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Survivors Join LA. Jewish Community Children’s Choir In Moving Holocaust Commemoration Day Program

Members of the L.A. Jewish Community Children's Choir.
Holocaust survivor Barbara Drotow with members of the L.A. Jewish Community Children's Choir.

Posted Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:41 pm

After the L.A. Jewish Community Children’s Choir  (JCCC) season of eight concerts around the city of L.A., including Staples Center and Dodgers Stadium, the choir had a special opportunity of performing nine pieces at the Los Angeles Jewish Family Service’s Yom Hashoa, Holocaust Commemoration Day for approximately 300 people held  Beverly Hills Beth Jacob Synagogue.

The audience was filled with mostly Holocaust survivors, their families and caretakers.

During one piece, Lechi Lach (Go On Your Journey) by Debbie Friedman, the choristers left the stage to hand each Survivor a flower and sing with them.

In the last piece, Chai, Chai (Alive, Alive), LA JCCC Music Director Dr. Michelle Green Willner, taught the chorus to the audience so that everyone could join in and sing together.

For Oyfn Pripetchik (On the Hearth), the choir was joined by Survivor Barbara Drotow.  The chorus was joined by Cantor Marcus Feldman of Sinai Temple, and soprano soloist, Joy Weiser. Janice Markham-Mautner, guest violinist, and Bob Remstein, also accompanied the choir.

The program coordinator of the Israel Levin Center for the LA JFS, Sherri G. Kadovitz, remarked on Facebook, “Michelle, This was by far the most memorable uplifting Yom HaShoah programs we have ever had. Thank you for everything.”

For more info on the Los Angeles Jewish Community Children’s Choir, and to join them for their 2019/20 season, email, or visit the website,


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