About Us

Tizmoret is in its nineteenth year as Queens College Hillel’s professional Jewish a cappella group. Tizmoret draws singers from colleges throughout the New York City area and has taken Jewish collegiate a cappella to the next level, performing classic Jewish melodies, American pop music and contemporary Israeli tunes. They have produced six CDs, and just recently released their first EP, Where We Begin. Tizmoret has performed for college campuses, countless b’nei-mitzvah and synagogues, and various music festivals across the Eastern United States. They recently toured the east coast, won the 5th annual Long Island College A Cappella Challenge, won Kol HaOlam, (the National Jewish Collegiate A Cappella Competition) two years in a row, performed in Italy at a New Year’s party, and performed at the annual White House Hanukkah party in 2014!

Director: Daniel Henkin

For over twenty five years, Daniel Henkin has conducted Jewish and secular choirs for children, teenagers, and adults, and has produced more than a dozen albums of Jewish and secular choral music. He has directed ensembles at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Merkin Halls. As an arranger and conductor, Daniel has helped pioneer the contemporary Jewish a cappella movement today. His choral arrangements are performed by ensembles throughout North America and Israel, and have shaped the sound and style of this generation’s Jewish a cappella choirs. Daniel Henkin received his BA in Music and Philosophy from Columbia University, and his Masters degree in Music Composition from Indiana University’s School of Music. Daniel is Director of Music at the Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan. He has taught music at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union and at the Yeshivah of Flatbush.

Sopranos

Brittney Warner

Brittney Warner is a sophomore at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Before joining Tizmoret, Brittney managed the a cappella groups Chock Full of Notes and Noteworthy at Plainview Old-Bethpage JFKHS. She is excited to continue pursuing her a cappella passion throughout college and beyond!

Tali Rainess

Tali Rainess is a returning member of Tizmoret. She graduated from Queens College and plans to go to graduate school for music therapy. She's a big fan of kittens, puppies, oreos and Disney movies (especially Frozen!). Tizmoret is a second family to her so she is excited to be reunited with the Tiz crew once again!

Thalia Sharon

Thalia Sharon is a freshman at New York University. She attended Ramaz Upper School and spent a year in Israel and around the world on Kivunim. Thalia served as president of the Ramaz Chamber Choir and is excited to continue her a cappella career with Tizmoret!!

Altos

Gabrielle Reich

Gabby, Gabs, Gabber, or Gabrielle, whatever you prefer to call her- is in her second year as an alto in Tizmoret. She’s loved singing since her first grade “Apples & Bananas” debut, and has been harmonizing with every melody ever since. Singing one solo after another all through elementary and high school, and getting the Lead in the play at Camp Lavi, Gabrielle has always had a passion for performing. When she’s not belting those notes, she can be found at her latest talk show internship, cooking, instagramming, dressing the group for outings, or completing her senior year at Brooklyn College with a major in Television and Radio.

Leora Graber

Leora Graber, returning for her third year as co-president of Tizmoret, is an amazing, angelical, ambitious, abstract, admirable, adroit, and sometimes even aerial alto! Leora is a junior at Queens College, studying Psychology with a minor in Dance. Leora has always loved singing, dancing, and acting and she continues to bring that love with her to Tizmoret. As graceful as she usually is, however, even after 12 years of classical ballet lessons, Leora still manages to be a klutz, along with getting easily scared by the shiny side of aluminum foil, revolving doors, and grass. Outside of Tizmoret, Leora will be found doing pretty much the same thing as while she’s with Tizmoret: singing…and annoying the heck out of everyone whom she knows and loves in the process.

Maddy Rosenbaum

Maddy Rosenbaum is Tizmoret’s newest alto! Ever since she was a little girl music has always been her passion. Maddy spent last year in Israel volunteering and studying at Machon Maayan, and is now a student at Stern College for Women studying Speech Pathology. During her free time she enjoys exploring NYC, zumba, eating Chobani and Snapchatting. Maddy co directed a high school a cappella group her senior year and is eager to continue her a cappella career with Tizmoret. She is so excited to be a part of the Tiz family!

Nicole Zweiter

Whether it’s belting into her shower faucet or rocking out in her car, Nicole Zweiter is happiest when she is singing her heart out. She has lent her talents to the Frisch School Choir and Medley, HaZamir, as well as Camp Morasha harmonies for the past four summers. She is so excited to bring her hairbrush karaoke skills and experience to Tizmoret, and she is looking forward to learning from her fellow a-ca-people. Nicole is a freshman at John Jay College, has a love of pizza and pillow pets, an irrational fear of haircuts, and can quote you the entirety of Pitch Perfect.

Tenors

Nathaniel Ribner

Sweet and smooth, like silk, the alluring voice of Nathaniel Ribner (Co-President) has been the object of much speculation amongst scholars. Anthropologists suggest that the alluring undulations of his tenor voice can be traced back to the musical bards of Grecian Aristocracy. It was they who served as the inspiration for Homer’s mythical creatures, the Sirens, from whose voices no mortal could escape enchantment. Is Nathaniel a descendent of these Bards? Or was Homer’s writing more than just fiction? Until this mystery is resolved, doctors recommend that it is safest to hear Nathaniel (who is also the Musical Director of the Y-Studs) sing amidst the singers Tizmoret. These singers, while surely not demigods, are heroic mortals powerful enough to keep Nathaniel’s alleged enchantment safely at bay… Also, Jesse Shore wrote this bio.

Simcha Schoenbrun

Simcha Schoenbrun, after returning to QC from an epic quest, decided that since he loves singing so much, he would take a shot at joining Tizmoret as a tenor. Successful in completing this endeavor, he is now able to check this off his list and move on to far less pressing matters, like taking over the world or learning to move objects with his mind. A natural redhead, Simcha is a Scorpio, loves his bourbon neat, and sometimes walks with a cane for funsies.

Basses

Cory Hecht

Cory Hecht (Webmaster /Bass/Beatbox) is studying music education with a choral concentration at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Prior to Tizmoret, he was a member of the B Sharps and Chock Full of Notes, both at Plainview Old-Bethpage JFKHS, and he founded and was the president of Stay Tuned at SUNY Potsdam. His achievements in life include singing for the Israeli consul by invitation for Israel’s 60th birthday, performing at Carnagie Hall, creating/maintaining multiple websites, and more. Cory is a member of CASA (Contemporary A Capella Society of America), AEA (A cappella Educators Association), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), and NAfME (National Association for Music Educators). For more information please visit www.CoryHecht.com.

Eitan Rubin

Eitan Rubin, formerly known to many as ‘J-money’, is a bass in the Tizmoret crew. Attending Kushner Yeshiva High school and just getting back from a year at Eretz Hatzvi, Eitan discovered his love for singing in the comfort of his shower. Though he does come from a long lineage of talented singers, Eitan has always been a music lover. He started from teaching himself how to play guitar (lefty at that) to joining an awesome band, all in under 4 years time. While he is not listening, playing or singing music Eitan can be found selling pickles, taking pictures, socializing with girls, watching breaking bad…the list can go on and on.

Jake Litwin

Jake Litwin is Tizmoret's newest bass!!