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Kol Zimrah

Kol Zimrah

Mixed Voice Jewish Chorus

Based in Chicago, IL

What makes Kol Zimrah uniquely Jewish is how we have blended the many strands of Jewish life in the Chicago area. We have negotiated various issues of halachic balance: a respect for Shabbat around the timing of commitments on Saturday night in support of individual practice, deference to the customs of the synagogues we visit, and a common comfort level around head coverings and issues of pronouncing words associated with the name of God.

Kol Zimrah has made a significant impact on the Jewish musical scene in Chicago and nationally. Our music is always greeted with enthusiasm by those who come to listen. Our supporters are not only lay people but cantors and other Jewish musical professionals, some of whom have participated as volunteers in the ensemble.

After a concert, it is not uncommon to be approached by an individual with tears in their eyes: they had never been so moved by or taken such pride in Jewish music, they were overcome by the experience of a large Jewish choir, or they sensed the transmission of sacred text, spiritual insight, and a treasured inheritance from generations past, all conveyed through the medium of singing.

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