The Jerusalem cantors choir was established in 1972 by a select group of students of the late Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Rivlin of Blessed Memory. Rabbi Rivlin was the founder of the "Shirat Yisrael" Musical Institute. The first conductor of the choir for many years was Binyamin Glickman. The choir has set for itself a two fold goal. It wishes to both preserve and modernize the music of our ancient prayers and songs. The choir’s repertoire includes Cantorial, liturgical, Yiddish, Chassidic and Israeli works.
The 32 members of the choir are all Cantors and Prayer Leaders - Tenors (first & second),
Baritones and Bass singers, who view their involvement with the choir as a service for the public good.
Members of the choir come from all walks of life. Among the members are attorneys, bankers, media personalities,
educators, doctors and retirees. Once each week they meet to review their songs
and learn new cantorial works thus helping to enrich their extensive repertoire.
The Choir often performs Shabbath prayers and public events at religious Kibbutzim as well as other locations throughout Israel. The choir has appeard on Israel Television as well as various radio stations.
The choir has gone on various international tours. Their latest tours have included trips to the United States, Canada, France, England and Germany, among others .Last year the Choir was invited to the Jewish "Singer" festival in Warsaw, and performed a concert in Budapest. Many of our most enthusiastic spectators are not of the Jewish faith. They are people who wish to expirience the rich wonders of Jewish and Cantorial music.