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“A good song reminds us of what we’re fighting for.”

--Pete Seeger

If the past year has done nothing else, it has illuminated for us the profound need for social justice in our country, and around the world.  Music has always been an integral part of the struggle for civil rights, for equality, for religious freedom, for… justice.  And the music of the Jewish people has always reflected our deep commitment to the struggle for a more just world.

Join us on Sunday, March 7, when we will present a day of music and conversation exploring the theme of "Singing through Struggle." We will join hands with our brothers and sisters from other minority communities to sing, share our stories, and reflect on our shared commitment to the fight for a more just world, as reflected in our music.

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PROGRAM: Sunday, March 7


11 am-12 pm: Lecture - "Exploring the 1927 Film, 'The Jazz Singer'"


Presenter: Dr. Joshua R. Jacobson (Boston)

1:00-2:15 pm: Panel Discussion - "Minorities in Music"



Moderator: Dr. Julia Zavadsky

2:30-3:30 pm: Gala Concert - "Singing through Struggle"


  • Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, Dr. J. Donald Dumpson, Artistic Director

  • Wisam Gibran, Composer and Oud Performer

  • Suzzette Ortiz, Pianist, Composer and Choral Conductor

  • Zamir Chorale of Boston, Dr. Joshua R. Jacobson, Artistic Director

  • Shirei Chesed Community Chorus, Cantor Natasha J. Hirschhorn, Artistic Director

  • Nashirah, The Jewish Chorale of Greater Philadelphia, Dr. Julia Zavadsky, Artistic Director

3:45-4:00 pm: Sing-Along & Goodbye

The Artists

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More About Each Artist

Dr. J. Donald Dumpson
Cantor Natasha J. Hirschhorn

Dr. Joshua R. Jacobson

Wisam Gibran

Suzzette Ortiz

Dr. Julia Zavadsky



Tickets: $0-30

Sliding Scale available

Ticketing is through eventbrite.

Links to Participate

After registering, you will get your links in two ways:

  1. You will gain access to an "Online Event Page" on eventbrite, where you'll find the links.

  2. We will send you an email with a link to a google doc that includes: links to access each festival activity and important festival preparation information. Please read it thoroughly.

Customer Support

If you need last-minute help with making a purchase or accessing an event, please email  Please include your phone number, so we can get back to you in the fastest way possible.


If you'd like to support Nashirah further, here is our donation link. Thank you very much!

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