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Community Yiddish Sing, Berkeley, CA, Nov 17, 2007

COMMUNITY CHORUS THROWS A HOOTENNANY!?? The East Bay Jewish Folk Chorus, now in its 6th year, is adding a new feature to its program: A Monthly Hootennany! (Otherwise known as "Kumzits" or a wild sing along party) The next one is slated for Saturday, November 17, at 8:00 p.m. at the the East Bay JCC, 1414 Walnut Street, in Berkeley. The group meets regularly on Thursday evenings at the JCC to sing a selection of songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino. This season, a few gospel-style Jewish songs (also known as "Jospel") have been added. Led by musician Achi Ben Shalom, The chorus has performed at various events over the past several years, including the annual Zimriya at Temple Emanuel in San Francisco and the Jewish Music Festival in Berkeley. By hosting a monthly hootenanny, the chorus hopes to meet the needs of "closet singers," those who enjoy singing but are not able make a weekly commitment to practice.

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