The power of the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus goes deeper than just our music.
Our unique model of music and dialogue programming provides a transformative experience for our singers that yields both friendship and understanding on an individual and collective level across lines of religion, nationality, language, and culture. We go beyond simply singing together, delving deeper into one another’s identities, life experiences, communal narratives, religious traditions, and national histories through dialogue, all within the safe space of the musical ensemble and the strong personal bonds and community it creates. How does it work? What is it like to be a member of our chorus? Let us share our stories with you.
For a brief and beautiful introduction to the chorus experience, enjoy this short from CNN’s Great Big Story!
Explore the theory and practice of sharing sound and space in Jerusalem with our founder and director, Micah Hendler, and Sari Nusseibeh, prominent Palestinian intellectual and peacemaker. (Keynote Presentation, East-West Philosophers' Conference 2016)
Check out Harmonizing in the Holy Land, a documentary made about the chorus by young conflict journalist Emily Cohen!
We were featured on Public Broadcasting in this in-depth story featuring footage from our performance at Sidwell Friends in Washington, DC.