Israel placed 5th in song contest, out of 37 nations and 26 finalists

Outside of North America, Eurovision is a global annual song contest, with this year’s slogan, “United by Music.”  Important to note that jury voters gave a ridiculously low number of points to the performance from Israel; Despite this, the public votes propelled Israel into 5th place.  The jury awarded Germany (12th place) and Luxembourg (13th place) double Israel’s 52 points.  However, the public proved their appreciation for the Israeli people, and for Israel’s songwriting and performance by awarding 323 points.

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Israel’s singer Eden Golan performed the song “Hurricane,” and passed all the rules for non-political messaging.  Some of the song’s lyrics:

Someone stole the moon tonight
Took my light
Everything is black and white
Who’s the fool who told you boys don’t cry?


Screenshot from as of 2024-05-15.

37 nations competed, but only 25 became qualified for the contest (Netherlands was disqualified for behavior after the semifinal).


Notable headlines:

At Eurovision, Greta Thunberg did not protest the environment for once, but protested against Israel, and got herself arrested for the news

Eurovision organizers rebuke [non-competing] performer who wore keffiyeh during first semifinal show

Eurovision jury points overwhelm the public votes to grant Switzerland first place, to a male singer wearing a skirt and lipstick

Notable Mentions:  Croatia (2nd place) with the funniest lyric: “Hey, I’m a big boy now / I’m going away and I’m selling my cow.”

Luxembourg, (13th place) with Israeli-born Tali, raised in Chile, Argentina, and Luxembourg, with the wisest lyric, “You’re not 20 anymore / You don’t have time / To act like a child / To just party”

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Spring Concerts – April – Brahms Requiem

14, 19, & 22 Apr 2023: Our spring concert season:

Brahms’ German Requiem, in other words, funeral music, translated into Hebrew, performed with our 16-voice choir accompanied by two pianists.

The text is a bunch of Scriptures about death, the grave, its unavoidability, and the future hope and resurrection; “we shall not all sleep,” and the last Shofar.

Our Scripture ensemble choir is named “Fiat Lux,” Latin for “Let there be Light.”




Thanks to our donors who help towards our travel expenses and ongoing costs:


Daniel Oratorio – March Concert

6 Mar 2023, Samaria:  The concert was a success, attended by around 900 people; We heard so many amazing comments afterwards; some were moved to tears by the music.  Here’s the video and program links:


March 2, 2023 Live Video

Hebrew Brochure

English Brochure


27 Feb 2023 Jerusalem:

Final preparations and rehearsals. Concert is this week, one night only, in Jerusalem.

Promo Flier: English
Promo Flier: Hebrew
During rehearsal

Choir is 84 people plus soloists. Full accompaniment by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, with Eli Jaffe, conductor.


Daniel Oratorio for Choir with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

Update: See this linked post.

13 Jan 2023, Samaria: We are in rehearsals with several choirs in preparation for this March 2, 2023 performance with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Screenshot from the website JSO (Jerusalem Symphony,Orchestra), on 13 Jan 2023.


A December 2016 performance of just the final section, with our Kamti Ensemble Choir:


Details, Names of Performers and Conductor, and Tickets:

Daniel, Musical Play in Two Acts


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Handel’s Messiah & Vivaldi’s Gloria this December & Jan

Dec 2022 & Jan 2023, Israel: Our choir project “Fiat Lux” is now preparing for concerts December thru January for special selected pieces from George Friedrich Handel’s masterpiece “Messiah” in Hebrew.  We seek donations immediately to help with the travel expenses to the rehearsals and concerts.

The Fiat Lux Chamber Choir

Fiat Lux Chamber Choir: The 16 Voice Ensemble of Amutat “Kamti”
This exciting new group presents liturgical music both in original languages and in
Hebrew. The name “Fiat Lux” is from Genesis 1:3 “Let there be Light!” — and that is our calling; to bring Hope and Light to the peoples of our Land; to express in inspiring music the Word and the Light!

Your Support is Needed

Handel “Messiah” in Hebrew:
Tenor Solo (#1): “Nachamu” (Comfort Ye My People)
Chorus (#3): “Venigla” (And the Glory)
Bass Solo: “Kah Amar Adonai” (Thus Saith the Lord)
Chorus (#6) “VeTihar et Bnei Levi” (And He shall Purify the Sons of Levi)
Alto: “HaAlmah Hareh” (Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive)
Alto: “Mevaseret Tzion” (Oh Thou that Tellest)
Chorus (#9) “Al Har Gavoha” (O Thou that Tellest)
Bass Solo: “Ki Hineh haHoshech” (For Behold, Darkness)
Chorus (#12) “Ki Hineh Yeled Yulad Lanu” (For Unto Us A Child is Born)
Soprano Solo: “V’Raim Hayu Az” (There Were Shepherds)
Chorus (#15) “Shevach L’El” (Glory to God)
Soprano: “Gili Meod Bat Tzion” (Rejoice Greatly)
Alto: “Az Tipakhneh Ayinei Aurim” (Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind)
Alto & Soprano: “Kroiah Adro” (He Shall Feed)
Chorus (#19) “U’lo Naim” (His Yoke is Easy)
Chorus: “HalleluJah”

Vivaldi “Gloria” in Latin:
Chorus #1 Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Chorus #2 Et in Terra Pax Hominibus
Chorus #7 Domine Fili
Including all 12 portions.

Final English Announcement Winter Concerts 2022

Final Hebrew Announcement Winter Concerts 2022


Four Performances; these three open to the public:
Dec 20, Tiberias, 19:00-20:00;
Dec 30, Jerusalem, 14:00-15:30;
Jan 7, Nazareth, 20:00-22:00.

Prior Concert video:
Gorgeous Choir Concert in Nazareth


DVD’s are In: Handel’s Messiah

Hebrew-language Live orchestra and choir rendering of Handel’s Messiah.

Minimum donation $20 (add $5 extra for shipping from Israel), and with each copy shipped, we donate one copy FREE to someone in need. For multiple copies, just $10 flat fee shipping–no matter how many you request.



Just send an offering via JTOD “donate” link page and let me know how many copies you request. Audio CD’s also available for minimum $8 donation. The CD is an excerpt of the audio from the same concert as the DVD.

As you know, I’ve been a part of this choir and on the board for years, proclaiming the Word in song in Hebrew.

The quality of audio and video recording here is excellent. Messiah was originally composed in English in about 2 weeks by G.F. Handel and performed first in Dublin, and over the centuries has been translated into many languages. Finally, a first Hebrew translation has been sung within Israel since 2007 and this is perhaps the best recording, outdoors before a live audience gathered at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. A very special event, indeed.

Text from the back of the DVD case: “The beloved classical oratorio “Messiah” by G.F. Handel performed in Hebrew at the most apt of places – the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem where we remember the resurrection of the Messiah.”

Concert Choir News

We have had a wonderful winter season of concerts for the Ensemble Choir program of liturgical Scripture classical music.

Now available: DVD and CD from our performance of Handel’s Messiah!

In Hebrew!

Recorded Live at Jerusalem’s Garden Tomb.