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and Kol Nashim, the women's choir of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale
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February 2017

In this issue:
Sing Out for SafeHouse - Kol Nashim's collaborative concert
Save the Dates

Kol Nashim Repertoire Spotlight: Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen (Rainsins with Almonds)

NOTES Campaign update



In recognition of International Women’s Month, Kol Nashim will join with Fourteeners, the The Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir’s select women’s choir, and Impromptu, a community women's choir founded with the goal of bringing women together through choral music, to present Sing out for SafeHouse!, a benefit concert on behalf of SafeHouse Denver, Inc.

SafeHouse serves victims of domestic violence and their children through both an emergency shelter and a non-residential Counseling and Advocacy Center. All of the adults, children and youth who come to SafeHouse Denver have access to a full range of bilingual programming, including individual counseling, group sessions, advocacy and safety planning.

When the singers take the stage on March 19, 2017, NINETY women, ages 13 to 80, will raise their voices in support of the challenges facing battered women and children.

The theme for the concert is empowerment of women, and all the musical selections will reflect that theme. The concert will feature the world premiere of a newly composed piece "Mother Earth", by Denver composer Mercedes Campana, specifically commissioned for this concert.
See below for more information on Kol Nashim's repertoire for the concert.

Sing Out for SafeHouse

Preview Informance 
featuring a Q&A session with SafeHouse Denver representative Shannon Boltz and a first look and listen to Mercedes Campana's "Mother Earth".

Sunday, March 5, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Denver CO

RSVP required

Informance venue supplied with RSVP


Sing out for SafeHouse!

Sunday, March 19, 2017
4:00 p.m.
3600 South Ivanhoe
Denver, CO 80237

Click Here to pre-purchase tickets or make a donation.
100% of box office receipts will be passed on to
SafeHouse Denver, Inc

Youth and Families:
NEW socks of any size are accepted at the door,
in lieu of a cash donation

for more information:
(303) 766 5324

Save the Dates

Following the success of its September, 2016 program, “Just in time for Rosh HaShanah!”, the Colorado Hebrew Chorale presents “Just in time for Passover!”, happening a few days before Pesach.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
6 p.m.
Kavod Senior Life 
22 South Adams Street
Denver CO 80209.
Free and open to the public.


The Colorado Hebrew Chorale is honored to once again participate in the Jack Goldman annual Yom HaShoah/ Holocaust Remembrance Day program of the Hebrew Educational Alliance.

This year’s tribute, “Lest We Forget” focuses on objects such as letters and diaries shared by local survivors, and interviews of grandparents and grandchildren.
“Lest We Forget”  
Thursday evening, April 27, 2017,
6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.


Kol Nashim
Reperoire Spotlight

On March 19, 2017 at the Sing Out for SafeHouse! concert, Kol Nashim will sing a set of lullabies: Rozhinkes mit Mandlen by Avrom Goldfaden (1840–1908), Dona, Dona by Shalom Seconda (1894-1974)  and Layla Tov, by Yoni Rechter (b.1951). Each of the songs presents a different perspective on the songs mothers sing their children before bed.
Playwright, theatre director, poet and impresario Abraham Goldfaden, is widely considered to be the “Father of Yiddish Theater.” His many plays provided commentary on, and insight into life of Eastern European Jewry of the late 19th century. 

Many of Goldfaden’s songs, including Rozhinkes mit Mandlen, became part of folk culture during his lifetime. Composed in 1880, as part of his opera Shulamis, the lullaby depicts a widowed mother, sitting in a dark corner of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, rocking her child to sleep while singing a lullaby about a goat predicting the baby’s future.

The beautiful melody and words can be understood as a metaphor for the exile of the Jewish people, while the symbolism of a dead father, the ancient ruins and the sacrificial kid, all served as inspiration for Holocaust period lullabies.

Click Here to hear Israeli artist Chava Alberstein singing the haunting tune. Kol Nashim will be presenting an arrangement for choir by Wendy Bross Stuart of Vancouver, British Columbia.

December 2016 marked the second year of the NOTES fund-raising campaign. Both the Colorado Hebrew Chorale and Kol Nashim are grateful to the donors listed below, whose generosity will enable both choirs to continue providing distinctive musical programming throughout Colorado.

Click Here if you would like to contribute to the NOTES campaign. 

The Bain Family Foundation
Tom and Diane Berl
Paul and Marilyn Bogan
Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
Evelyn and Morey Cohen
Gregg Davis
Karen Diamond
Fred Karp
Jeff and Cathy Kozak
Trudi and Stu Linas
Estelle Nadel
Leah and Jeff Peer
Michal Peer
Jeff Raizen
Alex and Frieda Rosenberg
Anne Wattenberg
Eileen Yager, M.D.
Barbara Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Lola Zussman

In Honor of Barbara Zimmerman's 70th Birthday:
Shelly Cohen
Sherrie Davidson
Nora Schrutt

In Appreciation of Sheila Hyatt:
Bonnie Kossoff
Seth and Carol Ward

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Preserving, promoting and celebrating the Jewish experience through song, by performing with and for diverse audiences.
Thanks to our donors:

The Ralph L. and Florence R Burgess Trust

The Kerr Foundation

The Rea Charitable Trust


Colorado Hebrew Chorale
Regular Rehearsals
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Hebrew Educational Alliance
3600 South Ivanhoe Street
Denver, Co, 80237

Accepting qualified singers in all voice parts.
No knowledge of Hebrew necessary.

For more information
Contact Carol Kozak Ward
Music Director
Tel (303) 355-0232


Kol Nashim Women's Choir
Regular Rehearsals
5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
Hebrew Educational Alliance
3600 South Ivanhoe Street
Denver, CO 80237

For More Information
Contact Leah Peer
Music Director
Tel (303) 766 -5324


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