The Jewish People’s Philharmonic
Chorus (JPPC) is part of the modern Yiddish renaissance. Around forty members strong, singers in this multigenerational
ensemble hold a range of occupations, from students to retirees. Some speak or are learning Yiddish; others don’t
know the language at all. But each member is committed to strengthening Yiddish as a living language and is drawn by
the beautiful Yiddish choral music we learn.
The JPPC is building a century-spanning
repertoire – oratorios and operettas, labor anthems, folksongs, and classic popular tunes – all in Yiddish. We
have commissioned and premiered new Yiddish choral works by composers Helen Medwedeff Greenberg z"l, Robert Ross, Josh
Waletzky, Mark Zuckerman, and by our conductor, Binyumen Schaechter.
We share the rich legacy of Yiddish song by performing annually each spring at
Symphony Space, most summers at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and throughout the year at community centers, universities,
K-12 schools, museums and places of worship in the New York metropolitan area. We have also performed at Carnegie Hall
and Lincoln Center, at Ground Zero, and the West Point Military Academy.
The Chorus often performs with soloists, including "Di Shekhter-tekhter" (The Schaechter Sisters), a one-of-a-kind sister duo that has been delighting audiences all over the world with their
all-Yiddish programs since 2008.