Nigunim Community Chorus

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Hanukkah Performance

Hanukkah Performance

The East Bay Jewish Folk Chorus performs at Yiddish Day (Netivot Shalom Yiddish Day)

Nigunim Chorus consists of two groups meeting in Berkeley on Mondays, and in San Francisco on Tuesdays. To find out about fees and locations email Achi Ben Shalom at mail[at]

Most of the repertoire is traditional, with some contemporary songs in languages such as Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English and arrangements for two, three, and four parts.

Every meeting includes voice warm-ups, learning singing techniques, learning new pieces and reviewing previously taught music.

Sight-reading skills are helpful, but not a requirement.

The chorus’s short-term goal is to provide an on-going musical activity that is recreational, enjoyable and healing. The long-term goals are: (a) preserving traditional Jewish folk songs; (b) passing on the legacy to the next generation; (c) building a repertoire that can be performed occasionally; and (d) providing a space where participants can grow musically both individually and as part of a group. The group is growing from year to year, and many members have been with the group since 1998.

Chorus at City Hall

Holocaust Commemoration by the City of Berkeley

chorus at zimriyaZimriyah at Congregation Emanuel, San Francisco

Chorus at Ashkenaz

Asheknaz, Berkeley, CD Release Party