

n March 30th, the Zamir Choral Foundation kicked off New York City's celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Israel to a sold-out Carnegie Hall. The star-studded concert featured the Zamir Chorale and Friends, including the legendary Theodore Bikel, Debbie Friedman, Cantors Alberto Mizrahi, Jack Mendelson and Lorna Wallach, and a special guest appearance by HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, all under the direction of Matthew Lazar, Founder and Director of the Zamir Choral Foundation. The concert traced the history of Israel through music, with musical selections that ranged from Hebrew chant through favorites from the beginnings of the state to contemporary pieces, including heodore Bikel and Debbie Friedman the world join the Zamir Chorale and Friends in Al Kol Eleh premiere of Israeli composer Yehezkel Braun's Bayom HaHu, specially commissioned for this concert. The iconic Theodore Bikel performed songs from the early Zionist era, many of which he learned as a boy in Israel. Singer/composer Debbie Friedman joined Theo for some solo numbers, and also sang her well-known Miriam's Song with the Zamir Chorale and Friends in a new arrangement by Maestro Lazar. More than 50 singers, some of whom traveled from across the country, joined the Zamir Chorale to form the "Friends" choir for many selections, including the finale which included David Burger's anthem of the Jewish Choral Movement, T'filah (featuring David on guitar), and Hatikvah, in which the audience stood and joined in singing, many with tears in their eyes.




Matthew Lazar introduces HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir

he concert also featured the Zamir Chorale in the performance of Darchei Noam by David Burger, a specially commissioned tribute to the late Noam Shudofsky, a Zamir Choral Foundation Board member and lifelong supporter of Israel.



ome 160 HaZamir singers from across the country arrived in New York to perform at the concert. They sang a set that spanned Israeli history and culture, including Naomi Shemer's Yerushalayim Shel Zahav to the delight of the audience. The HaZamir singers joined all performers onstage for the moving finale.


he concert traced the history of Israel through music, with musical selections that ranged from Hebrew chant through favorites from the beginnings of the state to contemporary pieces



nother highlight of the program was the performance by Karen Berenthal, an alumna of both HaZamir and the Zamir Chorale, of K'shetavo. That song was written for Ron Arad, the Israeli airman who has been missing since 1986, but as Maestro Lazar explained, it was included on this program to recall all the fallen Israeli servicemen, particularly Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, whose fate remains unknown.

at Carnegie Hall

[above, clockwise from left:]

Theodore Bikel leads a stirring rendition of Techezakna; Cantor Lorna Wallach (top)

sings Lu Yehi with the Zamir Chorale and Friends; Karen Berenthal (center) sings a heartfelt K'shetavo; Cantors Alberto Mizrahi (left) and Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson in their brilliant performance of Moyshe Oysher's Chad Gadya; Debbie Friedman sings Miriam's Song with the Zamir Chorale and Friends; Zamir Chorale and Friends in performance (two bottom photos)



The audience is invited to join in singing Uvau HaOvdim

he Zamir Choral Foundation has maintained a steadfast commitment to Zionism and the Jewish State since its inception, and has marked significant milestones in the history of Israel and the Jewish people with programs like these in major concert venues for nearly 40 years. This celebration of Israel at 60 in Carnegie Hall was another triumphant statement of the vitality of the Jewish people and its music. Kudos to all who were part of this event!


triumphant statement of the vitality of the Jewish people and its music


A Soul-Uplifting Musical Event


and Shofar hat's it like when reality surpasses your wildest dreams? This is what happened to me when I attended the 18th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival, sponsored by the Zamir Choral Foundation in Kerhonkson, NY from 8 to 12 July. I hoped it would be enjoyable but it was soul-uplifting! Over 500 people, all singers or other types of musicians, and almost without exception Jewish, met for five glorious days of singing, learning, listening and exchanging ideas, focused on the objective of keeping alive the tradition of music in Jewish life and worship. Each day all delegates met for a "Community Sing", where -- in less than two hours -- three different conductors each taught a new song, enabling us to experience various styles of teaching. How exciting to have 500 voices melding in new works which most of us had not seen until a few minutes earlier! The other main activity of each day was rehearsal with our "Instant Ensembles". Depending on each person's sight-reading abilities, we were allocated to one of these six choirs, each under the supervision of an experienced conductor, where we learned at least three pieces. After a minimum of five work sessions each choir was deemed ready to participate in the final concert on the last day of the festival, which was a moving showpiece of choral excellence. In between these two main activities there were workshops and classes, while each evening saw a concert given by the many choral groups that are active, mainly in the New York, New Jersey, Boston and other East Coast centers. The workshops ranged from Nick Page showing how to encourage groups of people to sing, through Jayson Rodovsky Engquist talking about new choral repertoire from Transcontinental publishing, Zalmen Mlotek expounding on The World of Yiddish Theater, Ramon Tasat and Natasha Hirschhorn demonstrating exactly how Sefardic music should sound, to Scott Sokol explaining


Sheldon Levin and the New Jersey Cantors Ensemble

Debbie Friedman

and Matthew Lazar

Festival Steering

Committee Members Marsha Bryan Edelman, Matthew Lazar and Dan Freelander

Theodore Bikel, Matthew Lazar,



Tamara Brooks and Vivian Lazar

ive glorious days of singing, learning, listening and exchanging ideas, focused on the objective of keeping alive the tradition of music in Jewish life and worship.

Matthew and Vivian Lazar with ZCF Vice President

Henry Stein, and his wife, Board Member Sherry Stein why the neurology and psychology of human beings predisposes us to seek out music in our lives. Those are but a few of the many offerings, causing the only real frustration, which lay in choosing which class to attend, knowing full well that whatever choice was made any other would have been just as interesting and exciting. And oh, those cameo performances and evening concerts! How can one possibly decide which was best? The Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus from New York, NY; Shirah: Community Chorus of the JCC on the Palisades from Tenafly, NJ; Zamir Chorale from New York, NY; Six13, a group of young men who make amazing instrumental sounds with their mouths or the marvelous evening when Theodore Bikel was on stage for nearly two hours, talking about his long history of protest against man's inhumanity to man, playing his guitar, singing alone and with us, and making us laugh, earning what he himself described as a "standing ovulation"! The driving force behind all this joy is Matthew Lazar, a leader in the Jewish choral movement in North America -- Google him to learn what he has achieved; it is far too much to be included in this brief article. Behind and beside him are a group of dedicated cantors, composers, performers, professors, educators, music publishers and conductors who co-operated to fill each day with inspiration. Throw in the beauty of natural greenery, rivers which actually have water in them, temperatures that barely hit the 90s, generous quantities of delicious kosher food and an hotel dedicated to making us comfortable and you can see why this was a most worthwhile summer escape. Oh -- and they do this every year, so you can sign up now for the 19th Festival; maybe you'll see me there! Rosemary Abrami

first started attending the North American Jewish Choral Festival in 1993. Growing up in upstate NY, my synagogue choir sang only on the High Holidays and my secular choral conductors were well versed in Mozart, Verdi, Faure and other brilliant composers of choral music, but they thought the only Jewish song was Dreidel, Dreidel. When friends of mine told me to go to the North American Jewish Choral Festival, I took off a day from my summer job to attend for one day of the five day festival. In the few hours I was there, I went musically from black and white to technicolor. Being exposed to beautiful Jewish music, from the Baroque period to modern, and to the singers of this music, cantors, choirs, conductors, composers... people who were passionate about bringing Jews together from different backgrounds to sing beautiful Jewish music in "perfect harmony", changed the course of my life...

­ Cantor Shayna Postman, Town and Village Synagogue, New York, NY


Matthew Lazar conducts the combined choruses of Shirah,

Kol Dodi and Shiru Shir in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, with soloist Ari Nussbaum Cohen.


h, those cameo performances and evening concerts! How can one possibly decide which was best?


Theodore Bikel and Yaakov Motzen

hank you so much for a fantastic, glorious, inspiring festival. It was such an overwhelming success in every way. I can only imagine the months and months of hard work and dedication that went into every detail, and we are all so very grateful to you. I truly loved being part of it....


Theodore Bikel, Debbie Friedman

and David Burger

Matthew Lazar with

Board Member Phyllis Rosen, composer Nick Page, and Richard Rosen

Ellen Allard conducts Makhelat HaPishpishim

e thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Festival; it was a spectacular program, and the evening performance by Theo was truly for the ages. The whole thing was just great...



Festival attendees singing Lewandowski's Halleluyah ZCF Vice President Gideon Vaisman with Vivian Lazar,

his wife, harpist Susannah Klincharova, and Matthew Lazar

Matthew Lazar with ZCF Board Member

Matthew J. Maryles and his wife, Gladys


can't tell you how much I appreciate having an experience at "summer music camp" available to me. I look forward to it each year with great anticipation and joy. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


A Powerful Spirit

attend many choral festivals but the North American Jewish Choral Festival is always my favorite. At so many festivals, you sit and watch and listen, but never open your mouth. The irony of a choral festival where you don't sing doesn't seem to bother anyone. I love singing. At the NAJCF we sing. We sing in the morning. We sing in the afternoon and we sing in the evening. And if you sing in Mati's choir you are likely practicing your music well after midnight. The highlight of the Festival is always the final concert featuring everyone singing their hearts out under the direction of truly inspiring conductors. I was watching the Martin Scorcese documentary on Bob Dylan recently. In one scene it shows Dylan, Pete Seeger and Theo Bikel singing in a field in the deep South during the Civil Rights movement. Bikel's words from the Festival, "Speak truth to power," resonate with us still. The evening of song that he shared with us felt like five thousand years of Jewish experience. In the Navaho culture, a wealthy person is one who knows many songs. Bikel is surely the wealthiest of men. With pure compassion in his heart, he shared his wealth with us and we were changed by the experience. Finally, it is ultimately the spirit that makes the Festival so powerful. I mean "spirit" in the sense of JOY as well as in the sense of the deeply SACRED. My Chicago friend, Lee Kesselman, attended this year's Festival for the first time and was deeply moved by the experience (I told him he would be). He was impressed at how well everyone respected each other's faiths and beliefs. It is that deep connection to that which is sacred that unites everyone and this connection flows from the music. And it is that same connection to the joy which makes it come alive. During the many wonderful performances there were times I felt like dancing. Thankfully my friend Lee was next to me holding me back -- stopping me from making a complete fool of myself. He wasn't next to me during the final performances when I couldn't stop myself from giving everyone well deserved standing ovations. ­ Nick Page



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A Joyful Noise

must let you know how overwhelmed I have been at the excellence of the conference and the welcoming I felt from everyone I encountered. This may have been a lifechanging experience for me, as well as for others... My evaluation of priorities in life has either changed or been reinforced by the experience. Never before have I been so absorbed in something that I cared not a whim about the outside world. I said to my friend, Bob Doniger, an attendee for 16 years who was responsible for my interest in the conference, that it felt like a wonderful small town that I want to live in for the rest of my life; but Bob had perhaps a better analogy: he said no, it was Brigadoon. I wonder if everyone who comes to the festival for the first time reacts the way I have. Whenever I start to tell someone what a wonderful time I had and about the various things that happened I get goosebumps. When Mati led the Lewandowski Hallelujah at the end of the cocktail hour I thought for certain that I was at the gates of Heaven and would soon be in the company of HaShem. It will take quite some time for these feelings to dissipate and perhaps they will always be with me. I want to thank everyone who made this such a wonderful event for me by greeting me with a smile or caring about my aching back or teaching me the basics of sight reading or giving outstanding performances or showing me that music can be learned quickly when you have such expert direction or just participating to create a sound that must be heard in the heavens. Bless you all for your love of singing and for making a joyful noise that I was fortunate enough to hear. ­ Neil Schwab, Allentown, PA

The Chorale appeared at the candle lighting ceremony which was led by Ruth and Judea Pearl, parents of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Later, at a lavish East Room reception, Zamir sang four more selections. Judea Pearl joined the choir in performing the finîú number for all in attendance. The President was most gracious, shaking the hand of every member of the choir and even taking a moment to share some words with Matthew Lazar. To view the ceremony in its entirety, visit the White House website at http:// 2007/12/20071210-3.html and click on "videos."


n the Navaho culture, a wealthy person is one who knows many songs. Bikel is surely the wealthiest of men. With pure compassion in his heart, he shared his wealth with us and we were changed by the experience.




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evening's awards program earlier that afternoon when Theo regaled the full house with stories of his youth. Bikel was born in Vienna, into a Zionist household where he learned Hebrew even before he learned German. He recalled watching Nazi troops enter his home town as the soldiers paraded down the boulevard where he lived. Fortunately, the Bikels had the resources to escape, and Theo was able to "hit the ground running" with fluent Hebrew when they arrived in what was then Palestine. He spent his youth studying agriculture, and expected to live a life on the land until he "caught the acting bug" from a role he took in a student production. Departing for the United States, and ultimately finding fame in Hollywood, Israel was never far from his thoughts. He has returned "home" countless times, and appeared in innumerable concerts designed to benefit the Jewish state (including a series of UJA performances in 1975-76 in which he appeared as soloist with the Zamir Chorale). Part of Theo's appeal, though, has always been as a champion for human rights. He was among the first to speak out on behalf of Soviet Jewry, and was even incarcerated on one occasion for "disturbing the peace" by singing in front of the Soviet embassy. Bikel noted that he was last to be arrested because, as a policeman admitted, he was "the best singer in the group." Theo also lent his name -- and his presence -- to the civil rights movement, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel. Although Theo was only asked to speak, the singer felt the need to punctuate his stories with songs. Accompanying himself on the guitar (and at other times, accompanied by noted conductor Dr. Tamara Brooks at the piano), he sang in Yiddish, Hebrew, English

and French. When he closed the afternoon program with Edelweis, written for him when he originated the role of Baron von Trapp in Oscar Hammerstein's last musical, The Sound of Music, the audience was only too happy to sing along. But the afternoon "concert" was just a prelude of what was to come that evening. Theo returned to the stage to receive a beautiful commemorative shofar, and to hear the audience appreciatively endorse the Foundation's selection for the Hallel V'Zimrah Award. Then, the show began in earnest! Theo wowed the crowd with more solo performances, and happily welcomed a number of guests who appeared with him: Tamara Brooks at the piano; David Burger on guitar; Hazzan Yaakov Motzen, with whom he sang two brilliant duets (a Hazzndl Oyf Shabbes and Israel Schorr's famous Sheyibane Beis HaMikdash); and singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman. The assembled choral participants joined Bikel and company in singing the Russian Nye Bayussya (I Fear No One), a relic of the movement to free Soviet Jewry, and Shlomo Carlbach's Uvau HaOvdim (in an arrangement by Matthew Lazar), and provided the backup chorus for Theo's duet with Debbie of Naomi Shemer's Al Kol Eleh. Theodore Bikel gave a performance that would have tired men half his age. The depth and resonance of his singing was surely that of a much younger man, but the grace and articulateness of his unscripted story-telling belied a consummate professional with long years of experience. The North American Jewish Choral Festival community was thrilled to welcome Theodore Bikel into its midst; the Zamir Choral Foundation was proud to honor a man to whom all the praise contained in Matthew Lazar's award citation, and in the audience's standing ovation, was richly deserved.

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ikel is witty, engaging, charming and larger than life.

s it has done since 1993, the Zamir Choral Foundation offered Jewish singers in the New York metropolitan area the opportunity to spend December 25 immersed in the joys of Jewish music. Following a lively warm-up by the effervescent Cantor Faith Steinsnyder, guest conductors Natasha Hirschhorn and Zalmen Mlotek joined Maestro Matthew Lazar in leading Hanukkah-themed selections and some excerpts from the Sacred Service by Ernest Bloch, as well as several choruses from Handel's Judas Maccabeus. This year's two-hour event was again held at the JCC of Manhattan, with the capacity crowd representing singers of a variety of backgrounds, as well as eager listeners. Emory University Professor (and long-time Zamir Chorale fan) Deborah Lipstadt and her mother were among those in attendance. Following the event, Deborah shared this moving anecdote, which aptly illustrates what we all know about the power of music to bridge the generations: My mother, whose memory is failing, attended the annual Christmas day Zamir Open Sing at the JCC of Manhattan. We positioned her wheelchair so she could look up at the "audience" singing. She followed the words on the sheet music. At one point, I looked at her face, which seemed particularly intent. I asked her if she was enjoying herself and she nodded in a perfunctory fashion. Clearly she was focused on something else. When the words of Hallelujah, Amen filled the room she turned to me and, with a sweep of her hand towards the singers, she said: "In my lifetime the Jewish people in Europe used to send their children out on the street and not know if they would come back." Clearly she was referring to the Holocaust. [She is NOT a survivor.] After a moment's pause, she continued, "And now," again with a sweeping wave at the audience, "the grandchildren are singing." Then she looked at Mati, who was leading, pointed at him and, with tears in her eyes, repeated: "The grandchild is singing." May the "grandchildren" continue to sing for generations to come. ­ Deborah Lipstadt 9

Matthew Lazar Founder and Director Elie Wiesel Honorary Chairman Dr. Steven C. Lorch, President Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik, Vice President Henry Stein, Vice President Gideon Vaisman, Vice President Arline Duker, Secretary Mark Raphael, Treasurer


Cantor Nancy Abramson Dr. Gaya Aranoff Martin Aron, Esq. Elizabeth Hove Aron James Ball Dr. Abba Borowich Frederica Brooks Bobbie Sue Daitch Rabbi Daniel Freelander Temma Kingsley Cantor Nathan Lam Elena Neuman Lefkowitz Matthew J. Maryles Howard Mayer Cantor Jacob Mendelson Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi Dr. Mark Podwal Phyllis Rosen Alan Septimus Dr. Noam Shudofsky z'l Sherry Epstein Stein Dennis Waldman Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman, Administrator Vivian Lazar, HaZamir Director Amy Porter, HaZamir Administrative Assistant Debbie Berger, Executive Assistant

Audience gives standing ovation to HaZamir and its conductors at 15

his has been a banner year for the HaZamir movement. Within an eight-week period HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir performed at three major concerts. On March 16th, 2008, HaZamir presented its 15th Annual Gala Concert in Baltimore's Gordon Center For Performing Arts to a sold out house. Following a weekend retreat outside of Baltimore, the Baltimore Jewish community offered its support for HaZamir by generously opening their homes and helping to transport out of town singers to and from airports and train stations. The standing ovation that went on and on at the end of the Festival concert further demonstrated the appreciation that the audience had for the more than 200 teens who came from 18 chapters around the United States and Israel. Just two weeks later, on March 30th, HaZamir appeared as part of the Zamir Choral Foundation's Israel at 60 concert in Carnegie Hall. The breathtaking sounds that came from the HaZamir teen voices, singing by heart, gave strength to the belief that the next generation


Annual Gala Concert

Another Banner Year for HaZamir


will indeed be prepared to assume roles of leadership in the Jewish community in the future. Two weeks after Passover, HaZamir again appeared in New York City, singing at the invitation of the Annual Gathering of Survivors. This historic event is the largest convening of Holocaust survivors in North America. Not only does performing on this program offer a meaningful musical experience to our HaZamir singers, but it also offers them a valuable education about the Shoah, provided by survivors themselves. This series of performances addressed all aspects of the HaZamir mission. The teens were given a high level Jewish choral experience, presented in a pluralistic environment. In addition, HaZamir's highly structured musical, social and educational program fosters a strong Jewish identity that builds a broad foundation for future Jewish involvement among its participants.


Is produced by the Zamir Choral Foundation

Editors: Marsha Bryan Edelman Vivian Lazar Photography: Jim Ball Rachel Banai Design and Production: Joelle Silverman Miller

For further information regarding Zamir Choral Foundation projects and programs please contact us at: 475 Riverside Drive #825 New York, NY 10115 Tel: 212-870-3335 Fax: 212-870-3336 E-mail: [email protected] or visit us on the web at:

aZamir's highly structured musical, social and educational program fosters a strong Jewish identity that builds a broad foundation for future Jewish involvement among its participants


The faces of HaZamir


he standing ovation went on and on at the end of the Festival concert


With Sincere Appreciation to:

ZCF's 4th President Elected

BENEFACTORS Anonymous MAESTRO'S CIRCLE American Medical Systems, Inc. Susan & Roger Hertog Elena & Jay Lefkowitz Susanna & Dr. Steven Lorch Morton Meyerson Family Foundation Phyllis & Richard Rosen Ben & Esther Rosenbloom Foundation Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Weiler Foundation, Inc. Dr. Ruth Westheimer FOUNDER'S ASSOCIATES Anonymous Beth & Marty Aron The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore Jeffrey Braverman Jonas Ehrlich Charitable Foundation Jill & Ira Gansler Tamar & Eric Goldstein Lucius N. Littauer Foundation Al & Temma Kingsley Kirkland & Ellis, LLP Hannah Lorch Stephanie & Herbert Neuman Harold Rosenbaum Karen & Robert Spitalnick Rena & Dr. Elliot Steigman PRESIDENT'S CLUB Mark C. Biderman Sandy & Dr. Abba Borowich Fredrica Brooks Bobbie Sue Daitch & David Landau Arline Duker Lisa Gussack & Alan Septimus David & Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation, Inc. JCC of Greater Baltimore Gershon Kekst Gladys & Matthew Maryles Judith & Howard Mayer Leah Stolar Abby & Dennis Waldman LEADERSHIP CLUB Anonymous Donald Gerber Francine & Robert Immerman Linda & Jake Krieger Leslie & Andrew Lebow Barbara Portnow Levine & Alan Levine Belda & Marcel Lindenbaum Amy & William Lipsey Dr. Jill & Larry Sandberg Stephanie & Ned Siegel Robin & Rabbi Gerald Skolnik NIGHTINGALE CLUB Drs. Gaya Aranoff & Lewis Bernstein Jodi & Craig Balsam Linda & Ronald Berger Phyllis & Louis Friedman Dennis Gilbert Fred & Sandra Hittman Philanthropic Fund Nancy Kutler Ruth & Jay Lenrow Lois & Philip Macht Family Philanthropic Fund of the AJC Dinah & Andrew Mendes Carol & Melvin Newman Diana Newman & Isaac Corre Pauline & Mark Raphael Anne & Howard Recht Erica & Lew Schon Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving Sandy Shapiro Charitable Fund Herbert J. & Phyllis Siegel Family Foundation Jeanne & Louis Siegel Family Sasha Spielvogel & David Burger Marion Stein Debra & Joe Weinberg Weintraub Family Foundation Edie & Stephen Winegrad


r. Steven C. Lorch, a longtime Improvisational Technique in Jewish officer and supporter of the Music" for the Journal of Synagogue Zamir Choral Foundation, Music (Fall 2006). was elected President at the Board of Lorch's career took him out of the Directors' meeting in July, 2007. immediate sphere of Zamir activities Dr. Lorch, who serves as Founding for a number of years while he held head of the Solomon Schechter School of posts in Australia and Israel. Shortly Manhattan, began his association after his return to New York in with Zamir in 1967 when he 1997, he joined the Foundation's joined the Zamir Chorale, which Board of Directors and served as he served in both musical and Secretary until now. When managerial capacities through asked about his goals as President, 1976. Although he placed his Steven responded that "My role singing career on is first and foremost hiatus to pay closer to enable Mati to attention to his fulfill his vision y role is professional work, for the future of the first and foremost music remained an Foundation." Lorch to enable Mati to important part of his has been impressed fulfill his vision for the consciousness: his with the expansion of future of the Foundation. doctoral dissertation Foundation activities, (Teachers College, and is especially Columbia University, 1977) was titled pleased to be part of this year's "The Convergence of Jewish and impressive list of projects and programs. Western Culture as Exemplified The Zamir Choral Foundation is Through Music: Some Educational equally pleased that a man of Steven Consequences" and more recently he Lorch's many talents is playing an authored "Psychological Time and active role in its present.


DONOR'S CLUB Cantor Nancy Abramson & Mitch Glenn Gloria & Mark Bieler Beth T'filoh Congregation Vivian & C. Daniel Chill Chizuk Amuno Congregation Joan E. & I. Roy Cohen Marcia & Geoffrey Colvin Anita Diamant & Jim Ball Diane & Sion Elalouff Anita & Ed Finkel Charlotte K. Frank Rabbi Daniel Freelander Friends of Katie Cantor Rebecca Garfein Yale Gordon Foundation, Inc. Nicole & David Gruenstein Jerry Isaak-Shapiro Alice & Jacob Klein Hartley Koschitzky Herbert Kronish Emma & Cantor Sol Mendelson Herbert Nass Marla & David Orlos Jayson Rodovsky Meralee & Sidney Schlusselberg Neil Schwab Alissa & Howard Shams Robyn Shoulson Nechama Shudofsky Louis M. Solomon Radine & William Spier Ruth & Bernie Weinflash CHORUS OF CONTRIBUTORS Valerie Altman & Daniel Perla Cantor Vicki Axe Beth Israel Congregation Neil Brown Shoshanna & Theodore Comet Christine & William Erenberg Ester & Henry Glenn Lili Goldberg Shalom Greenbaum Fran & Daniel Heyman Atid & the Kimelman Family Robin & Brad Klatt Maris & Jesse Krasnow Ray & Matthew Lindenbaum Cantor Erica Lippitz Jeannette & Alfred Mahler Cantor Beny Maissner Elaine Mintzes Joyce & Roger Nussbaum Lana Oyer Charlotte & Stanley Plotnick Charlotte Rosenthal Sharon & Jonathan Sadinoff Francine & Jesse Salsberg Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller & Rabbi Les Bronstein Cantor Wayne Siet Francine Smilen Cantor Howard Stahl Joel Stern Gerald Sturman Cantor Ramon Tasat Rochelle & Abraham Tennenbaum Dr. Cheryl Horowitz Troy CIRCLE OF FRIENDS Elli & Brent Albert Merri & Ramie Arian Ben Asher Baltimore Zionist District Diane Baden Richard Bailer Edna Landau Bechhoffer Debbie & Joel Berger Janet C. Bertman Vitina Biondo & Yosef Riemer Drs. Carol & Scott Burg Phyllis Chesler Marsha & Cantor Richard Cohn Cantor Lori Corrsin Dr. Jane Davidson & Rabbi Larry Sebert Rosalind Devon Rabbi Moshe Edelman Shelly Edelstein Cynthia Ehrenkrantz Karen & David Eisner Foundation Miriam & Eric Feldstein Sheila Fishman

With a campy yawn,

HaZamir Israel performs a lullabye

In concert


meaningful musical experience

Renee & Elliot Fleischer Debbie Freedman Friends of HaZamir Baltimore Friends of Katie Paula Frome William Frost Jane & Roger Gerber Esther & Steve Graber Caroll Goldberg Susan Goldstein Hazzan Larry Goller Hilda & Douglas Goodwin Abbe Gottesman & Moshe Greenberg Dr. Linda Greenbaum & Dr. Michael Plotnick Cantor Jenna Greenberg Cantor Kat Hastings Mark J. Heller Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein Ruth Horowitz & Carl Shanholtz Leslie Jacobs Nancy Kail & Marcos Rodriguez Richard L. Kaplan Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray & F. Scott Gray Joan & Henry Katz Marion F. & Howard E. Katz Patricia & Mark Kaufman Rona & Ira Kellman Helene & Dr. Robert Knee Ruth & Daniel Krasner Fran & Jonah Kupietzky Suzette & Rabbi Harold Kushner Arthur Laufer Myrna & Jerome Lefkowitz Joan & Dr. Henry Lieberman Leora & Richard S. Linhart David Lipp Susan Lodish Benjamin Lopata Alissa & Barry Mannis Renee & Dr. Paul Mansheim Cantor Donna Faye Marcus Rena & David Maryles Dr. Saul Mednick Cantor Jacob Mendelson Simon Miller Michael A. Mitzen Paulette & Samuel Papilsky Terise & Eric Parnes Ruth & Rabbi Dan Pernick Dr. Morris Platt Molly Pollak & Phil Gassel Cantor Shayna Postman Marjorie & Thomas Pozefsky Laura & Laurence Rabinowitz Dr. Irwin Reich Rabbi Marvin Richardson Andrea & Edward Rosenbaum Nahoma & Herbert Rosenbaum Frieda & Alex Rosenberg Alan D. Rosenson Cantor Donn Rosensweig Carla Rosenthal & Alan Schwartz Joanne & Abraham Rosenthal Joyce Rosenzweig Glenna & Lenny Ross Phyllis Roth Beverly & Richard S. Rudman Hedda & Sheldon Rudoff Angela & Selig Saks Renee & Avram Schreiber Cantor Rena Shapiro Linda Sibell Randi Spiegel Barry Stein Dana Stein Gena Stern Rabbi Susan Stone Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn Sandy Sudberg Arthur Sugarman Jane Susswein Marian & Aaron Tennenbein Sondra & Mark Tuckfelt Norma Weinstein Deborah Weisfuse & Robert Lipner Rachel Wetstein & Daniel Tunkel Bettina V. Weil Aaron Weitz Robert Winegrad Mara & Dr. Randall Winn Ester & Howard Wolf Richard Woodrow Judy Zendell & Wayne Groh Julie Zimmerman


Good Welfare

Mazal Tov to

Zamir Board Member Dr. Gaya Aranoff (Zamir Chorale, 1967 ­ 1971) and her husband, Dr. Lewis Bernstein (Zamir Chorale, 1966 ­ 1971) on the marriage of their daughter, Kyra, to Dov Sebrow David Berger (Zamir Chorale, 2001 ­ ) on his engagement to Dror Chankin-Gould Zamir Board Member Bobbie Sue Daitch (Zamir Chorale, 1982 ­ ) and her husband, David Landau, on the bar mitzvah of their son, Effie, and to his two sisters, Sarah Sue and Sophie Lee, who sing in HaZamir Rochelle and Cantor Mayer Davis (Zamir Chorale, 1966 ­ 70) on the birth of a grandson Zamir Administrator Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman (Zamir Chorale, 1971 ­ ) and her husband, Herb, on the forthcoming marriage of their son, Rafi (HaZamir Philadelphia, 1998 ­ 2002) to Russi Taubes Natasha Hirschhorn and her husband, Shimon, on the birth of their daughter, Naomi Alan Iny (Zamir Chorale, 2000 ­ ) on his marriage to Roberta Griff Muriel Jorgenson (Zamir Chorale, 1998 ­ ) on the birth of her grandson, Jordan Ezra Zamir Choral Foundation Board Member Elena (Zamir Chorale, 2005 ­ ) and Jay Lefkowitz on the bat mitzvah of their daughter, Dani Sara Lipsey and Yuval Brokman, both alumni of HaZamir NJ, on their engagement Shari Lorch (Zamir Chorale, 1972 ­ 76) on the marriage of her son Join for free at: Zamir Choral Foundation President Dr. Steven C. Lorch (Zamir Chorale, 1967 ­ 76) on the marriage of his son Michael and Cantor Shayna Smith Postman (Zamir Chorale, 1999 ­ 2004) on the birth of their daughter, Adina Bayla Zamir Board Member Phyllis Rosen and her husband, Richard, on the birth of a granddaughter, their tenth grandchild Sharon and Jonathan Sadinoff (Zamir Chorale 2007 ­ ) on the birth of their daughter Nechi Shudofsky on the marriage of her grandson, Eytan Shalev Stanley Sperber (Founder, Zamir Chorale, 1960 ­ 1971) on the birth of a second grandchild, born to his son and daughter-in-law, Noam and Etti Cantor Elizabeth Stevens (Zamir Chorale, 2000 ­ ) on her marriage to Mark Popovsky Abby and Zamir Choral Foundation Board Member Dennis Waldman, and Janet (Zamir Chorale 1969 ­ 74) and Ronald Goldman on the birth of their granddaughter, Eliana Mollie to their children, Deena and Hillel Goldman

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We extend our heartfelt condolences to

Zamir Board Member Marty Aron (Zamir Chorale, 1980 ­ ) on the passing of his father, Samuel Aron Jeffrey Braverman on the passing of his wife, Laura James Cleeman (Zamir Chorale, 1964 ­ 69) on the passing of his father Zamir Board Member Bobbie Sue Daitch on the passing of her father, Joseph Daitch Josh Isaacson (Zamir Chorale 1982 ­ 1992) on the passing of his father and his mother Michael Levy (Zamir Chorale, 1968 ­ 72) on the passing of his mother Zamir Board Member, Cantor Jack Mendelson on the passing of his sister, Shirley Anna Ott (Director of HaZamir New Brunswick) on the passing of her mother Odette Rosen (HaZamir Long Island coordinator) on the passing of her brother Zamir Board Member Alan Septimus on the passing of his sister, Irene May all be comforted among the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem.

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It is with great sadness that we mark the untimely passing of one of the original members and the first president of Kol Zimrah of Chicago, Judi Wodika. Her exuberant presence and her enduring spirit will be missed by the members of Kol Zimrah and by the Jewish musical community of Chicago and beyond. May her memory be a blessing.



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