Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco (Photo/Flickr user DoNotClick)
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Emanu-El concert to explore Jewish immigrant experience

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The cantors of San Francisco’s Congregation Emanu-El will join with other singers from across the United States and Israel for “Koleinu: Hear Our Voices, Coming to America” on Jan. 31 at Emanu-El.

Koleinu (which means “our voices” in Hebrew) is an ensemble that will gather annually at the synagogue to perform. The theme of this inaugural performance is “Coming to America,” a musical journey exploring Jewish immigration to America. The concert will feature original compositions inspired by music from Broadway and the Yiddish theater, folk music and other sources.

Emanu-El cantors Marsha Attie, Arik Luck and cantor emerita Roz Barak will be joined by singers Noah Aronson, Josh Britzer, Rollin Simmons, Lizzie Weiss and Gideon Herscher, who also serves as an executive with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

The two-hour performance begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Martin Meyer Sanctuary of Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. For tickets and additional information, call (415) 751-2535 or visit