Zamir Choral Foundation

HaZamir brings together teens and young adults who connect Jewishly through music, highest quality choral singing, Jewish text study, and the building of an accepting, nurturing, pluralistic community of American and Israeli peers who together perpetuate a notable and vital Jewish cultural heritage.
Location: New York , NY
Year founded: 1986


The Zamir Choral Foundation, the parent organization of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, promotes excellence in Jewish choral music and engages teens and adults in Jewish choral singing in order to inspire Jewish life, culture, leadership, and the strengthening of Jewish community. HaZamir is an expanding network of more than 450 Jewish teen choral singers who meet weekly in 26 cities across the U.S. and Israel to prepare and perform high-level Jewish choral music. HaZamir’s mission is to perform at the highest level of artistic excellence; strengthen the Jewish identity of HaZamir teen participants through Jewish experiences and text learning; build a pluralistic community; facilitate leadership skills; and create strong ties to Israel. A growing cohort of HaZamir alumni form the core of a new young adult choir in NYC and continue to participate in other Zamir activities such as the annual North American Jewish Choral Festival. Recent surveys of participants show that for a significant number, HaZamir is their only Jewish activity and one of the very few places they can meet other Jewish teens or young adults. With a waiting list of US and Israeli cities seeking to establish chapters, HaZamir is seeking support to create more teen chapters and young adult choirs, build out its international Teen Leadership program, train the next generation of Jewish choral conductors, and create more HaZamir regional programming and performance opportunities to enrich the cultural experience of the broader Jewish community.

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