Zamir Choral Foundation Receives Covenant Grant

THE COVENANT FOUNDATION SELECTED ZAMIR CHORAL FOUNDATION AS ONE OF SIX IGNITION GRANTEES with a gift of $20,000 to develop “Shir Connection” Jewish music, learning, and relationship-building across the generations. Zamir Choral Foundation is proud to be among six Ignition Grantees and thirteen Signature Grantees as Covenant Foundation announced $1.7 million in funding for innovation in Jewish education.  

“During this time when so many young and older people continue to feel isolated, Shir Connection will help build relationships across the generations through shared learning and love of music,” said Vivian Lazar, Director of HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir. “Music has always had the power to unite people. Creating relationships between the different generations builds greater understanding, helps transmit memory, and strengthens our community.”  Led by Project Director, Emma Miller, the HaZamir Teen Educator/Teen Leadership Coordinator, Shir Connection will engage middle school and high school singers already connected to Zamir Choral Foundation through two of its programs, HaZaPrep – The Jewish Choral Preparatory Program for Middle Schoolers and HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir. The singers, who work in chapters in cities nationwide, will engage their grandparents and other interested seniors from partner organizations in this intergenerational learning project. 

 “Jewish literacy and community building are two of the core missions of Zamir Choral Foundation and its programs,” said Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, Zamir Choral Foundation’s Board President. “Shir Connection will build on the excellence of HaZamir and HaZaPrep and focus on creating bridges that connect the generations at this important time.”

Zamir is very grateful to the Covenant Foundation for its strong belief in Jewish arts education, and commitment to investing in programming that reflects the challenges of these uncertain times.