Kol Rinah Update for May

Our May concert, which was well received by our audience at the Yorktown Jewish Center, is now behind us.  This week, we are proud to perform a concert for the Havorah group of the Westchester Jewish Family Services.  Every spring for the past many years, we’ve sung in full concert dress for anywhere from 50 – 100 developmentally disabled adults and their caregivers.  They are our most enthusiastic audience and just love to be part of a live music performance.  Even our rendition of Happy Birthday (“Is it anyone birthday this week?  Is it anyone’s birthday this month?  Is it anyone’s birthday this year?”) brings applause and lively participation.  But as much as this audience gets from our concert, we get more.  These friends don’t merely clap politely — they cheer and shout and let us know we touched them.  And what could be a better feeling than to know you’ve made someone’s day more joyful?

After our Havorah concert, we’ll be entertaining the members of the Greater Orange County Federation in Newburgh, NY, followed by a summer hiatus during which many of our members attend the North American Jewish Choral Festival in Kerhonkson, NY.  About 500 singers of all level of experience and accomplishment join for 5 days of exploring, sharing, singing, and enjoying Jewish music.  We’ll learn and hear an array of Jewish music and bring back our favorites to sing for you this coming season.  We look forward to much more music to come!

Kol Rinah Update for April

It’s nearly here!  We’re excitedly preparing for our annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 at the Yorktown Jewish Center.  We’ll have lots of new music – and some old favorites – for all of our friends and fans.  Tickets are available online (click the button to the right) or at the door.

We had a wonderful response to our concert at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown this February.  After our spring concert in Yorktown, we’ll be guest performers at a meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County in Newburgh.  So far, our calendar is fairly open for the fall, so if your organization or synagogue would be interested in having Kol Rinah perform at the next meeting or gathering, please let us know!  We love to rehearse and spend time together, but we are happiest performing for an audience.

Kol Rinah Update for February

We had such a lovely concert at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown this Chanukah that we can’t wait to go back later this month to participate in a Friday night Shabbat service.  Cantor Margot Goldberg will be performing a solo, and we’re sure the congregation will be joining us in a few numbers.  Please check the Temple Beth Abraham website for directions and further information.

Even though Tu B’shvat is now behind us, it’s not too late to enjoy our latest video.  Hamisha Asar is a lively Sephardic song that speaks to the fruits and other agricultural species that our Jewish Arbor day celebrates.  Click on this link for Kol Rinah’s rendition, accompanied by inspiring photos.

Our next concert will be on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 at the Yorktown Jewish Center.  We had such a lively, enthusiastic, appreciative audience there last year that we’re returning for an encore engagement.  Check back in a few weeks for more details and to order tickets in advance.


Kol Rinah Updates for November

We’re proud to have five new singers join or rejoin Kol Rinah for the upcoming year.  We’re busy brushing up some previous repertoire and learning new pieces for the upcoming concerts.  We’re sure our audiences are going to like them.

We’ve been invited to sing at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, Connecticut on November 30.  This is our fourth or fifth gig at the Home for the Elderly.  We love them, and they love us!  If your group wants to start a love affair with Kol Rinah, we’re available!

Have you found just the right hostess gift for Thanksgiving?  Yankee candle has some great ideas, and if you click here, you’ll be helping Kol Rinah as well: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter group number 990069731.  Or you can pick up an extra copy of our CD (just click on the right) and share our music with your friends and family.

We bought three new microphone stands so far with money we’ve made from our Yankee Candle fundraising and other donations.  I promise we’ll put your funds to good use!

Lastly, it’s not too early to buy tickets to our Chanukah concert (see buttons on the right).  We’ve never sung in Tarrytown before and we’re hoping for a large, enthusiastic crowd so get your tickets soon!

Kol Rinah Update for October

We’re so excited to have new singers join us this season.  So far, we welcome Colin Goldberg, Joanne Steiner, and Deborah Sachare — and more people are scheduled to audition.  The more outstanding singers join us, the richer and fuller our sound.

Although not all of our new singers will be ready to join us on our next concert or two, they will have the chance to sing with us first at our Chanukah concert at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, Connecticut, on November 30th. We’ve been invited to this beautiful venue many times in the past, and we’re always treated to a most appreciative audience.

Shortly after that concert, we’re proud to announce our annual Chanukah concert, which this year will be at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, New York on Sunday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m.  The newly refurbished sanctuary and sound system will be a wonderful backdrop to our spirited Chanukah repertoire, including several new pieces.

Tickets for our Chanukah concert are on sale now on our website via PayPal, or any one of our singers can reserve an advanced ticket for you.  It’s going to be a great evening!

2014 Chanukah flyer

2014 flyer Chanukah

Update for September 2014

How exciting to see so many potential Kol Rinah singers at our Open House!  If you missed it but still want to sing with us, it’s not too late.  Come to our next rehearsal (note:  we’re closed on September 24, October 8, and October 15 to observe Jewish holidays)!  If you think we’d be a good fit for each other, come to a rehearsal and then schedule a private, gentle audition with our conductor, Ben Gruder.  He usually schedules auditions for just before our rehearsal (which are Wednesdays at 7:15 at the Rosenthal JCC, Pleasantville, NY).

I can hardly believe it, but we’re already filling up concert slots for this year.  We’re even working with a synagogue in Connecticut for a Chanukah 2015 concert!  Our next gig will be on November 30th at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, Connecticut.  We’ve sung at that beautiful facility several times before to a warm, enthusiastic audience and we can’t wait to do it again!

Watch this website for information about our upcoming Chanukah Concert, which will be on December 14th at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Abraham, Tarrytown, NY.

We just concluded our annual repertoire meeting, and I’m so excited about the wonderful mix of music we’ll be singing this year.  Ladino, Hebrew, Yiddish, English, liturgical, pop, modern, Renaissance – we’ll have a little bit of everything for you this Chanukah and this spring.  Kol Rinah keeps getting better and better and we thank our loyal fans who have been with us for many years.  Here’s to a terrific 14th year!



Update for July 2014

I’m so excited about Kol Rinah’s performance at the North American Jewish Chorale Festival a few weeks ago!  We partnered with Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale, also conducted by Ben Gruder, and according to all sources, we wowed one and all.  I’m frankly not surprised:  we practiced so ardently and we have such a cadre of talented singers, we were bound to do ourselves proud.  The NAJCF is an annual gathering of singers, cantors, composers, arrangers, conductors, and others who love Jewish choral music – or who just love to sing.  This year, there were over 600 in attendance over the 5-day retreat in the Catskills.

Our next gig is a set at the Westchester County Jewish Heritage Festival at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, New York.  We’re scheduled to take the stand at around 5:00, so we hope many of our old fans – and those who are interested in hearing us for the first time – bring a picnic and join us.  Last year it rained on our performance, so keep your fingers and toes crossed for good weather!

We’re also gearing up for our fall Open House.  If you think you might like to sing with us and you’d like to check us out, please come on September 3rd to the Rosenthal JCC on Bear Ridge Road in Pleasantville, NY at 7:15.  If you think we’d be a good match for each other, speak with Ben for an appointment for a (very gentle) private audition.  We’re growing – and we’d love you to be part of our group!

Kol Rinah Updates for June 2014

Thank you, thank you to our enthusiastic audience on June 8th at the Yorktown Jewish Center!  Our Spring Concert was our best-attended ticket performance to date and the audience appreciated the eclectic mix of songs.  One audience member told me, “What a good name for your chorus.  Kol Rinah – Joyous Voice – really describes how you all sing!”  And to top it all off, Steve Cohen, composer of our finale song, and Phyllis and Richard Rosen, who commissioned that song, were in our audience.

Usually our season ends after our spring concert.  But this year, we’re on high gear as we prepare for our joint performance with Nashir!  We’ll be singing at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, which runs from July 20 – 24 in Kerhonkson, NY.  Hundreds and hundreds of people who love Jewish choral music come from all over the country to learn new music, sing together, learn new technique, and renew old friendships at the annual five-day retreat.  We’ve never sung with Nashir! before, but we share a conductor, Ben Gruder, so we should be a good fit, and our sound should be rich and powerful.

We can’t even rest after the Choral festival!  On Sunday, August 17, we’re scheduled to sing at the Kensico Dam Jewish Heritage Festival in Valhalla. We’re going on at around 5:00 and we hope to see many of our loyal fans there.


Kol Rinah update for May 2014

So much for my intention to update monthly!  So many of us were involved in our own synagogue’s Purim shpiels, followed closely by all those Passover preparations, that I simply forgot!

This week, Kol Rinah is pleased to be performing at the Westchester Jewish Council’s Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards presentation at the Jewish Community Center of Harrison.  We’re prepped and ready and we can’t wait to help honor those noble volunteers with our music.

By now, you’ve probably received your spring concert letter and flyer in the mail.  If not, please send us a note to let us know!  We think we’ll be drawing an especially large audience since so many of us are congregants of the Yorktown Jewish Center where we’ll be performing that concert.  If you’ve always meant to see us live, this is the time!  We’ve got lots of new music, some nice refreshments (what’s a concert without a little nosh and schmoozing afterwards?), and lots of energy and ruach, so please do come on Sunday, June 8th, at 2:00.

2014 spring concert flyer