Singing Through Struggle


Nashirah, The Jewish Chorale of Greater Philadelphia, invites you to a 2nd edition of our Virtual Choral Festival, SINGING THROUGH STRUGGLE

About this Event

“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.

Festival Schedule: Sunday, March 7

11 am-12 pm: Lecture by Dr. Joshua R. Jacobson, "Exploring the 1927 Film, 'The Jazz Singer'"

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


  • Dr. J. Donald Dumpson (Philadelphia)
  • Cantor Natasha J. Hirschhorn (New York)
  • Wisam Gibran (Nazareth)
  • Suzzette Ortiz (New Jersey)
  • Dr. Joshua R. Jacobson (Boston)

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 pm: Sing-Along and Goodbye

Please follow the links below to learn more about the artists:

Dr. J. Donald Dumpson

Cantor Natasha J. Hirschhorn

Dr. Joshua R. Jacobson

Wisam Gibran

Suzzette Ortiz

Dr. Julia Zavadsky




Free to $30

Sliding Scale welcome