Nigunim Community Chorus

 Yiddish Choruses, Singers and Song Leaders

The Nigunim Community Chorus, directed by Achi Ben Shalom, is dedicated to the music of the Jewish people from around the world. The repertoire is varied, and includes contemporary and classic songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English, arranged for choral singing in three- and four-part harmony. We meet on Sundays, outdoors in the pre-school yard of Congregation Netivot Shalom, in Berkeley.

Every meeting starts with vocal warm-ups, learning singing techniques, learning new pieces and reviewing repertoire.

Sight-reading skills are helpful. However, low skill level can improve dramatically with practice. Singing on pitch and comfort in a part-singing environment are required.

The chorus’s short-term goal is to provide an on-going musical activity that is recreational, enjoyable, and healing. The long-term goals include preserving traditional Jewish folk songs, passing on the legacy to the next generation, building a repertoire that can be performed occasionally and 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.

To further discuss and for more information, call Achi at 510-504-2235 or email

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