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Montreal Shira Choir Spotlight


Lenore Vosberg

My name is Lenore Vosberg and I have been a volunteer with the Montreal Shira Choir since it was first established in 2019. I got involved after Cantor Danny Benlolo had performed with his nephew Joshua at a Benefit Concert for the Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia University where I am the Director. Cantor Benlolo asked me to help him recruit choir members so that he could start a new choir in Montreal featuring adults with a variety of physical and developmental disabilities. This was shortly after he returned to Montreal from Ottawa where he started and lead the Tamir Neshama Choir for several years. I contacted people in the community, and we started the choir with about 10 members. The choir has grown considerably, and it is such a pleasure to see everyone thriving as they sing and learn new songs together. It is a wonderful experience for all. Thank you to Cantor Benlolo for his warmth and enthusiasm which enables each person to excel. We all look forward to being back in the community performing beautifully and bringing pleasure to audiences in Montreal.


Jonah Ben Davis Yanofsky

My name is Jonah Ben Davis Yanofsky and I am 22 years old. I was born in Montreal. I attend a program at L'Edifice Fillion and Concordia Centre for the Arts in Human Development and studio school. My hobbies include going to the country, ordering food from restaurants, playing crossword puzzles, hosting Krystle in my backyard, going to the recording studio, music and drama and visiting my grandmother. My family and I like to go to the country and have Evan and Noah visit us in our backyard. We like to check the status of the virus in the news and to also find out how many people got the vaccine. We like to swim in the outdoor blow up pool in the summer and attend services at the Temple. I joined the Shira choir because I like to sing. I am learning a new song called Just As I Am with the rest of my friends from the choir. The choir continued rehearsals online during the pandemic and that way I get to see all my choir friends every week. I get to sing Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens. I get to ask what kind of risk Cantor Benlolo is taking. I like that I got to do it before and even after the pandemic.

The picture was taken at my graduation from Summit School. The picture includes my mom, my dad and our dogs Lexi and Phoebe. My dad passed away in December.


Max Kasner

My Name is Max Kasner.  I am 25 years old and I was born in Montreal. Growing up, I attended Solomon Schechter Academy and completed my education at Summit School. I work at JEM Workshop. My Hobbies include spending time online, listening to Music, acting, singing, walking, and spending time with my family. I joined the choir to become a better singer and to add to my performing arts experience.  The Choir has become a very important part of my life !!! I’m grateful to everyone who works hard to keep the Choir even during the pandemic and I am looking forward to many more years with this incredible group !!!

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