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A Season of Light: Songs for Chanukah


Songs from around the globe celebrate the miracle of Chunukah in this winter concert of Shir Chadash, The Brooklyn Community Chorus, led by director Rachel Brook. The chorus will be joined by soloist Inbal Hever, with musical accompanists including Brian Gelfand (piano), Ivan Barenboim (woodwinds) and Ronen Itzik (percussion) and a guest appearance by Kol Ram: The Ramaz/KJ Cpommunity Choir, directed by Daniel Henkin.

The concert will take place Sunday, Dec. 14 at 4 PM at the Park Slope Jewish Center, 8th Ave. and 14th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn. 

Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door; children $5/$10.

For more information and to order tickets, please email






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Poetry in the Key of Life


Piyutim: Sacred Poetry in Song will transport listeners to a world of splendor and joy in the spring concert of Shir Chadash, The Brooklyn Community Chorus, led by conductor Rachel Brook. The chorus will be joined by Cantors Josh Breitzer, Natasha Hirschhorn, Sam Levine and Lisa B. Segal, musical accompanists including Brian Gelfand, and a special guest appearance by members of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir.

The event takes place Saturday, May 4 at 4:00 PM at the East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; children are $5/$10

For more information and to order tickets, please email





A Round-the-World Tour of Jewish Music

From the steppes of Russia to the savannahs of Africa, from the Italian peninsula to the Israeli kibbutzim, Shir Chadash takes you on a global tour of Jewish music in a multitude of styles, rhythms, and languages, and drops you off back in Brooklyn, where your tour began.  Guest artists include Cantors Sam Levine and Josh Breitzer, Donna Breitzer, Ben Lapidus, Hadar Noiberg, and Ronen Itzik

The concert takes place Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 PM at the Park Slope Jewish Center, 8th Avenue and 14th Street, Brooklyn.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; children are $5/$10.

For more information, please email





 Shir Chadash to Celebrate 10 Years of Song  

For ten transformative years, the sopranos, altos, tenors and basses of Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus, have joined their beloved Conductor, Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn, in bringing the joy of Jewish music -- ancient, liturgical and modern -- to enthusiastic audiences throughout the New York metropolitan area. 

How better to celebrate than with a gala performance and reception?

The 10th anniversary concert -- Shiru Shir Chadash, Let Us Sing a New Song -- honoring our esteemed conductor, will take place Sunday May 16 at 4 PM at the Gershwin Theatre of the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on the Brooklyn College Campus (Nostrand Avenue and Avenue H). 

A reception will follow at the Tanger Hillel, directly across the street from the theater.

Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus, under the direction of Cantor Natasha J. Hirschhorn, will perform exquisite settings of liturgical texts, folk and popular tunes, and music from many ancient and modern traditions.

General Admission tickets (to the concert only) can be purchased for $25 each, and Gala tickets, including preferred concert seating and reception may be purchased for $50 each. 

For more information please email  




Shir Chadash to Return to NAJCF


For the fourth year, Shir Chadash will perform at the National American Jewish Choral Festival sponsored by The Zamir Choral Foundation, The Union for Reform Judaism and Gratz College.  This performance will take place on Tuesday, July 14 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson, NY.

The North American Jewish Choral Festival, now in its gala 20th consecutive year, annually offers a full week of Jewish musical immersion including daily community sing, a wide range of workshops, Instant Ensembles led by acclaimed conductors and culminating in a grand performance, and nightly concerts featuring outstanding vocal emsembles, choruses and soloists.

For more information please email or Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn at   


Shir Chadash Joins in Song

With Academy for Jewish Religion



Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus, under the direction of Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn, will take part in Bein Kodesh Le Hol: A Road to Paradise, a performance honoring Hazzan David Lefkowitz, 2009 recipient of Academy for Jewish Religion’s “Voices of Vision” Award.

The concert, which takes place Wednesday, May 20 at 8 PM, will offer cantorial, choral and contemporary selections from Calcutta, Modzitz, Morocco, Bosnia, Turkey, Iraq and Israel.  Featured performers will include AJR faculty, alumni and students, as well as Shir Chadash and Shirei Chesed: The Manhattan Jewish Community Chorus.

Tickets are $20 each, and donor and patron opportunities are also available.  To purchase tickets, go to or email, or contact Helene Santo at 718-543-9360 ext. 18.  The concert will take place at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, 257 West 88th Street, New York City.



For the Bitter and the Sweet


Celebrating 60 Years of Israel in Song

The story of modern Israel – six decades of challenge and achievement – is writ large in the rich legacy of song reflecting the nation’s heady mix of cultures, the abundant bounty of its land, and the overwhelming spirit of its people.

Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus under the leadership of Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn, offers a musical birthday card to the land and peoples that make up Israel on Sunday, May 4 at 2 PM at Union Temple, 17 Eastern Parkway, at Grand Army Plaza.

Like a well-seasoned cholent or siniya, the concert features music spiced with the aliyah of many cultures – Middle Eastern, eastern European, Sephardic, Italian, Russian, and others.  Featuring exquisite settings of Piyyutim l’Shabbat, liturgical texts, native folk tunes and pioneer songs, as well as some jazzy solo works and old favorites for sing-along, the program will appeal to young and old.  Special guest artists Yuval Cohen (piano), Ya’aki Levi (percussion) and Dr. Ramon Tasat (tenor) add their own spice to this event.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  Children under 13 will be admitted free.

This concert is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. In Kings County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.  (BAC).

Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus, now in its eighth year, is a four-part chorus with 40+ members.  The Chorus repertoire is inspired by the richness and diversity of Jewish music from around the globe, ranging from hauntingly rendered liturgical offerings, to updated arrangements of world folk music in many languages. 

Shir Chadash’s mission is to challenge, enrich, and delight its singing members and audiences through the excellence of its performances.  The group has participated in a wide range of concerts, from festivals to solo recitals and fundraising benefits. 

For more information, or to reserve tickets, please email or

Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn at  Or visit the website at                             

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Shir Chadash Reaps Generous Benefits Of Public Arts Funding

Not by Might but by Spirit, Shir Chadash’s musical celebration of Chanukah at the East Midwood Jewish Center and at the Kingsborough YM-YWHA, owes a debt of gratitude to sponsorship by the Greater New York Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  A series of grants, made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), allowed the group to purchase much-needed choral risers and defray the administrative costs of the performances.

Featuring classical selections by Mussorgsky and Handel, Chanukah blessings in exquisite settings, and holiday favorites, old and new – with surprise guest artists – the concerts were scheduled for Saturday, December 1st at 7:45 PM at the East Midwood Jewish Center (1625 Ocean Avenue) and Sunday, December 9th at 5 PM at the Kings Bay YMHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue).

For more information, email or Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn at 



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Shir Chadash:  The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus

 Rises to New Musical Peak

By Ellen J. Greenfield


June, 13, 2007 -- When 130 voices raised in song – Leonard Bernstein’s magnificent Chichester Psalms – faded to ethereal stillness, there was a brief moment of silence.  Then the hall exploded into applause and, as one, the audience got to its feet in praise.  Our conductor, the esteemed Matthew Lazar nodded his head to us in acknowledgement of the fruit of our efforts, welcome praise indeed. 


Thus, Shir Chadash:  The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus, which calls PSJC home for most of the year, finished its 7th season with a flourish.


It was an unusual year for us, foregoing the many performance dates we usually enjoy in order to concentrate on a single piece of choral music that runs for almost 20 minutes.  We sang this inspired (and inspiring) composition, a bravura setting of Psalms 100, 108, 2, 23, 131 and 133, with two other choirs, Kol Dodi of Metro West, NJ, and Shirah, whose special 13th year was celebrated with the June 10th concert at the JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ.


It was also a year in which we became an official non-profit organization, elected our first executive board, and were awarded our first grants (allowing us to buy much-needed choral risers and to plan two exciting performances for the Chanukah season).  It was also the year in which our own beloved director, Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn, gave birth to her second daughter.


With this wonderful and challenging period behind us, we are now looking forward to our 8th season, in which we hope to take on increasingly beautiful music and progress in our choral abilities.  And, as our repertoire expands, so grows our desire to welcome new singers. 


If you have a passion for Jewish music, and would like to raise your voice in a welcoming community of singers, we encourage you to visit and audition when we resume rehearsals in the fall.  We are especially in need of tenors and basses, but welcome all voice parts. Shir Chadash meets at Park Slope Jewish Center, Brooklyn, NY, on Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 September-June.  For more information, email or call 718-369-9110.