About Us

Tizmoret is 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 seven CDs, as well as two EPs. Tizmoret has performed for college campuses, countless b’nei-mitzvah and synagogues, and various music festivals across the Eastern United States. They have performed in Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, won the 5th annual Long Island College A Cappella Challenge in 2010, annually tour the east coast and beyond, performed in Italy at a New Year’s party, performed at the annual White House Hanukkah party in 2014, won Kol HaOlam (the National Jewish Collegiate A Cappella Competition) in 2011, 2012, and 2015, and competed in the 2017 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA)!

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. He also is one of three recipients of the Covenant Award for 2016! More details here: http://www.covenantfn.org/news/three-jewish-educators-leaders-of-innovation-and-impact-in-the-field-receive-the-2016-covenant-award/

President: Thalia Sharon

Thalia is a soprano in Tizmoret and senior 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 presidential legacy with Tizmoret!!

Assistant Music Director: Aaron Kohl

Aaron is BACK! He was in Tizmoret for a short time just a few years ago, but he went away to Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. After he transferred to Yeshiva University he returned to the group to grace us with his presence and angelic voice. He is excited to be taking on the role of assistant music director, working closely with Daniel as well as Thalia.

Sopranos

Rebecca Robin

Rebecca Robin is a student at Stern College for Women and is Tizmoret's newest soprano!

Altos

Esti Mellul

Esti Mellul is studying to receive her MA in Communication at Rutgers University. Esti also teaches theater at Black Box Studios, started the theater group Shem Productions at Rutgers, is an alumnus of Kol Halayla (Rutgers Premier Jewish A Capella Group), writes and sings her own music and has won 5 hotdog eating competitions in 2016 alone. (4 out of 5 of those are true, you can choose your favorite.) Esti is excited to continue her a cappella career in Tizmoret!

Tamara Heller

Tamara Heller is a sophomore at Queens College. When she's not singing, you may find her working on her newest art project (she designed our album "Score" if that's any indication). No, she is not related to our tenor, Simcha.

Tenors

Azriel Zylberberg

Azriel Zylberberg is a sophomore at Brooklyn College, and is one of Tizmoret's veteran tenors!

Bentzion Goldman

Bentzion Goldman is a student at Parsons School of Design and is Tizmoret's newest tenor!

Basses

Cory Hecht

Cory Hecht (Former President/Webmaster /Bass/Vocal Perussion) is a senior studying vocal music 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. Some of his achievements outside of Tizmoret include singing for the Israeli consul by invitation for Israel’s 60th birthday, performing at Carnegie Hall, creating/maintaining multiple websites (including this one), performing with Josh Groban at Nikon Jones Beach Theater and PNC Arts Center in New Jersey, and competing in the 2016 American Beatbox Championships. 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.

Jeremy Gruen

Jeremy Gruen, a freshman at Baruch College, is no longer "that kid who sings with Tizmoret but isn't actually in the group". He's going to have a difficult time adjusting from "Mr. Henkin" to "Daniel" but he has faith in himself. He's known as the bass-boxer who is Nathaniel Ribner, just five years later. He's looking forward to making some awesome music with some awesome people.

Yoni Gelfand

Yoni Gelfand is a sophomore at Baruch College. He auditioned for Tizmoret, not realizing how drastically it would alter his life once accepted. He does still sing in the shower, though.