Kol Truah

Jewish Choir of the East Bay

Upcoming Concerts/Events

Kol Truah Jewish Choir of the East Bay

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Kol Truah Favorites, Vol. 1.

Come hear us reprise favorites from the last 12 years, and if you don't hear your own favorite, let us know! The only theme is that we love this music and we know you will too.
Featured on the program will be Ladino, Yiddish, Hebrew, English, Sephardic, old, new, liturgical…well, a mishmash (a Yiddish word, by the way), or an iruvuv’yah (if you prefer Hebrew).

So come join us for the first performance of
Kol Truah Favorites, Vol. 1!

Thursday, September 15, at 7:30 PM at Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney RD. Alameda, CA 94502.

September 18th, 3 PM at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Avenue in Berkeley

Suggested Donation: $15 General, $10 Students and Seniors

A journey through Jewish music spanning hundreds
of years and three continents. 
Join us as we make music from the earliest forms on record to our own times. We will encounter songs by ever-prolific Anonymous, mysterious Rossi, traditionalist Lewandowski, and cantor’s son Kurt Weill, and we'll explore Sephardic, Yiddish, and Yemenite folk music and way beyond. You won't need your passport to experience the varied and beautiful music that makes up part of our heritage, but you will have explored part of the musical world that doesn't often get visited.

Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Temple Israel
3183 Mecartney Rd, Alameda, CA 94502

Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3 PM
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702


Kol Truah Jewish Choir of the East Bay presents

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” we read in the Declaration of Independence. At a time when we are experiencing erosion of freedoms and loss of liberty, while other peoples are still yearning, hoping, and fighting for freedom, Kol Truah Jewish Choir explores just what liberty and freedom mean. Through the music of Irving Berlin, Aaron Copland, Charles Davidson, Linda Hirschhorn, and others, as well as Passover melodies, spirituals, and African freedom songs Kol Truah presents a varied program celebrating liberty and freedom by singing of the yearning for, first taste of, and defense of these two “unalienable rights.” Please join us.


Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 7 PM
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7 PM
Temple Israel
3183 Mecartney Rd, Alameda, CA 94502

Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 4 PM
Congregation Kol Shofar
215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon, 94920

Kol Truah Jewish Choir of the East Bay presents

Love in the spring

"Love in the Spring--or Any Other Season."

The program includes passionate songs in Spanish, swinging Yiddish, mostly reverent Hebrew, moving Italian, and frivolous English.

Please join us as we sing music of the heart.

Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 7:30 PM, Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Rd., Alameda.

Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 3 PM, Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave. Berkeley.

Saturday, November. 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM, Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central St, Richmond Suggested Donation: $10.00


Past Events

A Tribute to Sandy Schneider” founder of the original Kol Truah in 1974.

At our next concert, “A Tribute to Sandy Schneider,” we will make a special presentation to Sandy’s widow and introduce our first Composer-In-Residence, Rober Schoen.

This concert will feature music written by Sandy, as well as other local composers, Robert Applebaum, Linda Hirschhorn, and our new Composer-in-Residence, Robert Schoen”

Saturday, March 23, 2013
7:30 PM
1st United Methodist Church
1600 Bancroft Avenue, San Leandro,CA

Sunday, March 24, 2013
3 PM
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Ave Berkeley, CA

Love in the Spring (Or Any Other Season)

Saturday 7 PM, June 1, 2013, location to be determined

Sunday 3 PM, June 2, 2013, at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley



One People, Many Voices”  
May 5 and 6, 2012

Yes, We Sang!” With Nigunin Community Folk Chorus and The Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco April 22, 2012 Berkeley-Richmond Jewish Community Center

"Jews on Broadway"
July 2010.

"Psalm Enchanted Evening"
April 24, 2010
Temple Israel
3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda, CA.
7:30 PM
Artworks by artists Lisa Levine and Malka Helfman will be exhibited on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Temple Israel

Psalm Enchanted Evening Poster

"Psalm Enchanted Evening"
March 13, 2010 at Congregation Netivot Shalom
April 24 at Temple Israel in Alameda, California.

March 13, 2010, 8 p.m. Congregation Netivot Shalom

KOL TRUAH Jewish Choir of the East Bay, conducted by Cantor Pamela Sawyer, will be presenting PSALM ENCHANTED EVENING, a celebration of Psalms, at Netivot Shalom on Saturday, March 13, at 8 p.m.

From the countless musical settings of the 150 Psalms, Cantor Sawyer has selected representative pieces from the Renaissance to the present, by Jewish and non-Jewish composers. Two different settings of Psalm 150 will serve as bookends for the program.
The performance will open with German composer Louis Lewandowsk’s widely known 19th century Halleluyah, and will close with Linda Mankin’s Haleluyah.*
The program will include Psalms set by Italian Renaissance composer Salomone Rossi, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Johannes Brahms, Cantor Gerald Cohen, Bobby McFerrin, Cantor Eric Contzius, and others. Each musical setting uniquely reflects upon the meaning of the text, as well as reflecting the period in which it was composed.

In coordination with the concert, we have the pleasure of exhibiting artwork by Rabbi Gordon Freeman. Rabbi Freeman, trained as a sofer over 45 years ago, is rabbi emeritus of Congregation B'nai Shalom in Walnut Creek having served there for 38 years. As a Hebrew calligrapher he utilizes multiple media to express his love for the Hebrew letter. He works in pen and ink, brush, acrylic, gouash, glass, ceramics and cloth. Besides Ketubot, he has worked extensively with the book of Psalms and Song of Songs. He has published two books featuring the Hebrew letter, Proverbs and People and A Creation Song. His exquisite artwork based on the Psalms will be on exhibit for two weeks beginning with the PSALM ENCHANTED EVENING performance. There is a special connection between Kol Truah and Rabbi Freeman. The founder of Kol Truah, in 1974, was Sandy Schneider, z’’l, who was also Rabbi Freeman’s uncle. We are honored to bring together the artistic endeavors of Rabbi Freeman with the musical efforts of his uncle. Please join us for this celebration of the musical and visual beauty of the Psalms on Saturday, March 13, at 8 PM. For more information, please e-mail cantorpam@mac.com. Tickets will be available at the door on a sliding scale, $10–36. *Linda Mankin is Professor Emeritus of Music at Foothill College, Los Altos, California.