Achi Ben Shalom Music

Nigunim Chorus of Berkeley

Nigunim Chorus of Berkeley

Nigunim Chorus is an unaffiliated group meeting weekly at the JCC East bay, Berkeley. It is directed by Achi Ben Shalom, and is supported by the JCC.

Our repertoire is varied, and includes contemporary and classic songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English arranged for choral singing.
Every meetings start with a voical warm-ups, learning singing techniques, learning new pieces and reviewing previously taught music.
Sight-reading skill is helpful, but not a requirement. Singing on pitch and comfort in singing in harmony are requirements.

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.

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  Nigunim Chous is growing every year. This fall there are close to 50 of us !

Nigunim Chous is growing every year. This fall there are close to 50 of us!

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New Singers are Welcome!

We meet every Monday, 7:30pm at the JCC East Bay

To RSVP please call 510-528-8872 or email

Mondays, 7:30 - 9:15 Starting September 23 JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley Nigunim Community Chorus sings and performs traditional and contemporary songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English, arranged for two, three, and four parts. Sight-reading skill is helpful but not required. Our goals are to preserve traditional Jewish folk music and learn contemporary music in a supportive community where participants can develop musical skills while having a great time. Many members have been with us for ten years or longer, and the group grows from year to year. New singers are always welcome! We meet at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley on Mondays at 7:30 pm, starting September 23. Call Achi Ben Shalom at 528-8872 to discuss how Nigunim Community Chorus can help you grow with your music while exploring your heritage.