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Colorado Hebrew Chorale Announces 2019 Fundraising Event

The Colorado Hebrew Chorale and its women’s choir, Kol Nashim, announce their annual fundraising evening, Raisins and Almonds: A Tu B’Shvat Celebration, to be held Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 South Ivanhoe Street in Denver.  The memorable and meaningful event will commence at 5:00 pm with an open wine bar, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, the opportunity to browse an assortment of items at the silent auction and a vendor marketplace featuring works by Risa Aqua, Salha Mishaan, Mara Shapiro and Kathleen Traylor. The silent auction offerings will be available online beginning Dec. 16. Three major items will be auctioned live at the event including a South African safari, a three-day weekend at a Wyndham resort in Avon, CO, and a photo shoot with Avital Rotbart.

The musical program will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will feature a special concert by the two choirs in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Special tribute will be given to long-time Colorado Hebrew Chorale member soloist Estelle Nadel. Born in Poland, Estelle is a child survivor of the Holocaust, and shares her story around the world.

Guest artists include Cantor Asa Fradkin on Bethesda, Maryland who participated in last year’s Raisins and Almonds concert and local composer M. Susan Brown. Kol Nashim will present the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Denverite by Ms. Brown based upon text by Jewish heroine Hannah Szenes (1921-1944).

Following the performance, the event will conclude with a festive sit-down dinner catered by Cohen’s Cuisine and special musical entertainment by Cantor Fradkin.

Raisins and Almonds is co-chaired by Carol Kozak Ward, Music Director of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, and Leah Peer, Music Director of Kol Nashim. Sherrie Davidson is coordinating the vendors and silent auction. Other committee members include Jan Edwards who is coordinating volunteers, and Bonnie Kossoff.  Barbara Zimmerman is assisting with publicity.

Funds raised at Raisins and Almonds will enable both choirs to continue with their musical missions and to expand their outreach to the community. Throughout its 26 year history, Colorado Hebrew Chorale has fought hatred and prejudice through the universal language of music. Kol Nashim joins the Chorale in its multicultural outreach, and has embraced issues affecting battered women and their children. Both choirs focus on artistic excellence to ensure unique musical experiences while exposing audiences to the richness of Jewish culture and creativity.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Raisins and Almonds, visit:

or contact:, (303) 355 0232, (904) 521-7061

Silent auction:

About Barbara Zimmerman

I sing with the Colorado Hebrew Chorale and its affiliated women's choir, Kol Nashim. We draw on participates from throughout the Denver metro area including from Boulder. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the chorale and write publicity article for special events. Professionally, I am a biomedical research scientists and medical writer and communicator.

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