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SAR HS Kol Kaveret Choir Performs

SAR High School’s choir, Kol Kaveret, recently took part in the Kolot Hayam Festival, an event dedicated to Jewish high school choirs nationwide. Held from May 31 to June 2 at the Sheraton of Eatontown in New Jersey, the festival brought together students for a memorable weekend of music, learning, and community building.

Since its inception in 2010, Kolot Hayam has been a gathering point for young Jewish singers. Sponsored and nurtured by Golda Och Academy and directed by Jamie Mittleman, the festival offers a rich program that includes workshops, harmonious Shabbat services, group songs, a main competition, and critiques. It’s a space where students can enhance their musical talents, gain knowledge, and create lasting friendships.

Kol Kaveret participated in a series of workshops led by members of Six13 and BerKalit, the Berklee School of Music’s Jewish a cappella group. These sessions provided invaluable insights and techniques that the students eagerly absorbed. The weekend also featured beautiful and musical tefillah services, a remarkable Havdala, and spirited zemirot, adding to the spiritual and musical richness of the event.

In addition to SAR High School, the festival included choirs from Yeshivah of Flatbush, The Abraham Joshua Heschel School and Golda Och Academy. A highlight of the festival was the Café Kolot on Saturday night, where individuals and small groups performed their choice of music, fostering a sense of community and mutual appreciation among the participants.

“Kol Kaveret’s dedication and enthusiasm were evident throughout the festival,” said Choir Director Rabbi Kenny Birnbaum. “They not only impressed during the main competition but also embraced the opportunity to learn from and connect with their peers. The weekend was a testament to the power of music in bringing people together and building community. The students returned with enhanced musical skills, cherished memories, and strengthened bonds within the Jewish musical community.”

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