Matthew Lazar

Registration is Open for the 2024 Jewish Choral Festival Where Singing Takes Center Stage

Each year, the North American Jewish Choral Festival (NAJCF) attracts hundreds of singers from across the country who enjoy five magical days of a life-changing musical experience by expressing themselves through song. One harmonious choral community is led by renowned conductors creating a melodic tapestry of contemporary, folk, classical, and traditional music. The 35th annual event will be held from July 14-18, 2024, in Westchester County. Registration is now open. 

“The festival is for anyone who wants to experience the joy of Jewish music,” says Matthew Lazar, Festival Founder and Director. “The participants are multi-generational and include amateur singers, professionals, cantors, conductors, and lovers of Jewish music of all ages.”

Festival participants enjoy a variety of uplifting Jewish musical experiences. These include daily community sings; workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics; and evening concerts featuring guest choirs and outstanding performers. 

“I have been attending the North American Jewish Choral Festival since 2002. It’s one of the highlights of my year and a great opportunity to participate and to be inspired by all the music going on around you,” comments Steve Cohen of New York. “I particularly enjoy the instant ensembles, where all festival singers learn and rehearse a musical program which is presented at the end of the festival. I am always amazed at what can be accomplished in a few days. It is a testament to the power of a group dedicated to a goal, with every individual blending into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.”

New for 2024, NAJCF is offering a “Boot Camp” for beginning choral singers and those needing to brush up their skills. This special track will help participants learn to follow a score, understand rhythm, blend with others, and more. 

Each year, the festival presents the Hallel V’Zimrah Award to honor individuals who have made important contributions to the world of Jewish music. This year’s honoree is Jack Mendelson, a world-renowned cantor and international performer, who is being recognized for his artistry as well as his devotion to the choral music of the synagogue. 

According to Barry Brian of California, “The Festival represents my five favorite days of the year. I connect to my Jewish heritage through music and form an emotional bond with hundreds of people to create glorious sound.”

“The Festival is an uplifting experience for people of all denominations who have Jewish connections to come together through their love of music,” adds Sharon Greene of Florida.

“Whether you’re a novice or a pro, you’ll leave with new skills, new music, and new friends to cherish from this unique and unforgettable Choral Festival,” concludes Maestro Lazar.

Program fees for the 5-day Festival including kosher meals are $1295. Young people up to age 35 can participate for a price of $900 including hotel accommodation. The North American Jewish Choral Festival is a program of the Zamir Choral Foundation. Visit to register for this year’s Festival. For more information, visit