Kol Rinah is Westchester’s Jewish community chorus. We are the choir-in-residence of the Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester in Pleasantville.
Kol Rinah has nearly thirty singers from New York and Connecticut who share a passion for choral singing.
Come join us on our journey as we bring beautiful Jewish music to the Westchester community and beyond!
Kol Rinah, Westchester’s Jewish Community Chorus, was founded in April of 2001 by two singers who wanted to bring Jewish music to a community wider and more diverse than is typically reached by synagogue choirs. We are approximately 25 singers, age 14 – 84, who enjoy performing Jewish music and sharing our cultural expression with others. Although we are often hired to sing at private events like religious school graduations, women’s group lunches, and senior programs, our favorite performances are the large concerts that draw audiences of 50 – 150 people from throughout the county, many of whom have never heard the diversity of Jewish music spanning many hundreds of years from all over the world. We find that audience members of every faith tradition are able to share the uplifting spirituality and entertainment our concerts provide.
Benjamin Gruder is the Artistic Director and Conductor of Kol Rinah, Westchester’s Jewish Community Chorus. He also directs both Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale and the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ) choir in New York City. A trumpet player since the age of seven and bassist after that, he has performed in symphonic, jazz, ethnic, and punk rock ensembles. Ben studied conducting at the University of Memphis and song writing with Jeremy Wall, founding member of Spyrogyra and a Grammy nominee. In addition to arranging and composing choral and instrumental pieces, he created and produced Jonah! A Rock Musical which has been performed in New York and the surrounding metropolitan area.
Connie Prener has been an accompanist and ensemble player (harpsichord and chamber organ) and singer for many years. She has sung with Canticum Novum Singers, La Spiritata and other chamber ensembles. She was assistant director and accompanist of the Choral Arts Society in Briarcliff Manor, New York, from 1991 – 2007. Connie also plays for the Westchester Gilbert & Sullivan Group. She enjoys working with young people both individually and in groups. She often accompanies school choruses and has been rehearsal orchestra pianist in several Pleasantville High School musicals. Connie has accompanied Kol Rinah for the past six years.
Joyous Voice CD Sales
To order copies of Kol Rinah’s CD, “Joyous Voice,” just click here to email us. Please include the following information in your order:
- Mailing address
- Contact phone number
- Email address
- Number of CDs
Then send a check payable to Kol Rinah for $15 per CD plus $2.50 shipping for up to 4 CDs (plus any donation you would like to make to Kol Rinah) to:
Kol Rinah c/o Segal
3179 Arbour Lane
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598