Choirs & Music Groups

We offer several delightful opportunities to make beautiful music together at JRC:


JRC has three opportunities to get involved in choir—our Adult, Children and Family choirs—which are all under the direction of Danny Wallenberg. Anyone who enjoys singing can join! Contact Danny at [email protected].

Adult Choir

  • Adult Choir rehearses most Thursday evenings from 7:45-9:30 pm. We hope you'll join us!

  • The Adult Choir performs 4-6 times a year: for the High Holidays, Zemer Am (a multi-congregational choir concert), Shabbat Jazz Service, and occasional Shabbat evenings.

  • We typically perform liturgical music, both modern and traditional scores. Compositions and arrangements by Robert Applebaum have been a big part of our repertoire. We occasionally sing South African pieces because they are fun and add a call for peace and a connection to others around the world.
  • We were thrilled to perform Cantata - Mishkan Halomot: House of Dreams on April 13, 2008, composed by Robert Applebaum, for the dedication of our new building. Bob had been a long-time JRC choir member until he and his wife moved to Palo Alto to be closer to family. We have been honored to perform many of his pieces over the years, including A Friday Nite Jazz Service, and look forward to continuing to do so.
  • We performed Ernest Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service) with the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale on June 18, 2011, having spent much of the year rehearsing for it.
  • Our choir has singles, several married couples, a few parents with older children, and one family that is represented by three generations. A few of us have been in the choir for 30 years. We socialize during break time over tea and homemade desserts and enjoy potlucks with choir members and their families.

Children's and Family Choir

  • Practice is during Hebrew School on Sunday mornings from 10:45 am - 11:30 am, spanning the last 15 minutes of the early religious school session and the first 15 minutes of the late session.

  • Family Choir adds parents' voices to the Children's Choir once a month on Sunday mornings. Dates will be announced.

Heavy Shtetl Klezmer Band 

Put a new reed in your mouthpiece, some rosin on your bow, and come shpiel with JRC’s own house band under the direction of Lori Lippitz Chinitz, JRC member and founder of Chicago’s acclaimed Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Heavy Shtetl performs at a variety of JRC services and programs throughout the year, including Simchat Torah, Hanukkah and Purim Family Services. Contact Lori Lippitz Chinitz.

Alte Rockers

Whatever other congregations may offer, we seriously doubt that they have their own in-house rock band! JRC's Alte Rockers rehearse throughout the year and presents a program of original satirical material every Purim at the Oy Vey Cafe. Contact Lori Lippitz Chinitz.

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In 2008, we built the first platinum LEED-certified green synagogue in North America. The construction required 18 pillars - the number in Hebrew that also means "chai" or "life." 

Now, more than ten years later, JRC has launched the Pillars of Chai Campaign to raise $4.4m to wholly own our beloved building. 


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