Join the New York Cantors on a mission to inspire hope for Jews across America

$3,230   raised
GOAL: $125,000

25 days to go

21

 Donors

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

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Music is the map of the Jewish spirit, tracked across centuries, illuminating our prayers and supporting us in joy and sorrow. Never has music been more essential than it is in our time. That’s why we, the New York Cantors, want to take our PBS concert on a live tour across the U.S.!

WHO WE ARE

Yaakov Lemmer, Azi Schwartz and Netanel Hershtik are accomplished, new-generation cantors all serving synagogues in New York and dedicated to preserving, supporting and bringing Jewish music to a wider audience. Yanky, Azi and Netanel see their concerts, touring, and television appearances as an extension of their work in their synagogues, part of their life-long commitment to being messengers of the ancient prayers, and explorers of the rich musical traditions in Jewish culture.

OUR PBS CONCERT

Brought together by U.S. public television for a recording in Amsterdam’s ancient Portuguese Synagogue, The New York Cantors TV concert has been seen by well over a million Americans since it premiered on PBS in March 2018. With its compelling mix of sacred and secular Jewish music and beautiful new arrangements for orchestra and chorus, the PBS TV concert has become an instant classic. In total, 270 telecasts were offered in March by 181 of the PBS stations, in 94 TV markets, and 31 states.

Yanky, Azi and Netanel are keen to tour a live version of their PBS concert. Fans of the PBS program are equally keen to experience it live. But staging concerts with a 16-piece orchestra, and four-voice chorus is an undertaking with a lot of expensive moving parts. The only way to build a healthy and long-running touring operation for concerts of this quality is to find investors, sponsors, and passionate fans of our music to pitch in and support it up-front.

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For the gift of Jewish music for our Jewish communities

 

YOUR IMPACT

So here is where you come in. We need you to join us in bringing the power of music to our communities all over the United States. By supporting this inspiring touring project you will become a Friend of the The New York Cantors. Depending on your donation level, this means access to our music, DVD, concerts, meet and greets, and of course, getting to tell all your friends and family that you are friends with The New York Cantors (at least, we think that’s pretty awesome ;)).

How the Friends Touring Fund will work:

  • Venues: We will spend at least half of our funding to subsidize the basic cost of staging the concert in synagogues and concert venues in U.S. cities. This will enable us to reduce the “guarantee” presenters would normally need to pay to cover the basics. Which will make their risk much more acceptable— and concerts more likely.
  • Seed Money: Since we will be assuming some of the presenters’ risk, we will be asking to earn a percentage on ticket sales after expenses. Those profits, when they occur, will be used to subsidize more concerts and reach more fans of the music. In this way the $125,000 we seek to raise is the seed money that will eventually make touring self-sustaining.
  • Outreach: We will invest heavily in social media outreach as well as traditional publicity to create national awareness and engagement with The New York Cantors, building on their introduction by PBS. We will promote concerts locally through advertising, posters, and outreach to local Jewish communities.
  • Marketing: We will create a much-needed website that showcases our incredibly gifted cantors and the music they love to sing. And serve as the information hub and meeting place for Friends of the The New York Cantors to meet each other and keep in touch. Marketing and PR is expensive any way you slice it. But we will spend wisely and always with the end goal of bringing this unique concert experience to as many communities as possible.

ABOUT US

Yanky
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If you’ve read this far you already know that we are three cantors completely into Chazzanut, Yiddish folk, and other “music of memory.” I’m Brooklyn born-and-raised and started my career as soloist of the Young Israel of Beth El Choir, where I was extremely lucky to have been chosen for private lessons by the great Cantor Ben Zion Miller. I later studied at Yeshiva University with Joseph Malovany and Bernard Beer. Additionally, I later studied with legendary Cantor Noach Schall. While I am honored to be invited to sing in concert halls and synagogues all around the world as a solo artist, and also sometimes with my Grammy award winning Jazz/Klez friend Frank London, this project with Azi and Netanel is very special to me. I hope you will consider joining and contributing as a Friend of The New York Cantors and that we’ll meet at some future concert, made possible by your help.
As one,
Yanky
www.cantorlemmer.com

Azi
Azi
Yanky, Netanel and I are all fortunate that the synagogues we serve are not only incredibly supportive of the work we do in our own congregations but also generously encourage us to pursue our mission of musical and spiritual outreach to the larger community. We want to help individuals tap into their emotional connection with Judaism through this music. I grew up in a traditional community in Israel. My grandfather, also a cantor, inspired me to pursue my passion for singing and music. After graduating from Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute I continued studying music with a Masters in Classical Singing and Conducting from Mannes School of Music. This journey brought me to New York where I lead the Park Avenue Synagogue community and express my love of bringing Jewish liturgy to the broader world. With your help we can share our ancient tradition even further, in a way that is dynamic, powerful and alive.
With blessings,
Azi
www.azischwartz.com


Netanel
Netanel

Although we are all well along in our cantorial careers, and perform regularly around the world, Yanky, Azi and I feel a bit like we won the lottery in being asked by PBS to perform together for the TV concert recorded in Amsterdam. It was a dream project, working with a wonderful Dutch orchestra and the amazing composer and arranger Bob Zimmerman, who breathed new life into some very familiar songs. My musical life started at age seven, singing alongside my father, Chief Cantor at the Jerusalem Great Synagogue. I graduated from the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute and also studied with renowned cantors Chayim Feifel, and Raymond Goldstein. Coming from 16 generations of cantors in my family, I know the importance and joy in keeping the Jewish musical tradition alive. Please support us in taking The New York Cantors on the road, across the U.S.
Shabat shalom,
Netanel

The New York Cantors’ producer is Daniel Hart, veteran creator of PBS concerts for television. Our beloved touring guru is Moishe Rosenfeld, whose New York-based Goldenland Concerts books and manages our touring. (www.goldenland.com ) Maestro Andrew Kurtz, Music Director and Conductor of the Gulf Coast Symphony, Ft. Myers, Florida, is our Tour Conductor. And pianist, recording artist and Grammy-winning composer Michael Whalen is our digital/social media marketing and production advisor.

TIMELINE

Help us use music as a healing power of our heritage, as a way to understand who we are, and to provide hope and comfort to our troubled world. Together we can watch, listen, and sing for a better tomorrow.

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Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

Your donation is tax deductible!

All donations to this charitable cause are collected by Jewcer, and donations exceeding the fair-market value of goods/services received are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Join the New York Cantors on a mission to inspire hope for Jews across America

$3,230   raised
GOAL: $125,000

25 days to go

21

 Donors

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The New York Cantors

Yaakov (Yanky) Lemmer is cantor of the Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City; Azi Schwartz, a native of Israel, cantor at New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue; and Netanel Hershtik, also Israeil-born serves as cantor at The Hampton Synagogue, Westhampton Beach, New York.

  • Coffee Friend
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    Like getting coffee for you and a friend, we are so grateful for the choice you've made to take the time out of your day and support our Jewish mission of bringing us together through the power of music! You get a choice of three free digital song downloads from The New YorkCantors CD!

  • Coffee and a bagel Friend
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    Thank you for joining us as we gather together to make a difference in Jewish communities around America. You get a choice of 5 free digital song downloads from The New York Cantors CD!

  • Brunch Friend
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    You are contributing towards the betterment of our Jewish lives and strengthening our communities. Getting better acquainted, you become: -Charter Memership, Friends of The New York Cantors, recognized in the Friends Rollcall listing on our Facebook page and website -get a free full download of CD, or we mail you a physical CD

  • Hit-the-bars kind of Friend, you rock!
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    Now we're starting to celebrate! Thank you for paving the way for a more connected Jewish community through the power of music! We'd like you to have: -Charter Membership, Friends of The New York Cantors, recognized in the Friends Rollcall listing on our Facebook page and website -DVD mailed to you plus full digital download of CD/or we mail you a physical CD

  • Truly Generous Friend
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    Your generosity truly makes an impact on our Jewish future in America."...that’s what friends are for” plays in our heads as we: -enroll you as a Charter Member in Friends of The New York Cantors recognized in the Friends Rollcall listing on our Facebook page and website -offer you a free digital download or mail copy of the CD -ship you 3 DVD's

  • Friend with spiritual benefits
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    We can't thank you enough for choosing to be a part of our musical mission. We know that we have the power to affect positive light on all our Jewish friends. You can get your Hannukah gift list started with: -Charter Membership, Friends of The New York Cantors, recognized in the Friends Rollcall listing on our Facebook page and website -we ship you 8 DVD’s -free digital download of entire CD

  • Friend with Concert Tickets
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    You hold the ticket to creating a more inclusive and connected world for our Jewish friends and family! Thank you for your support! With this donation you'll receive: -One pair of prime seating concert tickets good for any U.S. concert of The New York Cantors from March 1 2019 to March 1 2021 -Charter Membership, Friends of The New York Cantors, recognized in the Friends Rollcall listing on our Facebook page and website -Five free CD’s plus five free DVD’s mailed to you

  • VIP Friend
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    You are that special friend that everyone wants to be around, aren't you? Thank you for supporting this mission to strengthen our Jewish communities! With this donation you'll receive: -One pair of prime seating concert tickets, plus an after-show meet-&-greet with the cantors at any U.S. concert of The New York Cantors from March 1, 2019 to March 1 2021 -Charter Membership, Friends of The New York Cantors, recognized in the Friends Rollcall listing on our Facebook page and website -Five free CD’s plus five free DVD’s mailed to you

  • Friends In High Places
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    Wow! What an incredible act of influence you have over our Jewish communities. Your generosity will provide the connected space we all yearn for as Jews in today's world. If you have a family foundation, represent a foundation or have a company or product you would like to be recognized as a sponsor of The New York Cantors, we would love to work with you and acknowledge your support by featuring: -your foundation name or company logo, on our Facebook page, website and all print and social media concert promotion for concerts March 1 2019 through March 1 through 2021 -and reserving two pairs of prime seating VIP concert tickets, plus an after-show meet-&- greet with the cantors at any U.S. concert of The New York Cantors from March 1, 2019 through March 1, 2021. -and sending you 15 DVD’s and 15 CD’s

  • Friends For Life
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    We are speechless (or should we say songless?)! Your immense support will bring thousands of Jews together to experience a connection and revitalization of our people! Thank you so very much! For foundations and company sponsors, the ultimate recognition of support: -your foundation name or company logo, acknowledging your generosity on our Facebook page, website and all print and social media concert promotion March 1 2019 through March 1 2022 -10 pairs of prime seating concert tickets, plus an after-show meet-&-greet with the cantors at nd any U.S. concert of The New York Cantors from March 1, 2019 to March 1, 2021 through 2022 -25 DVD’s and 25 CD’s shipped to you

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