In celebration of the Zamir Chorale of Boston's 50th season, we created a first-ever international Jewish virtual choir of Louis Lewandowski’s “Halleluyoh.” With 150 participants from all over the world, we hope that this production will inspire and expose countless music lovers to 19th-century German synagogue music, in general, and in particular, the famous German Jewish composer.


Why a Halleluyoh Virtual Choir?
By Joshua Jacobson

Love makes the music immortal!

You know who Louis Lewandowski was—the great composer and music director at the New Synagogue in Berlin in the second half of the 19th century, the composer of liturgical classics such as Mah Tovu, Enosh, Halleluyoh, Zocharti Loch, Lecho Dodi, Ki Vonu Vocharto (the tune we still sing for Friday night Kiddush), and so much more.

On Lewandowski’s grave is the inscription “Love Makes the Song Immortal.” We’re on a campaign to ensure that Lewandowski’s music will not die, that it will be performed more and more, rediscovered by Jewish choruses and synagogue choirs. But even more significantly, we want this music to be recognized by all for its greatness so that it can stand proudly alongside the music of his Christian contemporaries in general programs of great choral music.

So we have embarked on a project that aims to virtually bring together hundreds of singers from around the globe, all singing Lewandowski’s greatest anthem, his setting of Psalm 150, Halleluyoh. Our team of professional editors is assembling the video recordings that people have sent in to create this virtual choir. It will be blended with historical pictures of Lewandowski and his synagogue. It will tell the story in a most compelling way. Lewandowski’s music will be immortal. And the final product will be featured on YouTube and sent to conductors of all kinds of choirs throughout the United States and beyond.

Won’t you join us? We are asking conductors to share the enthusiasm with their singers. We are asking singers to sit in front of their computers and record themselves singing their part to Lewandowski’s Halleluyoh, and then to send that video recording to our editors. There are step-by-step instructions to make it doable even for those of us who are technologically challenged.

We hope to see you on the screen.


The Zamir Chorale of Boston thanks its 50th anniversary sponsors, leadership committee, virtual choir participants and StormPort Productions for making this project a reality.

Joshua Jacobson, Artistic Director
Edwin Swanborn, Organist

International Cast of Singers      
Nancy Abramson – New York, NY
Anna Adler – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Karla Allan – Boston, MA – Koleinu, Boston’s Jewish Community Choir
Luca Antonucci – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Larisa Averbakh – Northfield, NJ
Vicki Axe – Stamford, CT
Ruth Ball – Charlottesville, VA
Betty Bauman – Quincy, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Jennifer Benrey – Miami Beach, FL
Robert Bergman – Cupertino, CA – Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley – Mt. View CA
Mitchell Bloom – New York, NY
Joyce Bohnen – Newton, MA
Sarah Boling – Newton, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Abba E. Borowich – Jerusalem, Israel
Jennifer Boyle – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Barry Brian – Walnut Creek, CA – Rossmoor Jewish Community Chorus, Congregation B’nai Tikveh Choir
Vera Broekhuysen – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Peter Bronk – Newton, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Neil Brown – Altadena, CA – Kol HaEmek
Sharon Brown-Goldstein – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
David Burns – Brookline, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Judy Campbell – Sydney, NSW, Australia – North Shore Temple Emanuel
Joel Caplan – Caldwell, NJ
Don Cashman – Albany, NY – Ne’imah
Moshe Cohen – Raanana, Sharon, Israel – The Eitz Chaim Choir Raanana
Steve Cohen – Larchmont, NY – Zamir Chorale
Gerald Cohen – Yonkers, NY
Shimmy Cohen – New City, NY
Robin Cooper – Maale Adumim, Israel
Simon Costa – Sydney, NSW, Australia – North Shore Temple Emanuel
Bobbie Sue Daitch – New York, NY – Zamir Chorale
Dov Daniel – Efrat, Israel
Janis Daniels Klein – Teaneck, NJ – Zamir Chorale
Joel Davidson – Quincy, MA – Koleinu
Rafał Dobrowolski – Kraków, Małopolskie, Poland – Insieme
Steve Ebstein – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Johanna Ehrmann – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Matthew Eilenberg – Brooklyn, NY
Avraham Eisen – New York, NY – The Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus
Miriam Eisenstein – Chevy Chase, MD
Barbara Ellberger – Livingston, NJ
Ronald Fischler – Phoenix, AZ – Temple Chai Phoenix
David Fishman – New York, NY
Renee Fleischer – Great Neck, NY – Na’aleh Women’s Ensemble
Ronda Garber Jacobson – Newton, MA
Susan Bamel Glickman – Newton, MA – Temple Beth Avodah Chorus
Suzanne Goldman – Newton, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Larry Goller – Roslyn, NY
Ira Goodman – Hackensack, NJ – Reform Temple of Rockland
Steve Gray – Kibbutz Hannaton, Emek Yizrael, Israel
Jenna Greenberg – Dayton, OH – Dayton Jewish Chorale
Stefanie Greene – Chicago, IL
Ed Grossman – Bethesda, MD
Charles Hollander – Cambridge, MA
Jennifer Horowitz – New York, NY
Shirley Hurwitz – Lexington, MA
Marcia Jacobs Shulman – Teaneck, NJ
Caspar James – Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany – Synagogue Pestalozzistrasse
Leila Joy Rosenthal – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Jack Kahn – Miami, FL
Brian Kalver – Morristown, NJ
Hal Katzman – Newton, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Ryna Kedar – Ra’anana, Israel – Kfar Saba Chamber Choir, Aharon Harlap
Ellen Keith – Medway, MA – the Choir of Temple Etz Chaim, Franklin MA
Michael Krause-Grosman – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Abby Landzberg – Newton, MA – Kol Emanuel of Temple Emanuel
Devin Lawrence – Newton, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Pauline Lazarus – St Ives, New South Wales, Australia – North Shore Temple Emanuel
Lee Learman – Boca Raton, FL
Sheldon Levin – Metuchen, NJ
Elliot Z. Levine – Riverside, CA
Anne Levy – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Riki Lippitz – South Orange, NJ
Susan Lodish – Wynnewood, PA
Richard Lustig – Needham, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Beny Maissner – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Holy Blossom Temple Singers, Lachan
Rena Finkelstein Markowitz – Maale Adumim, Israel
Renee Marlin-Bennett – Baltimore, MD – Kol Rinah
Kevin Martin – Shrewsbury, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Carol Marton – Boston, MA – Koleinu
Molly May – Pittsburgh, PA
Deborah Melkin – Somerville, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Ely Merenstein – Denver, CO – Colorado College Choir and Chamber Chorus
Rachel Miller – Needham, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Michael Miller – Needham, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Ira Miller – Cherry Hill, NJ
Sarah Myerson – Bellmore, NY
Daniel Nesson – Newton, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Marilyn Okoshi – Demarest, NJ – Shirah, The Community Chorus on the Palisades
Marty Oppenheimer – Newton, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Charles Osborne – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Anna Ott – East Brunswick, NJ
Nick Page – Melrose, MA – Mystic Chorale
Ruth Pernick – Nanuet, NY – Kol Rinah
Judy Pike – Natick, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Alisa Pomerantz-Boro – Voorhees, NJ – Congregation Beth El
Helene Raush – Cherry Hill, NJ – Beth El Adult Choir, Voorhees, NJ
Judy Rosenfeld – Seattle, WA
Rachel Rosenman – Seattle, WA- Seattle Jewish Chorale
Shiri Rosenstein – Seattle, WA
James Rosenzweig – Chestnut Hill, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Peggy Ruder – Bradenton, FL – Temple Beth Israel, Longboat Key
Richard Samuels – Cambridge, MA – Boston Choral Ensemble
Larry Sandberg – Sharon, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Jill Sandberg – Sharon, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Nancy Sargon – Newton, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Harriet Schabes – Queens, NY – Kol Ram – Ramaz Adult Community Chorus
Sandi Schafer – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Gilbert Schiffer – Sharon, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Benjie Schiller – White Plains, NY – Shirat Haam
Rachel Seliber – Natick, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Rachel Seligson – Stamford, CT
Elyse Seltzer – West Roxbury, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Daniel Seltzer – West Roxbury, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Elizabeth Shapiro – Owings Mills, MD – Kol Rinah and Beth Israel Congregation
Leon Sher – Cherry Hill, NJ – Beth El Adult Choir of Congregation Beth El, & HaZamir South Jersey
Sharon Shore – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Robyn Shoulson – West Orange, NJ
Arlene Silikovitz – West Orange, NJ
Bruce Silver – Mount Laurel, NJ – Beth El Choir, Cherry Hill
Anna K. Silverman – New York, NY
Susan Silvers – Stamford, CT
Rachel Slusky – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Tamar Smith – Fair Lawn, NJ
Joe Smith – Fair Lawn, NJ
Linda Soha – Wallingford, CT
Marcia Solkoff Eskin – West Orange, NJ
Mark Somerstein – New York, NY
Deborah Sosin – Boston, MA
Marcia Spellman – Sharon, MA – Kol Arev of Hebrew College
Judie Spicker – Mount Holly, NJ – Sharim V’Sharot
Murray Spiegel – Roseland, NJ – Kol Dodi and Harmonium
Randi Spiegel – Roseland, NJ – Kol Dodi and Harmonium
Elliot Steigman – Teaneck, NJ
Ilana Steinberg – Denver, CO – Kolot Teshuvah at Congregation Rodef Shalom
Mark Stepner – Newtonville, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Alan Teperow – Newton, MA – Koleinu
Jon Tepper – Newton, MA
Gail Terman – Watertown, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Bill Torodor – Minneapolis, MN
Louise Treitman – Lexington, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Joanna Trociuk-Dobrowolska – Kraków, Małopolskie, Poland – Insieme
Michael Victor – Newton, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Heather Viola – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Carol Kozak Ward – Denver, CO – Colorado Hebrew Chorale
Seth Ward – Denver, CO – Colorado Hebrew Chorale
Shawn Weil – Melrose, MA
Sally Weiner – Westwood, MA – Koleinu
Kayla Werlin – Hadley, MA
Phyllis Werlin – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Charna Westervelt – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Phyllis Wilner – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Jim Winston – Brookline, MA – Koleinu
Benjamin Wolf – London, United Kingdom – Zemel Choir
Deborah Wollner – Waltham, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Jessica Woolf – Cambridge, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Nancy Wright – Boston, MA
Richard Yospin – Boston, MA – Zamir Chorale of Boston
Joshua Youdovin – Jersey City, NJ – Congregation Bet Haverim, Atlanta
Shanna Zell – Wellesley, MA
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Sponsors ($5,000+)

The Adelson Family Foundation

Anonymous (4)

The Beker Foundation

Joyce and Michael Bohnen

Susan Axe-Bronk and Peter Bronk

The Harold and Evelyn R. Davis Memorial Foundation

Nancy and Peter Finn

Linda and Michael Frieze

Ronda and Joshua Jacobson

Linda and Jake Kriger

Leila Joy Rosenthal

Loren and James Rosenzweig

Jill and Lawrence Sandberg

Jill and Gilbert Schiffer

Myra and Robert Snyder

Leadership Committee

Joyce and Michael Bohnen, Chairs

Nancy and Peter Finn, Cochairs

Myra and Robert Snyder, Cochairs

Gilbert Schiffer, Chair, Board of Directors

Joshua Jacobson, Artistic Director

Barbara Gaffin, Managing Director

Virtual Choir Team

Barbara Gaffin

Joshua Jacobson

Eli Katzoff

Ari Manin

Larry Sandberg