Shirah is a community choir that performs a variety of Jewish music. We meet at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, New Jersey. What unites us is our commitment to preserving and furthering the Jewish musical heritage and producing quality music regardless of our musical backgrounds. We are open to all adults -- auditions are not required. Shirah is under the direction of conductor Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman and founding director Matthew Lazar.
SHIRAH was formed in January 1995 with the generous support of its founding patrons, Bernard and Ruth Weinflash z"l, as a regional chorus specializing in the performance of the full spectrum of Jewish music. Sponsored by the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades/Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, New Jersey and the generous support of numerous private donors, its roster includes a multigenerational blend of professional and amateur singers from northern New Jersey, Rockland County, and the New York metropolitan area. SHIRAH performs regularly at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, and has been featured in many concerts in the U.S. and Israel, including at Avery Fisher Hall, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the John Harms Theatre, and the Colden Center, featuring the world premiere of “This Scroll” by Dov Selzer with the Queens Symphony.