The Kolot HaLev Annual Concert

Cantata Ebraica

The Music of the Italian Jews through the Centuries

Honoring the 500th Anniversary of the Venetian Ghetto

Sunday April 3 • 4pm

Ohr Kodesh Congregation
8300 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815


ADMISSION: $20 adults ($25 at the door)
$10 students & children

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From the 16th century to the present day, the impact of Italian art and popular music on the musical field has been overwhelming.  This same land of opera and bel canto has made a solid imprint on the liturgy of the Jews as well.  So welcoming was this land that Jews referred to it as I-Tal-Yah (Hebrew for “Island of God’s Dew”).

Join Kolot HaLev and an ensemble of musicians as we celebrate the music of the Italian Jews. Enjoy a compilation of Jewish melodies with an operatic and popular flavor: music from Venice, Florence, Livorno, and Rome.

This concert is held with the helpful support of Ohr Kodesh Congregation and is part of the Festival Ebraico events - Honoring the 500th Anniversary of the Venetian Ghetto - festival-ebraico.njapf.com/

Plus - Preconcert Lecture:

A History of the Venetian Ghetto

Prof. Holly Hurlburt, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University

Sunday April 3 • 2:45 - 3:30 pm

Ohr Kodesh Congregation
8300 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Holly Hurlburt, a scholar of Renaissance Venice, will discuss the conditions that led to the creation of the Venetian ghetto, the creativity and integration with larger Venetian culture that occurred despite segregation, and the history of the ghetto since Napoleon broke down its gates in 1797.

Dr. Holly Hurlburt earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2000 and came to SIU in the same year. She teaches western civilization and world history as well as courses in early modern Europe, and women, family, gender and sexuality. Her research focuses on women, gender and political power in late medieval and early Modern Italy.

Palgrave Macmillan press published her book, The Dogaressa of Venice: Wife and Icon in 2006, and she spent 2007-08 at Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy, working on her second project, the focus of which is gender in the Venetian overseas empire.

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A Taste of Cantata Ebraica

A Taste of Cantata Ebraica — the 2016 Kolot HaLev Annual Concert

Some moments from a recent rehearsal for Kolot HaLev's upcoming concert: Cantata Ebraica — The Music of the Italian Jews Through the Centuries


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Kolot HaLev - Voices of the Heart - embodies the love of music and the community of people who come together every Thursday evening to learn new music and sing together as one voice. We thrive in seeing the happiness on the faces of our concert audiences, the excitement in the air, and the explosion of applause and bravo’s!


Kolot HaLev has performed in various venues, including the North American Jewish Choral Festival, the Jewish Heritage Museum in New York City, Arlington National Cemetery, and elsewhere in the DC area.


Our mission is to recover the treasures of Jewish music that have disappeared from our communities and bring them back for everyone to hear and enjoy, as well as to acquaint audiences with newly composed inspiring Jewish choral music.


Through our music, we aspire to build bridges between denominations through the experience and spirituality of this profoundly moving choral music.


Audiences have been pleasantly surprised that a community choir, without auditions, sings sophisticated and varied music at such a high level.