The San Diego Jewish Men's Choir (SDJMC) has been performing for over 16 years. The choir has more than 25 members who share a common goal — the preservation and promotion of Jewish choral music. They fulfill this mission through concerts, recordings, community outreach events, and appearances at festivals. The choir is affiliated with the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity in Los Angeles, a non-profit organization sharing similar goals.
Under the musical direction of Ruth Weber, the men’s choir performs over 30 concerts a year throughout the Southern California area. They have been featured on the Chabad Telethon, on the documentary, Forever Strong, releasing in July 2015, and as back up singers for the Grammy nominated children’s artist Mr. G. They perform music of all styles including, liturgical, pop, folk, gospel and musical theater, and sing in Hebrew, English, Yiddish, and Ladino.
The L’ Chaim Magazine gave the choir’s debut album “a big mazel tov,” and the San Diego Jewish Times reviewed their semi-annual festival declaring, “Chanukah JAM a Sweet Confection.”
SDJMC’s first album, Heritage, released in 2014, is a compilation of historically significant Jewish Choral Music.
This album recently was a winner in the Global Music Awards 2014. Part of the proceeds went toward distributing free Heritage CDs to Jewish senior homes, libraries, and religious schools throughout the U.S. to help ensure that this music will be enjoyed for generations to come.
The choir’s second album, Kochi, which includes beautiful arrangements by 2014 Grammy award-winning composer/producer Ricky Kej, releases on August 7, 2015. It is a musical celebration of the history of the Jews in India, and features timeless Jewish melodies blended with traditional Indian instrumentation. A portion of these proceeds will go to the Gabriel Project Mumbai, a non-profit service organization which provides nutrition, literacy, and basic hygiene needs to thousands of children in the slums of Mumbai, India.
The choir's most recent album, Legacy, was completed during the pandemic in 2020 and won a Global Music Award.
The album features historically relevant Jewish music in the Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino languages and has been featured on many Jewish radio stations.