Kol Nashim, the women’s choir of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, announces its fifth annual Woman to Woman concert benefitting the Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women. The concert will be held on Wednesday May 23, 2018, 7:00 pm at BMH-BJ Congregation, 560 South Monaco Parkway, Denver. This is Kol Nashim’s first appearance at BMH-BJ.
The Jerusalem Shelter provides a safe haven to battered women and children from all walks of Israeli life, as well as social services and a unique children’s center. The shelter also runs half-way apartments for women who are on the path towards independent living. As in previous years, all donations collected on behalf of the Shelter will be matched by an anonymous donor.
The theme for this year’s concert is “Voices of Strong Women”, featuring a varied selection of music in Hebrew and English. Ranging from Israeli standards to a set of Broadway numbers, the texts examine different types of strength through a woman’s perspective. In addition to the music, attendees will hear survivor stories from women and children who have benefitted from the Jerusalem shelter’s services, read by Kol Nashim members.
The program will feature guest soloist Estelle Nadel. A child survivor of the Holocaust and longtime member of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, Estelle will sing “A Yiddish Kind (A Jewish Child)”, a Holocaust song from Lithuania, arranged by Leah Peer. Additionally on the program, “Ka’asher Berachti Al HaNerot (When I Blessed the Candles)”, a newly composed piece by Denver native Julie Geller, which premiered at the Chorales “Raisins & Almonds: A Tu B’Shvat Celebration” on January 28, 2018.
Woman to Woman concerts are components of Kol Nashim’s new initiative “Hear My Voice: Concerts Benefitting Battered Women and Children.” The first program in this series, “Sing Out for SafeHouse!” was held in March and raised needed funds for the local residential shelter. Since its inception in 2013, Kol Nashim has embraced issues surrounding victims of domestic violence. Its women’s voices sing out to raise awareness and funds for those affected both locally and in Israel.
Kol Nashim is under the direction of Leah Peer.