Phyllis and Richard Rosen create the Jeanne R. Mandell Fund for New Music (later to become the Mandell Rosen Fund for New Music.) Its first commissions, “Eishet Chayil” by Yehezkel Braun and “Uk’ratem Dror” by Benjie Ellen Schiller, are presented by the Zamir Chorale in a December concert at Merkin Concert Hall. In the midst of the Second Intifada, the Zamir Choral Foundation brings over 100 singers on a Mission to Israel.