What They Say About Us…

Thank you for the beautiful and inspiring music once again this year.                                                          —Rabbi Benjamin Adler, Adath Israel Congregation, Lawrenceville, NJ, regarding the Yom Hashoah Commemoration Program on April 23, 2017


It was such a delight taking part in today’s concert. What a great opportunity to sing the wonderful repertoire you picked out for us and enjoy the pleasure of sharing Jewish music with others. Cantor Tilman’s talk was, as usual, engaging and enlightening.                                                                              —J. F., singer in Sharim v’Sharot, regarding the SvS Jewish Choral Festival, held on March 19, 2017


I absolutely loved the singing and the information you gave us about the holiday and its history.  Thank you so very much.  We are a struggling congregation and joining with others is a special treat, especially those who worship differently.  The more we know one another the better the chances for peace.
—Sally M., member of St. Michael’s Church, Trenton, NJ, regarding the Chanukah/Christmas interfaith concert held on Dec. 11, 2016


Again, I am so pleased that SVS participated in the SRSS Concert and that you brought your passion, your understanding of the issues and your musical talent to the project.  Your singers mastered the work and brought exactly the spirit I hoped to create. . . . While many of the pieces are of a difficult nature, the fact that SVS was on top of each and every piece proves to me that this work can, in fact, be done . . . with the right type of musical leadership.                                                                                                          —Francine Gordon, Director of the Sacred Rights, Sacred Song project


I wish to thank you and Sharim v’Sharot for a beautiful, musical, engaging premiere of our “Unending Love.”  The attention to detail made the sometimes interweaving voices float one above the next.  I congratulate and thank you.                                                                                                                          —Jay (Kawarsky), composer of “Unending Love”


I really did enjoy the concert.  Such interesting, eclectic selections, and the choir makes a wonderful, resonant sound.  Kudos to you and to the singers to Sharim v’Sharot!                                                          —R. Goldstone, about the “Unending Love” concert on May 22, 2016


Congratulations on the very lovely concert last Sunday!   We enjoyed it very much. So did our friends. A nice mix and variety of music!                                                                                                                      Gloria and Jerry W., about the “Unending Love” concert on May 22, 2016


The music, spirituality, and resonance of the “Select Choir of Central New Jersey” has blessed events and occasions over the years by keeping Jewish music well and alive for the hundreds, or better thousands, who have come to listen, learn, and enjoy.                                                                                   —Cantor Larry I. Brandspiegel, Beth El Synagogue, East Windsor, NJ


I’ve followed the growth and development of the choir with great admiration. From the outset, Sharim v’Sharot has stood for excellence and authenticity across the breadth and depth of the Jewish choral repertoire.                                                                                                                                                      —Dr. Mark Zuckerman


I was enormously pleased with the performance of my Psalm 1. It was beautifully done, with great depth of feeling, a real sense of proportions, and a full and rich sound.

Thank you for remembering and sending on the tape of your concert. What a fascinating program, so well researched and so well performed! I really appreciate your including the “Yom Gila” as part of it. You have made a tremendous contribution in bringing the world of Sephardic music into focus, and exposing it to a broader public.
―Simon Sargon, Professor of Composition at Southern Methodist University


I want to take this opportunity to thank you and Sharim V’Sharot for bringing your beautiful voices and your love of Jewish music to our Adath students. I was particularly pleased that we were all able to become familiar with new music which was greatly enhanced by your power point presentation.
―Hedda Morton, Director of Congregational Learning, Adath Israel Congregation, Lawrenceville, NJ


Sharim v’Sharot enriched the concert tremendously. I look forward to many joyous experiences together.
―Hazzan Art Katlin, Adath Israel Congregation, Lawrenceville, NJ


Great having you at the Museum. What a wonderful afternoon of great music.
―Michael Berman, Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, Freehold, NJ


I was very pleased with the performance Sharim v’Sharot gave of my “Sha-alu Sh’lom Y’rushalayim” at the 2012 Princeton-Mercer Jewish Choral Festival. The choir sang with great beauty and conviction, and had the audience spellbound throughout. I look forward to more collaborations with this wonderful group.
―Steve Cohen, composer (http://stevecohenmusic.net/)


I must say that the premiere performance of my “Eishet Chayil,” given by Sharim v’Sharot on May 5, 2013, was one of the most emotionally satisfying experiences I’ve had in my composing career. The commission for this piece, from Dr. Allan Freedman, in memory of his late wife, Barbara, prompted me to look at this familiar text in a new way. Under the inspired leadership of Dr. Elayne Robinson Grossman, this small but dedicated choir poured their hearts and souls into their rendition of my piece, and held their audience in rapt attention. I’m very grateful for all the thought and care Sharim v’Sharot lavished on my work, and I look forward to more opportunities to collaborate with them.                                          ― Steve Cohen, composer (http://stevecohenmusic.net/)