Kol Truah

Jewish Choir of the East Bay

Mission Statement

Kol Truah is a non-denominational choir affiliated with Congregation Netivot Shalom of Berkeley, Callifornia. Kol Truah is dedicated to the preservation, dissemination, and performance of Jewish music for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of the Jewish community in the Bay Area, and the community at large.

About Kol Truah

In 1974, Sandy Schneider, z''l, a Berkeley musician, began rehearsal of a Bay Area Jewish chorus, Kol Truah. His goal was to create a professional choir, singing Jewish music from the 15th - 20th centuries. Until 1977, the group sang all over northern California, at synagogues, East Bay Israeli Independence Day celebrations, wherever they were invited. In 1977, the choir disbanded and the choir music folders were boxed up.

After Sandy's death, his widow, Helen, entrusted Cantor Sawyer with the boxed up music, hoping that Kol Truah would sing again. Auditions were announced and in 2004, Kol Truah began singing again. Since its revival, Kol Truah has sung many concerts, private parties (yes, we are for hire), the Bay Area Zimriyah, St. Joseph Basilica, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Temple Israel in Alameda, and at its new home, Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, California.

The group performed at the Congregation Netivot Shalom Music Festival in Berkeley on Saturday, February 21, 2009 Please click “music” to hear the pieces we performed.

Kol Truah Choir

April McNeely, Music Director
Eleanor Cohen, Accompanist
Cantor Pamela Sawyer, Artistic Director

Kol Truah Choir Members
GaryAppell , Martin Bailey, Barbara Bibel , Dennis Corburn, Howard Curtis, Monica Devens, Dorothea Dorenz, Barry Groody, Malka Helfman, Sara Katz, Kathy Rose Kennedy, DonKennedy, Lisa Levine, Rod Murray, Julie Rogers, Margaret Rowland, Maureen Sansburn, Pamela Sawyer, Melanie Spiller, Bill Stewart, Tomiye Sumner Neilson , Jim Wenninger