There are many ways to share Israel's history. At "Shir Hama'alot" (a Song of Ascents)-a gala concert celebrating Israel's 70th birthday-more than 100 singers will gather at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel to tell Israel's story through song on Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.
The concert is co-sponsored by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago and organized by the Rabbinic Heritage Committee of KAM Isaiah Israel, a synagogue in Hyde Park. The concert will feature The Hyde Park Jewish Choral Society, the Kol Zimrah Choir, the University of Chicago Motet Choir, and cantors from the Chicago area.
"Hyde Park is far from a lot of the Chicago Jewish community," said David Berger, the cantor at KAM Isaiah Israel. "This concert is a way of bringing together the North and South and a way of uniting the community geographically and spiritually."
Selections will include songs from early pre-state Israel, as well as contemporary music that is popular today, according to Berger.
"I believe strongly in putting forward elevated culture as part of the way we celebrate the state of Israel [and] as a way of celebrating Jewish culture," Berger said. "Hebrew and Jewish melodies, and the ideal sense of what it is to be Israeli, come together with great art. This concert is a celebration of those great contributions that have been made."