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Kolot Nashim: Jewish Music by Women Composers - Part II

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The Zamir Chorale of Boston presents a virtual concert and converstion by and with women composers, songwriters and lyricists.

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For many centuries, the world of professional music making had been an exclusively male bastion in Western civilization. Female composers and public performers were a rarity in Europe and America, and it was nearly impossible for them to have their works published or heard on concert stages. Kol ishah – the voice of a woman – was suppressed. Now we are presenting kolot nashim – the voices of many women, restoring them to their deserved position.

“Kolot Nashim,” a year-long program celebrating the many roles of women in Jewish music, is dedicated to the memory of Linda Plaut, the City of Newton’s longtime Director of Cultural Affairs and founder of the Newton Festival of the Arts. Part I, which was held in November (watch here), was hosted by Josh Jacobson and Lidiya Yankovskaya. The event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote and paid tribute to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Part II of “Kolot Nashim” is hosted by Josh Jacobson and Amy Lieberman and includes interviews with composers Benjie Ellen Schiller, with a performance of her “Harninu” (Psalm 81); Elena Kats-Chernin (Sydney, Australia), with a US premiere performance of her Psalm 23; and Kirsten and Ken Lampl (Canberra, Australia), with a performance of their “Dirshu.”

Also featured:

  • A discussion about Naomi Shemer and performance of her “Shirat Hasavim.”
  • An interview with Achinoam Nini (aka Noa), with a new performance of her and Mira Awad's “There Must Be Another Way.”

While we are not charging for this event, we hope that you will consider being our partner by investing in the future of Jewish music. Join us in ensuring that Zamir continues to be a vibrant voice in the presentation, preservation, and perpetuation of Jewish culture.

Thank you to our sponsors:


Robert and Myra Snyder


The Beker Foundation

Joyce and Michael Bohnen

Combined Jewish Philanthropies

The Harold and Evelyn R. Davis Memorial Foundation

Josh and Ronda Jacobson

Julie Plaut Mahoney

Jonathan Plaut

Gilbert and Jill Schiffer

Temple Reyim, Newton, MA


Consulate General of Israel to New England

Bruce and Mady Donoff

The Family of Rabbi H. Bruce Ehrmann, in loving memory

Marcia Solkoff Eskin

Elyse and Sanford Friedman

David Harris

Cantor Erica Lippitz

Newton Cultural Council

Additional information on Zamir's website.

Please note that a link to the event will be sent on May 24 to those who preregister. Contact manager@zamir.org if you have a problem.

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