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Celebrating Jerusalem in song

by: SJ reporter - Last updated: 2007-06-06



One of Israel’s leading choirs is coming to London and Manchester to celebrate the 40th Anniverary of the Reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. They will give Gala Concerts with local guest Chazanim in Hendon and Manchester, where their performance will benefit the Vine Street Synagogue Library Fund.

The Ramatayim Men’s Choir comprises 30 men from 4 continents, including 15 British Olim, who now live in Jerusalem and enjoy singing traditional choral pieces and Israeli melodies. The Choir performs in all Israel’s top venues and last toured the UK in 2005, when they were the only Jewish choir to sing at the International Choral Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.

Their programme will include stories and songs related to Jerusalem and its great personalities, historic and modern. They will perform the music of Yossele Rosenblatt, Shlomo Carlebach, Naomi Shemer and many others, inviting the audience to share evocative and familiar tunes in celebration of the historic reunification of the Jewish capital city. As well as bringing Jerusalem to England in song, they will also bring beautiful photographic prints on canvas, taken by one of the members of the choir, which will be on sale to the public and raffled to ticket-holders.

For their Gala Concert in Hendon on Sunday 24th June they will be joined by two Chazanim Moshe Haschel and Robert Brody. 10-year-old boy soloist Pinchas Belzberg will also be making his London debut with the choir.

Tickets for this special evening are available from Spiro Ark priced £15, which includes drinks and a raffle ticket. (Tel. 020 7723 9991,