KISHRONIYAH 2019 A CAPPELLA WORKSHOP Adat Ha-Borgrim/Adat Ha-Magshimim

The melody was beautiful as the chanichim (campers) sang the Hebrew words of the song Shir Ha’emek.  The chanichim were divided into three groups singing in different harmonies.

Amichai the Acapella instructor said, “Coming back to Camp Ramah in New England feels like coming home. Singing with new chanichim and old chanichim is very special.”

Maya said, “I like learning the separate parts of a song and hearing how they all come together in the end.”

Ariella said,  “I really enjoy it because I never sang in front of people before and Amichai made the kishroniyah such a warm and welcoming experience.”

Gabriella said, “I love singing and it’s great to learn how to sing in tune and harmonize!”

Ba’ah m’nuchah layageya
umargo’a le’amel.
Layla chiver mistareya
al sdot emek Yizr’el.
Tal milematah ul’vanah me’al,
mibeit alfa ad nahalal.Mah, mah layla mileil?
D’mamah beyizr’el.
Numah emek, eretz tif’eret
anu lecha mishmeret.Yam hadagan mitnoe’a,
shir ha’eder metzal’tzel,
zohi artzi us’doteiha,
zehu emek Yizr’el.
Tevorach artzi vetehulal
mibeit alfa ad nahalal.

Mah, mah…

Ofel behar hagilbo’a,
sus doher mitzel el tzel.
Kol ze’akah af gavoha,
mis’dot emek Yizr’el.
Mi yarah umi zeh sham nafal
bein bein alfa venahalal?

Mah, mah…

Click below to listen to the song and have your chanichim sing it for you at home- Enjoy!

More about the program- Making music without instruments provides a fantastic way to express one’s love for communal singing. Our performance-oriented goals are to learn a small (3-5 songs) repertoire that can be performed in multi-part harmonies. As a culmination of the program, we will perform in front of all of Tzad Bet (B-Side) and record an album of our music that each participant can have to keep!

Amichai Margolis is currently the Musical Director of the Solomon Schechter Lower School of White Plains, NY. He is also the Musical Director of The Orangetown Jewish Center. Amichai founded and directed the Jewish a cappella group Kol B’yachad at Brown University. He also arranged and sang with Pizmon from Columbia University & JTS. Ami is the Rosh Shira at Camp Ramah in Nyack, NY, and he was the Rosh Shira at Camp Ramah in New England from 1998-2005, where he broadened the musical repertoire of the camp as well as directed the staff a cappella group. He currently lives in Orangeburg, NY with his wife, Kari (whom he met at Camp Ramah) and their two children, and he owns and operates “Joyful Studios” on the side. Ami is the leader of the “Amichai Margolis Band,” and his debut album is called “Orah V’Simcha — Light and Joy.” His music can be heard at