HaZamir finally gave me the opportunity to join a community that combines music and joyful emotion with like-minded peers.

— Eitan, HaZamir Albany


Never have I felt so much pride and joy while singing these powerful words at Festival and on stage.

— Keren, HaZamir Baltimore


HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choiris a Jewish musical youth movement of 38 synchronized choral chapters across the U.S. and Israel. Now entering its 25th year, HaZamir engages hundreds of Jewish teens every year. Teens meet weekly in their local chapters to rehearse and perform high-level Jewish choral music and create a pluralistic peer community, then come together for a Shabbaton and public performance at a world-class venue. 

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Celebrate Our Honoree

Vivian Lazar

We are thrilled to announce that Vivian Lazar is the HaZamir Gala Honoree for our 25th Anniversary Celebration. Serving as the Director of HaZamir since 2004, Vivian has brought a unique understanding of the musical and educational value of choral singing, building HaZamir into an international youth movement. Vivian’s singular vision for HaZamir has brought us to new venues like the Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall, and David Geffen Hall; new partnerships between American and Israeli cities; and new support from Israel’s Ministry of Education. She has held HaZamir to the highest standard of excellence, openness, creativity, and community. Our achievements are her achievements, and we are thrilled to share the spotlight with this exceptional, dedicated, and talented woman.

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Alumni Spotlight

Penina Frankus

HaZamir Pittsburgh, Class of 2012
HaZamir was my first experience with a pluralistic Jewish organization. As a high schooler, I was wowed by the hundreds of HaZamirniks who came to Festival, connecting over their shared culture and love of music. HaZamir welcomed Jewish students of all different backgrounds, creating an inclusive and respectful community that celebrated commonality at every turn.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I am profoundly grateful for the picture of modern Judaism offered by HaZamir, which resonated with me throughout my college years and my recent move abroad. I cherish HaZamir's vision of klal yisrael, where every Jew is welcome - male or female, Ashkenazic or Sephardic, religious or secular - and proud to have a place in the community.