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Join our Choir: A Message from our Chazzan, Daniela

Join our Choir: A Message from our Chazzan, Daniela

To the members, friends, and families of our Shir Libeynu community,

Each year, several members of our congregation join forces to form the Shir Libeynu High Holy Days choir. Some are professional musicians, while others have never dared to sing outside of their own homes. Some are fluent in Hebrew, while others have never spoken a word of it.

I have had the pleasure of sitting in on some of the rehearsals – often these gatherings would take place in someone’s home, with snacks and tea and chatting and laughter.

Over the course of the weeks leading up to the holidays, the group would bond as they readied themselves to bring something irreplaceable to our services.

Having a volunteer, member-based choir is central to our value of inclusivity at Shir Libeynu. Our choir director, Vered Philip, also volunteers her time and talents, making the entire endeavour a labour of love and a true offering to the community.

If you sing, or have any lingering desire to bring more joy and music into your life this year, I encourage you to join the Shir Libeynu choir. Details about participation are below.

Looking forward to making music with you!

Daniela Gesundheit
Chazzan and Musical Director


-six or seven mandatory, two-hour rehearsals, usually at the MNJCC, with one at First Unitarian Congregation where we hold our High Holy Days’ services;

– rehearsals are held during weekday evenings or weekend days;

– early arrival on holiday service days when choir is participating.


– While we very much value the time that choir members spend as volunteers for this important element of the services, we do not sanction volunteer time in exchange for memberships or tickets; 2016/5777 Membership and Ticket Price List.

– All participants in the choir must have tickets to the services at which they will be singing: Shir Libeynu membership includes all tickets, or tickets to individual services can be purchased.