Kol HaNeshama, the Harrisburg Jewish Chorus, was formed in September 2014 as a result of the vision of its founder, Janet Frankel Staub (z''l). The mixed voices chorus provides the opportunity for adult singers to come together to enrich artistic life in South Central Pennsylvania by performing and promoting Jewish music in all its different forms, as well as American music by Jewish composers and lyricists. Kol HaNeshama is directed byMarina Cherepinsky, who has a distinguished career as a performer in her native Russia, and in Central Pennsylvania as a choral and instrumental music educator and choral director. Now in its sixth season, the chorus performs at area synagogues, colleges, senior center events, and community gatherings and celebrations (Performance History). Kol HaNeshama is a member ofChorus America.
Let Us Sing for You
As your organization plans events, please consider having Kol HaNeshama perform. We offer short programs of a few songs and full concerts of 30-45 minutes duration. Our Repertoire features professional a cappella and accompanied arrangements for four voices. Our services are provided free of charge to any group under the umbrella of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg. For others, we encourage donations to help sustain our activities. Please contact Dave Spector or Marina Cherepinsky for more information.
Kol HaNeshama includes members from area synagogues and temples and welcomes as new members anyone who wishes to participate in a challenging and rewarding vocal experience. Kol HaNeshama rehearses on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm at Chisuk Emuna Congregation, 3219 Green St, Harrisburg, PA. To learn more, please contact Dave Spector, 717-533-6483, or Marina Cherepinsky, 717-364-9547.
Note on the name Kol HaNeshama
Depending on how it is spelled in Hebrew, the word “Kol” can mean “voice” or “every.” “HaNeshama” is “the soul” or “the spirit.” Thus “Kol HaNeshama” can be translated as ”the entire soul."
Support Kol HaNeshama
Kol HaNeshama is an activity of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg. The chorus is supported in part by a bequest from Janet Frankel Staub, z”l, to the Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, by performance donations, and by contributions from friends in the community. To make a tax-deductible donation to the chorus, click here or please contact Dave Spector, 717-533-6483, or Jennifer Ross, 717-236-9555 x3104.
Like many other choral and instrumental ensembles, we suspended live rehearsals and performances in Spring 2020 because of the pandemic. We also had to postpone bringing the premier Jewish a cappella group Tizmoret to Harrisburg for our annual event honoring the memory of our founder, Janet Frankel Staub (z”l).
To continue our yearly tribute to Janet, we are producing a virtual project consisting of the four parts of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Choral Selections. We have completed Parts 1 and 2 and posted them on YouTube. To see the videos, click here. We plan to release more sections this Spring.
Our virtual activities, including rehearsals, are expensive and so we are asking all Friends of Kol HaNeshama to help fund them. Please use the link below to contribute. Your donation will help sustain the chorus until we can again present our own live performances and resume bringing to our community high quality choral programs featuring outstanding musicians and scholars.