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In Carnegie Hall in May 1992 the Foundation convened the National Jewish Chorale, a gathering of 300 Jewish singers from choirs based along the Northeast corridor from Washington, DC to Boston, MA to mark the 25th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem.  Special guest artists on that program included renowned performer Theodore Bikel and Hazzanim Alberto Mizrahi, Lisa Hest and Charles Osborne, while Nobel prize winning author and activist Elie Wiesel performed as a soloist and as special guest conductor.

In June 1996, the Foundation  once again gathered the National Jewish Chorale to mark Jerusalem 3000, the landmark celebration of the 3,000th anniversary of the establishment of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish People. A star-studded cast of guest artists included international superstar Richie Havens, Hazzanim Alberto Mizrahi, Nathan Lam, Meir Finkelstein and Charles Osborne, singer-songwriter Kenny Karen and Israel’s foremost song writer, Naomi Shemer.

Board MeetingIn November, 2002, The Foundation also convened the first-ever Conference on the life and music of Salamone Rossi (ca. 1570 – ca. 1628), the first composer to use Western musical forms to illuminate Jewish liturgical texts.  His 3-volume collection of Jewish liturgical motets, published in 1622 as HaShirim Asher LiShlomo (The Songs According to Solomon) constitute a collection of 33 settings for combinations of 3 – 8 voices, and were the subject of much of the discussion, highlighted by papers from an international panel of leading musicologists including renowned Rossi scholar Dan Harran and Professor Israel Adler of the Hebrew University and Professors Howard Adelman and David Ruderman , both scholars of the Italian Renaissance during which Rossi flourished.  In addition to academic lectures, the two-day event also featured a Standing-room only concert of Rossi’s music at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, with his secular works performed by the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble and his Jewish music showcased by the Mantua Singers, under the direction of Matthew Lazar.  Listen to Rossi's "Hallelujah, Psalm 146" as performed at the conference:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD92MHYIcSk

In December 2003, the Foundation partnered with iconic Israeli singer Shoshana Damari in a sold-out Carnegie Hall concert co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel  in New York that marked the official conclusion of an 18-month celebration of Israel’s 50th anniversary.

In March 2008, the Zamir Chorale (and Friends) and members of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir partnered with Cantor Lorna Wallach,  renowned performer Theodore Bikel, and the legendary Debbie Friedman to mark the 60th anniversary of Israel’s Independence with a gala concert at Carnegie Hall.

 

Most recently, the Zamir Chorale (and Friends) and members of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir joined forces with guest artists Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi and celebrated Israeli performer Yehoram Gaon to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012.