NE'IMAH'S HISTORY

Ne’imah  Jewish Community Chorus (Ne'imah) was founded in 1992 in Albany, New York by Rosemary Linsider, an active member of the local Jewish community. After listening to the Zamir Chorale, the Jewish chorus from Boston and the first modern Hebrew-singing chorus in North America, Rosemary fell in love with the beautiful Jewish choral music that they performed. This motivated her to start a similar chorus in the Capital District, which she named Ne'imah Jewish Community Chorus. Rosemary became a chorus member and its voluntary manager more than 10 years. Rosemary's dedicated work has helped Ne'imah become an important art organization in the Capital District, has brought both beautiful Jewish choral music to the Jewish and non-Jewish community as well as renowned Jewish performers as guest soloists at Ne'imah's concerts. 

In 1996 Ne’imah became a not-for-profit 501 c (3) corporation, independent from all Jewish or non-Jewish organizations, synagogues or agencies in the Capital Region. Ne’imah’s concerts are of a strictly social nature and are designed to bring the community together.

Ne'imah is a voluntary organization. It has two paid contractors, the conductor and piano accompanist, and three volunteer staff, its two librarians and the president/ manager.

Through its music, as part of its mission, Ne’imah has acquainted the Capital District Jewish and non-Jewish community with the variety and richness of the Jewish choral music repertoire, ranging from original works written by contemporary Jewish composers to choral arrangements of existing Jewish folk and liturgical music. 

Over the years, Ne’imah has performed at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, at Friends of Albany Public Library interfaith concerts, the Unity Concert at Hudson Valley Community College, at Jewish Federation and synagogue events, at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center, The Massry Center and at many other venues in and around the Capital Region.

At its concerts Ne’imah promotes both local and out-of-area contemporary Jewish music performers and composers. Ne’imah has performed with renowned performers of Jewish music, such as Zalmen Mlotek of New York, the Zamir Chorale from Boston, Cantor Alberto Mizrachi, Ruth Pelham, Lucille Beer, Jeff Klepper, the Kleine Klezmer Orchestra, Cantor Robbie Solomon of SAFAM, singer/ songwriter Rebecca Teplow, Mak'hela - the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, Rocapella singer Sean Altman, Jewish Accapella singer Jordan Gorfinkel, Cantor Shira Ginsburg and others. 

In June 2012 we celebrated our 20th anniversary and organized, hosted and sponsored the First Albany Jewish Choral Festival. Several local choral groups from synagogues from the Capital region and around celebrated this milestone together with us. It was a very successful event.

Ne’imah receives support from the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, the Sidney and Beatrice Albert Foundation, the Arts Center of the Capital Region through the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency, and the Capital District businesses and community.

 

 

 

 



 

 

 



 
 


 

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