Zamir Choral Foundation, Inc.

aka Zamir   |   New York, NY   |  www.zamirchoralfoundation.org

Mission

The Zamir Choral Foundation promotes excellence in Jewish choral music, and engages teens and adults in Jewish choral singing in order to inspire Jewish life, culture, leadership, and the strengthening of Jewish community. The foundation is the nucleus of a growing Jewish choral network, sponsoring programs, concerts, workshops, music festivals, and a host of other activities aimed at expanding the knowledge of and appreciation for Jewish choral music. The Zamir Choral Foundation activities directly engage hundreds of teens and adults on an ongoing basis through its programs and ultimately impact many thousands of individuals and families, creating connections between Jews of different religious denominations, cultural backgrounds, ages and socioeconomic strata, attracting many who are not otherwise involved in Jewish life.

Ruling year info

1967

Principal Officer

Mr. Matthew Lazar

Main address

475 Riverside Drive - Suite 1948

New York, NY 10115 USA

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EIN

13-6217087

NTEE code info

Singing Choral (A6B)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Jewish (X30)

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Zamir Chorale

The Zamir Chorale was founded in 1960 as the first Hebrew–singing choir in North America and quickly set the standard for Jewish choral performance. Zamir's programs have included works by Renaissance master Salamone Rossi, synagogue classics of the 19th century, art and folk music of Israel, and the premieres of new works by contemporary composers. The Chorale has sung in major concert halls and communities throughout the Northeast, and in Montreal, London and across Israel. Zamir has performed with conductors Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Barenboim, Lukas Foss, Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta and others and has appeared with a diverse array of personalities, including Herschel Bernardi, Theodore Bikel, Tom Chapin, Shoshana Damari, Debbie Friedman, Richie Havens, Danny Kaye, Naomi Shemer, Ruth Westheimer and Elie Wiesel.

During its more than 50 years of creating Jewish harmony, the Zamir Chorale’s Jewish musical leadership has attracted trans-denominational and trans-generational audiences in the tens of thousands. The Zamir Chorale serves as the flagship ensemble of the Zamir Choral Foundation.

Population(s) Served

Held each summer since 1990, The North American Jewish Choral Festival is the premiere Jewish choral event anywhere. It brings together singers and choirs from across North America and beyond, with a renowned teaching staff, conductors, composers and other music professionals to sing, learn and share the joy of Jewish music. The Festival draws hundreds of participants for five days of intensive workshops, study, concerts, fun and friendship.

Population(s) Served

HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir is a network of choral chapters across the United States and Israel which provides Jewish teens with a high level choral experience in a Jewish environment. HaZamir transcends boundaries, giving teenagers a valuable and rare trans-denominational experience as an opportunity to forge close bonds and unite in a common goal: music.

The mission of HaZamir is to:

- Perform at the highest musical standard
- Strengthen Jewish identity
- Build Pluralistic Jewish community
- Facilitate Leadership skills
- Forge strong ties to Israel
HaZamir chapters are directed by talented conductors whose devotion to the highest standard of Jewish music-making helps to inspire the next generation of Jewish choral singers.

Population(s) Served

The Jeanne R. Mandell Fund for New Music provides support for the commissioning activities of the Zamir Choral Foundation, and annually funds the composition of new works that are premiered by ensembles associated with the Zamir Choral Foundation, becoming part of the growing Jewish choral repertoire.

Population(s) Served

Zamir Noded is the newest initiative of the Zamir Choral Foundation, created to provide a high level musical opportunity for young adults aged 18-30 to sing in a Jewish choir with like-minded peers. Zamir Noded is conducted by renowned Maestro Matthew Lazar and has drawn singers from throughout the tri-State area and beyond, including alumni of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir and others who are attracted to this unique ensemble. Established in September, 2013, the ensemble presented its debut performance in the Foundation’s Hanukkah concert at Merkin Concert Hall on December 3, 2013.

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Zamir Choral Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/15/2016
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Board co-chair

Steven Lorch


Board co-chair

Elie Wiesel

Elena Neuman Lefkowitz

Gerald Skolnik

Henry Stein

Gideon Vaisman

Arline Duker

Elizabeth Hove Aron

Nancy Abramson

Martin Aron, Esq.

Adina Avery-Grossman

James Ball

Lewis Bernstein

Fredrica Brooks

Bobbie Sue Daitch

Joshua Fishman

Daniel Freelander

Francine Gordon

Ruth Hendel

Brian Kalver

Temma Kingsley

Matthew Maryles

Jacob Mendelson

Alberto Mizrahi

Mark Podwal

Hugh Pollack

Phyllis Rosen

Erika Schon

Alan Septimus

Sherry Epstein Stein

Cheryl Troy

Dennis Waldman

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    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes