Kol Dodi

Kol Dodi: The MetroWest Community Chorale

Kol Dodi MetroWest logoIf you love to harmonize with other people, come and join Kol Dodi, the MetroWest Community Chorale!

Kol Dodi's mission is to sing and perform high quality Jewish choral music. We are proudly entering our 18th year, serving as music ambassadors to the community at large. Weekly rehearsals are held at JCC MetroWest on Thursdays from 7:50pm to 9:45pm.

About Kol Dodi

Kol Dodi is an ensemble of approximately 50 voices that performs a full spectrum of the music of many and varied Jewish traditions. Formed in 1991, it is led by Cantors Erica Lippitz and Joel Caplan, both prominent leaders in the MetroWest Jewish community.

Cantor Lippitz, one of the first women to be invested as Cantor by the Jewish Theological Seminary, has been with Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange, NJ since 1987. She has performed and taught Jewish music nationally, and recorded several CD's as part of the singing group Beged Kefet.

Cantor Caplan has been with Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, NJ since 1982. He also leads the HaZamir Teen Choir of North Jersey, part of the widely acclaimed HaZamir International Jewish High School Choir. He has conducted the NJ Cantors Concert Ensemble and has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary's cantorial school since 1994.

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“Kol Dodi gives us a chance to explore different aspects of Jewish music,” said Cantor Caplan. “The spectrum is very broad. We sing in English, Hebrew and Yiddish, although no prior knowledge of Hebrew or Yiddish is necessary. We might sing a liturgical piece from the seventeenth century, followed by a contemporary Israeli composition.”

Adds Cantor Lippitz, “We perform music composed by colleagues and friends, as well as pieces by well known composers. Last year, for example, we performed Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Chichester Psalms.’ It was an exhilarating challenge.”

For more information, please contact either of Kol Dodi's co-conductors:

Cantor Erica Lippitz
973-762-7067 ext. 20

Cantor Joel Caplan
973-226-3600 ext. 16


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