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.