A Monthly Newsletter from the Colorado Hebrew Chorale
and Kol Nashim, the women's choir of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale
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May 2016

Sholem Aleichem
in Story and Song:
Celebrating the
100th Yahrtzeit of
Sholem Aleichem


As the beloved and much-revived musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” plays on Broadway, the Colorado Hebrew Chorale  presents a local celebration honoring the legacy of famed Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem. (1859-1916). L'Chaim!

Wednesday, May 18 2016
6:30 p.m.
Sam Gary Branch
Denver Public Library

2961 Roslyn Street
Denver, CO 80238

Featuring story teller

Albert Banker

Known primarily for his writings, which go well beyond his most familiar characters, Tevye the milkman, and his daughters, Sholem Aleichem requested that on the anniversary of his death (in Yiddish, Yahrtzeit) people gather to share his joyous stories.

“On such a monumental anniversary, we could not resist putting together a public program to honor the life of a man who, through his stories, successfully buttressed the Jewish shtetl life with universal and timeless themes of the human condition,” said Carol Kozak Ward, Chorale Founder and Music Director.

Sholem Aleichem (né Sholom Rabinowitz) is most notable for the naturalness of his characters’ speech, and the accuracy of his descriptions of small Central and Eastern European towns where large Jewish populations existed prior to the Holocaust.

Rabinowitz adopted the pen name Sholem Aleichem at age 15. In Hebrew, shalom aleichem is a greeting that means “peace be with you.” It is also a theme prevalent in Sholem Aleichem’s light and lively writing, exemplified by his words:

“No matter how bad things get,
you’ve got to go on living -
even if it kills you!”


Free and Open to the Public!


    Woman to Woman 2016


Each spring Kol Nashim, the women’s choir of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, presents two benefit concerts on behalf of Woman to Woman, the Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women.
100% of funds collected for admission will be hand delivered to the Jerusalem Shelter Director Naomi Schneiderman, by Kol Nashim Music Director and Founder, Leah Peer.
Monies raised by the Woman to Woman 2015” concerts helped provide:
  • rich and varied holiday meals at Passover
  • subsidized gift certificates for each woman resident 
  • holiday outings and family activities
These activities are part of the shelter’s effort to provide the women and children successful and enjoyable experiences. 

Click here for more about how your donation helps make a difference in the well being of battered Israeli women and children from all walks of life.

If you cannot join us at either event, please consider making a donation in support of this essential organization.

Sunday, May 22, 2016
4 p.m.
Congregation Beth Evergreen
2981 Bergen Peak Drive
Evergreen CO 80439


Rabbi Jamie Arnold

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
7 p.m.
Temple Sinai
3509 South Glencoe Street
Denver CO 80237


Cantor Sheila Nesis

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$18 minimum donation requested

Kol Nashim in
Colorado Springs

In our final concert of the season, Kol Nashim  performs for the first time in Colorado Springs.
Join us for A Taste of Jewish Music
an eclectic selection of Jewish music
From the Bimah to Broadway!
Friday June 3, 2016
4 p.m.
The Broadmoor Hotel
Pauline Chapel, 2 Park Avenue, Colorado Springs


Kol Nashim

Singer of the Month


Marilyn Bogan

I have always loved to sing, and now I realize how important music is in my life.

I sang in all the choirs and musicals in high school. I always liked to sing with the children when I was teaching preschool, which I did for many years, and with our own three children when they were growing up.

I joined Kol Nashim when it began three years ago. There were five of us then, and now there are 17 – a lot of fun with more singers! I have learned so much from our director, Leah Peer. She makes it educational, challenging, and so enjoyable.

I also sing with Shir Rodef, an instrumental and vocal ensemble providing new tunes at Congregation Rodef Shalom, and last August I joined the Cherry Creek Chorale - 130 women and men.

I have been working at Shalom Cares for 23 years, focusing on fundraising. I will be retiring at the end of June. My husband Paul is retired, and we are looking forward to spending more time with our five grand kids who are in Chicago, Seattle, and here in Denver. I love to sing with them.

I have made my singing groups a priority.
I have found that they relieve stress from whatever else might be going on and bring great joy to my life.


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


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
coloradohebrewchorale @yahoo.com


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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