About the project
The Jerusalem Foundation helped establish the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir in 1987. The choir is a citywide amateur ensemble conceived by former Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra manager Yehuda Fickler, who based it on models of amateur choirs from other cities like Berlin and Glasgow. The choir works in small groups in a number of neighborhoods and meets to form a large choral body for orchestral projects. The ensemble gave its debut performance at the Jerusalem Theater in 1989. Since then, it has performed regularly, with the support of the Jerusalem Foundation, representing the city at concerts and official functions and recording three CDs. It has become the largest choir of its kind in Israel, comprising six adult choirs of a total of more than150 singers and two children’s choirs of 40 boys and girls.