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 by Marina 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 of Chorus 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 have suspended live rehearsals and performances because of the pandemic. We are producing a virtual project consisting of the four parts of Beautiful: The Carol King Musical – Choral Selections. Watch this site for the schedule of appearance of each part and how to view it. We are asking all Friends of Kol HaNeshama to help support our activities during this difficult period. That includes both virtual projects and virtual rehearsals. Please use the link in the Support Kol HaNeshama section of the information on the left of this page to contribute. Your donation will help sustain the chorus until we can again present our own live performances and also bring to our community high quality choral programs featuring outstanding musicians and scholars.