Wednesday, December 2, 2015



Shirah Concert 2014-12-14 (6)


WHEN: Sunday, December 6, 2:00 pm
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades’ Eric Brown Theater, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
TICKETS: $20 and $16 for JCC members. To purchase tickets, go to, call 201-408-1465, or visit the JCC’s front desk.

The SHIRAH Community Chorus on the Palisades, led by Matthew Lazar, founding director, and Marsha Bryan Edelman, associate conductor, will perform its 22nd annual Chanukah Concert. The program will feature celebratory songs from the Jewish choral tradition in Hebrew, English, and Yiddish.  Tickets are

“What better way to celebrate our heritage, Israel and Chanukah than through the joy of hearing the music and lyrics of our people?” says Mr. Lazar.

The chorus is supported by founders Bernie (z”l) and Ruth (z”l) Weinflash and their SHIRAH Endowment Fund in tribute to Matthew Lazar; the Ethel and Irving Plutzer Endowment for the SHIRAH Choir; and the Rhoda Toonkel Endowment for the SHIRAH Choir and donations from supporters.

About the SHIRAH Community Chorus on the Palisades
SHIRAH was created in 1994 by Matthew Lazar, who founded and directs the Zamir Choral Foundation in New York. Lazar also created the acclaimed North American Jewish Choral Festival, now in its 25th year, as well as HaZamir: the International High School Jewish Choir Movement, with chapters throughout the United States and Israel. SHIRAH combines the openness of a no-audition choir with the excellence and precise interpretation that are the hallmark of ensembles conducted by Lazar. A project of the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, SHIRAH brings together singers from across the Jewish denominational spectrum to perform the great choral works of the Jewish experience. SHIRAH has been featured in concerts in the United States and Israel, including Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center), the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Bergen Performing Arts Center, and more. It also performs annually at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and at synagogue concerts throughout the tri-state area.

About the JCC Thurnauer School of Music
The JCC Thurnauer School of Music has been named a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Serving over 400 students from infancy through adulthood, it offers a comprehensive program similar to the finest pre-college conservatories. The Thurnauer experience includes instrumental lessons, ensembles, and classes, master classes with world-renowned artists; a chamber music series; faculty recitals; and frequent student performances. It is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and received an award for “excellence and high standards” from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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