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Special Yom Yerushalayim Concert Celebrates Jewish Community and Music

new_concertThis Yom Yerushalayim, the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale (LAZC) comes to Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Tustin, California, for the first time for a musical celebration of the City of Jerusalem. The concert is open to the community and will celebrate the holiday with Jewish music.

“We are really excited about this concert,” says CBI Executive Director Sandy Klein. “We have a terrific partnership with other synagogues and agencies in the area, including the Jewish Federation and Family Services, for this event.”

The LAZC has made a notable impact in the Jewish community since its founding in 1997. At that time, there were three Jewish community choirs in Los Angeles, and the idea came up to sing together in the World Congress of Choirs that happens every three years in Israel. It was for this event that acclaimed composer, conductor, scholar and author Nick Strimple was brought in. “Everybody thought they were just going to go to Israel and sing and that would be the end of it,” he says. “Everybody had such a good time that they wanted to keep the choir together.” The rest, as they say, is history.

The Los Angeles-based group has performed throughout Southern California as well as internationally in Israel, Germany and the Czech Republic, with notable performances at Prague Castle and with the Nuremberg Symphony at Meistersinger Halle in Nuremberg.

CBI member Judy Fenton is a charter member of the chorale. “Singing in the choir has really stretched my skills and improved my musicality and my voice,” she notes. “Singing keeps me healthy and mentally alert. Being in the choir has seen me though some difficult times in my life. I feel so privileged to be a part of this group.”

The upcoming Yom Yerushalayim concert will feature a number of pieces about Jerusalem, including some Hallel Psalm selections and a sing-along to Jerusalem of Gold. Other special arrangements include “Anu Olim Artza,” a Zionist piece meaning “We Will Go Up to the Land.” This arrangement was made in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943. Today, when this song is sung in Israel, it is sung in the past tense, “We Have Come Up to the Land.”

Over the past 18 years, LAZC has grown to 55 members. But numbers aren’t the only measure of growth. “I like the people,” Strimple says. “They are very dedicated to the organization, and they get better every year. They are singing better now than they ever have before.”



Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Congregation B’nai Israel
2111 Bryan Avenue
Tustin, CA 92782

View the press release here.




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