Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus


Keeping Yiddish choral music alive!


For info on all of our upcoming concerts
Click here!

The Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus (JPPC) is part of the modern Yiddish renaissance – more than forty members strong, from students to retirees, a good number of whom speak or are learning Yiddish (though more than half speak no Yiddish, and are attracted by the beautiful Yiddish choral music). The JPPC has a century-spanning repertoire – exciting oratorios and operettas, labor anthems, folksongs, and popular tunes – all in Yiddish. Committed to strengthening Yiddish as a living language, the JPPC has commissioned and premiered new Yiddish choral works by composers Helen Medwedeff Greenberg z"l, Robert Ross, Binyumen Schaechter, Josh Waletzky, and Mark Zuckerman.

The JPPC shares the rich legacy of Yiddish song by performing year-round for old and young of all faiths at community centers, universities, K-12 schools, museums and places of worship throughout NYC's 4-state region. The JPPC has also performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, at Ground Zero and the West Point Military Academy, as well as at the North American Jewish Choral Festival. So that the newest generation can carry on the lamp of Yiddish song, the Chorus also performs with "Di Shekhter-tekhter" (The Schaechter Daughters), a one-of-a-kind all-Yiddish sister duo which has performed around the world since 2008, and about which a film has recently been made. The JPPC also annually gives a NYC spring concert at Symphony Space, open to the public, with highlights from that season's choral repertoire.

Catch up on some recent JPPC press!


See us perform on YouTube!

Find us on Facebook!

Purchase our music!

Join the JPPC's mailing list!

Full name:
Email address:


JPPC's 80th Anniversary Concert

The JPPC is always looking for new audiences to which we can reveal the power and beauty of Yiddish choral music. If you would like your group to have this moving experience, we are ready to help plan a program for you. We can provide either an entire concert or perform several numbers to enhance a commemoration or special event.

For availability and booking arrangements, please email us at the
JPPC. We look forward to hearing from you!


The JPPC performed in front of a crowd of 50,000
at Shea Stadium, NY, on Jewish Heritage Day, 2005,
singing "Amerike di prekhtike" (America the Beautiful)
and the Star-Spangled Banner.


If you have a good voice, enjoy choral singing, and live in the New York metropolitan area, come sing with us.  Reading or speaking Yiddish is not a requirement, because all our musical texts are transcribed into English letters, and word-for-word translations are provided.  
Ability to read musical notes or sight-sing is recommended, but MP3s of vocal parts for each song (including the lyrics) are provided for those who need them.
Auditions are held the three evenings immediately following Labor Day, between 6:00 and 8:00 PM.  In 2014: Tue eve, 9/2, Wed eve, 9/3, and Thu eve 9/4, at the Workmen's Circle, 247 West 37 St, between 7th and 8th Aves, 5th floor.  For those who need, different times can be arranged. 
The Chorus rehearses Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Marseilles, 230 West 103 St (between Broadway & West End Ave, in Manhattan).  Our season runs from the Monday after Labor Day (In 2014: September 8) to early June, with the exception of Jewish and some national holidays.

Questions?  Send an email to the