St Kilda Shule to host multi-faith social music initiative

October 31, 2019 by Community newsdesk
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St Kilda Shule CEO Rabbi Ronnie Figdor and his wife have been following the progress of an Israeli social music initiative, Koolulam, for the last 18 months which has brought Israelis together to sing for a one-off event.

One of their highlight events was for Israel’s 70th anniversary when Koolulam brought together 12,000 people who hadn’t met together to learn a song and sing it live for a production. But it was a smaller initiative just before Pesach this year organised by Shivtei Yisrael Synagogue in Ra’anana that made them realise that a Shule could pull off a similar event on a smaller scale.

To spread the message of peace, the Shule has reached out to communities of other faiths for a one-off social music initiative, entitled “Sing As One”, to take place in the near-thousand-seat St Kilda Shule at 8:00pm on Sunday 24th November.

“Social media has been used to disseminate division and hatred, but now we are using the same medium to spread peace and unity”, Rabbi Figdor said.

Under the tagline “Many voices. One Message”, members of the Jewish community will sing together with members of the Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and indigenous Australian faiths.


The production team includes well-known personalities Director Pip Mushin, Associate Producer Chazzan Brett Kaye, Musical Director Adam Starr and production manager Danny Olesh, whose clients include Guy Sebastian, Tina Arena and Dami Im.

Attendees will learn one of three vocal parts in less than an hour and will then perform the song live for production.

Tickets for the event are available at

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