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CLIPPERS GAME 2017!

OUR 2018/19 YEAR WILL KICK OFF WITH A BANG: 

WE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT STAPLES CENTER, LA KINGS GAME: 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28th AT 1pm!!

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WE HAVE ALSO BEEN AWARDED–THIRD YEAR IN A ROW–LA COUNTY OF THE ARTS COMMISSION GRANT!!

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AND, THANK YOU TO THE GENEROSITY OF:

Kate Axelrod and Peter Ocko

FOR DONATING $2500 TOWARD OUR UPCOMING YEAR!!

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Our Board of Directors for the 2017/18 Season

President

Dr. Michelle Green Willner

Artistic and Musical Director of the Jewish Community Children’s Choir

Dr. Green Willner received her B.M. degree from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and D.M.A. degrees from Columbia University, New York.  She has received numerous composition awards, and her works have been commissioned and performed by many groups in and around Los Angeles and internationally.  Dr. Green Willner has taught composition and theory at the University of California at Irvine, California State University at Long Beach and the University of Judaism. Dr. Green Willner is also Musical Director of the Sinai Youth Concert Choir and a Max Helfman Music Fellow.

 Director

Sabrina Balter MS

Nutritionist Fitness Consultant

Mrs. Balter enjoys working among children and their parents. She views the JCCC as a wonderful opportunity for Jewish children of all backgrounds to work together to bring joy to the world around them. With experience as a board member of a number of different nonprofit organizations, Mrs. Balter’s enthusiasm for the JCCC and her PR skills will spread the word and bring more children into this wonderful choir.

Director

Sharon Gillerman, PhD

Sharon Gillerman is Associate Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and she also teaches in the Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at USC.  In addition, she has been a visiting professor at Brandeis University, UCLA, the University of Hamburg, and Harvard University. Her daughter, Maya, has been joyfully singing with the JCCC for the past two years.

Treasurer

 Sandra Kapin

As the owner/broker of Allure Real Estate, Ms. Kapin handles all the day-to-day tasks of selling, upgrading, and managing real estate properties. She has served on the boards of homeowners’ associations, trade organizations, and arts organizations, such as the Hollywood Master Chorale since 2009.  She assists with grant writing and publicity.

Ms. Kapin first met and sang with Dr. Willner in 1999, when she was the Music Director of Mit Gezang Yiddish Chorus.

Director

Rachel Roth

Rachel Roth is a Director of Marketing and Sales at Citco Fund Services.  Ms. Roth has worked in the financial industry for the past 17 years.  Prior to that, she used her knowledge of global capital markets and familiarity with the Israeli business world to work with Israeli technology and engineering firms as a financial and strategic advisor, conducting business due diligence and market research and assisting with structuring investments.  She received her MBA in Marketing and International Business from the University of San Francisco and her BA from U.C. San Diego.  She is fluent in English and Hebrew.

Secretary

Stella Rafiei Rahmani, Esq.

Stella Rafiei is an attorney practicing in the Juvenile Dependency and Adoption courts. In past, Ms. Rafie was the treasurer for the Juvenile Dependency Court Bar Association and as an officer of the Bar Association she organized training for Dependency Court attorneys. Ms. Rafiei graduated from U.S.C. with a bachelor in Electrical Engineering. Thereafter, she obtained her Jurist Doctor from Southwestern School of Law.   Her children enjoy singing with the JCCC.

 Director

Malka Schulweis

The JCCC was founded by Rabbi H Schulweis, and Mrs. Schulweis felt compelled to become a part of the organization upon his passing, to assure that his legacy continued on.

Advisor

Sylvia Bernstein-Tregub

The JCCC is privileged to have Mrs. Bernstein-Tregub as an Advisor.  She is currently a board member of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Advisor to the board at Schulweis Institute, Director of College Relations and Planning for the Hebrew Union College, Coordinator of the Life Line Program at Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Executive Director of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice
Community, Relations Director of the Skirball Cultural Center.  In the past she was President of the Valley Beth Shalom Sisterhood, and she was instrumental in establishing the Heschel Day School.

Advisor

Elaine Gill

Born and raised in LA, Elaine Gill is a graduate of UCLA. She and her husband, David, are the parents of four sons and grandparents of seven. Elaine has had a lifelong involvement in music and in the Jewish community. Since its foundation, she has been vice-chairman and an essential force in the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles. A past president of Valley Beth Shalom, she has also served on the boards of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, American Jewish University, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation Council, and is currently president of UCLA Hillel.

2015-16 JCCC SEASON ABOUT TO BEGIN!!

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SOME 2014-15 HIGHLIGHTS:

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JCCC AT THE MOT 2015

Celebrate JCCC 2015

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JCCC AT THE AJU

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JCCC AT THE LA MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST 2015

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JCCC SINGS FOR PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES!!

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MEMBERS OF THE JCCC WITH MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI!!


JCCC FEATURED IN THE JEWISH JOURNAL:

8/7/2015

Jewish children’s choir combines the power of youth with the magic of music

by Jonathan Maseng

Posted on Aug. 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm

It’s Sunday afternoon at the Workmen’s Circle in Pico-Robertson. A group of Orthodox women sit chatting in a back room, while, a few feet away, a father in blue jeans talks with a mother who is clearly not as traditional. In the large social hall, several dozen children — Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and everything in between — sit rail- straight in their seats as Michelle Green Willner shows them some music. This is a rehearsal of the Jewish Community Children’s Choir, a pan-denominational group of children who come together each week to sing and learn about Jewish music.

For Green Willner, it’s a longtime dream that’s finally come to fruition. Growing up in Toronto, at what she describes as a “very singing shul,” Green Willner was fascinated by music from an early age. “I would come home and try and figure out the music that I was hearing at shul,” she said recently at her home in Los Angeles.

That love of music led her to pursue conducting as a student at the University of Toronto, and when she moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago, she dove into the Jewish music scene. Gigs conducting the Workmen’s Circle’s Yiddish choir, creating a children’s chimes choir at Yeshivat Yavneh, and writing and arranging numerous musical works brought her to the attention of Noreen Green, founder and director of the L.A. Jewish Symphony.

“We’re not related at all! Everybody asks that question,” Green Willner said, laughing.

Green wanted Green Willner to meet with Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) Rabbi Harold Schulweis (z’l), who was interested in starting a Jewish children’s choir. Schulweis told Green Willner that “a community that sings together, stays together,” a quote she uses to this day to motivate her choir. The Schulweis Institute, a center for Jewish learning in the San Fernando Valley, provided an initial three-year grant, and in 2011, the Jewish Community Children’s Choir was born.

“We only had eight children our first rehearsal,” Green Willner said. “It’s taken off at the Workmen’s Circle.” Rehearsals regularly draw dozens of children, ages 8-13, from places as diverse as Harkham Hillel, VBS, Temple Israel of Hollywood, Sinai Temple and a host of yeshivot.

“I think everybody’s getting something out of this,” Green Willner said. “We’re all coming for the same reason, we’re all rooting for our children. We all want the best for our children. We want the best education. … No matter where they come from, they all want to learn Torah values, and they want their children to see it in action.”

Green Willner is proud of how the kids interact — children from vastly different backgrounds working together, having fun and singing with joy. She described sitting in the audience at one of the choir’s concerts and watching that synergy in action. “I was sitting behind the children … and they had done some prayers for the soldiers, and one Orthodox boy was sitting next to another boy and answered, ‘Amen,’ and I noticed the other boy look at him, smile and go, ‘Amen.’ ”

The children have performed at venues around the city, from synagogues to the Museum of Tolerance to Israel festivals. According to Green Willner, they’ve enjoyed a very warm reception.

“One of the parents brought an older man to the rehearsal,” Green Willner recalled. “He was sitting on the side while we were practicing … and after we finished one of the pieces, he came over to me. … He was so overwhelmed, he took out his credit card and said, ‘Here, take whatever you need for the choir.’ I said to him, ‘No I can’t take your credit card, but would you do me the honor of, during the break, telling us a little about [yourself].’ ” It turns out the man, Leslie Klein, was a Holocaust survivor.

“He told the children, and started in tears, of how listening to the kids singing reminded him of his sister, who sang in the choir before his sister and parents perished in the Holocaust,” Green Willner said.

The experience also has been moving for the children. “There’s one little girl in the choir who, after every concert, makes me little cards,” Green Willner said. “I get amazing emails from parents.”

She’s particularly proud when she sees children gain confidence through singing. Green Willner described another young girl, who “was so shy, she would not leave her mom’s side. Now she’s my strongest, loudest singer.”

Green Willner hopes that with more exposure, the choir will gain even more participants. “I’d love it to grow and grow and grow,” she said. “I’d love the level of music making to increase and be heightened.

“Their potential is phenomenal, and their ears are phenomenal. … I think it can become even more than it is. It’s brought me a lot of joy,” she continued. “I go in sometimes on Sunday, like we all do when we’re tired from the whole week … and I come out thinking, ‘What else can we do?’ ”

Ford Amphitheater Concert–a “Show Stopper!”

Some comments from the audience and the performers:

“Dear Michelle…Bravo.  We loved your choir!”

“Hi Michelle,  I came to the Ford last night – for the most part – to hear and see your children’s choir..The choir kids did a spectacular job!!!…Yashar Kochech!” -Cantor Aviva Rosenbloom

“The choir was outstanding! …on it, smiling, happy, confident.  Wow.  GREAT work!  Thanks for doing what you do.”–Sam Glaser

 “Hi Michelle,  The choir was a show stopper.  Thank you for your efforts.”