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Jewish choruses unite for fest

Bill Straney of Albany, front,  sings with a chorus at the Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Bill Straney of Albany, front, sings with a chorus at the Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany.
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The first Albany Jewish Choral Festival on Sunday is a miracle to many and certainly a surprise to others. How many even knew there were Jewish choruses in the area, let alone enough to hold a festival? “It’s a new tradition,” Alma Birnboim, president of the Ne’imah Jewish Community Chorus, said with a laugh. “It all depends on the rabbi and funding. Orthodox don’t approve but Conservative and Reformed temples often have choirs with organ ...

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