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SHIRAH Now in its 24th Year


SHIRAH was formed in January 1995 with the generous support of its founding patrons, Bernard and Ruth Weinflash z"l as a regional chorus specializing in the performance of the full spectrum of Jewish music.  Sponsored by the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades/Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, New Jersey, its roster includes a multigenerational blend of professional and amateur singers from northern New Jersey, Rockland County, and the New York metropolitan area. SHIRAH performs regularly at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, and has been featured in many concerts in the U.S. and Israel, including at Avery Fisher Hall, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the John Harms Theatre, and the Colden Center, featuring the world premiere of “This Scroll” by Dov Selzer with the Queens Symphony.  SHIRAH also performs annually at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, the North Bergen Yom Hashoa event, and was featured in the opening ceremonies of the JCC Maccabi Games at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford.  SHIRAH recorded its first CD in honor of its tenth anniversary and will soon be releasing its second CD.



SHIRAH is supported, in part, by the Ethel and Irving Plutzer Fund for the Shirah Choir, the Bernie and Ruth Weinflash Shirah Fund in Tribute to Matthew Lazar, and the Rhoda Toonkel Fund for the Shirah Choir.  If you would like to make a donation to one of these funds, or establish an endowment fund for the benefit of SHIRAH, please contact Danny Rocke at 201-408-1402.

SHIRAH’s performances are also supported, in part, by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Thurnauer School of Music

The Thurnauer School of Music, directed by Dorothy Kaplan Roffman, is the community music school of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades.  Founded in 1984, the school offers a comprehensive music education - from pre-school through adulthood - including eurhythmics, instrumental and voice instruction, musicianship, chamber music, chorus, jazz, and orchestral ensemble to more than 450 students.  The school presentsmore than 30 concerts a season and has an extensive decade-long partnership with the Englewood Public Schools that reaches nearly 250 students.

Thurnauer School of Music

411 East Clinton Ave.

Tenafly, New Jersey 07670



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