Jewish Melbourne - Yiddish Choir on Zoom

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Jewish Melbourne - Yiddish Choir on Zoom

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The 'Mir Kumen On' Yiddish Choir, affiliated with the Jewish Labour Bund Melbourne, migrated to Zoom at the beginning of the pandemic and returned there at each lockdown and, depending on the how restrictions affected singing indoors, during non-lockdown periods.

Holding choir sessions over the internet isn't easy, for example, participants are required to be on mute during songs so that there isn't lag, overlap, and interruption issues. Therefore while singing, one can only hear the pianist, Tomi Kalinski, who runs the sessions.
But it's still an absolutely enjoyable time, seeing everyone and singing the soulful Yiddish songs, even if it's only to yourself. There have been some benefits too: with the online platform, Yiddish lovers from around the world have been able to join our little Melbourne choir, including from France and Scotland.

The weekly zoom choir sessions have definitely lightened some of the darkest periods of my lockdown experience.

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This item was submitted on November 1, 2021 by Joshua Reuben using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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