The View Welcomes Choir Students from the Krieger Schechter Day School-Cardinal Shehan Partnership


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January 16, 2020                                                                                          

The View Welcomes Choir Students from the Krieger Schechter Day School-Cardinal Shehan Partnership

Baltimore, MD  – Student choirs from Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) of Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore and the Cardinal Shehan Catholic School of Baltimore Choir appeared together on The View, the award-winning ABC daytime talk show taped in New York City.

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, members of both choirs traveled by bus to New York to appear on the show’s episode that will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and air on January 20, 2020, the national holiday dedicated to the civil rights leader. The View appearance is the second for the Cardinal Shehan choir, which performed in 2017 for host Whoopi Goldberg’s birthday.

Cardinal Shehan has gained national exposure for its choir performances, beginning with a recorded rehearsal of Andra Day’s song “Rise Up.” The choir’s videos appear on YouTube and Facebook, with more than 60 million online views to date. One viewer was Harrison Fribush, a 14-year-old drummer and KSDS student who was the brains behind the effort to join the two choirs, as part of his 2019 bar mitzvah project, to share their love of music. Fribush’s project included the creation of a documentary called “Music Education Matters,” to raise funds to support music-based after school programs in Baltimore City. The two schools first came together in January 2019; to date, the effort has raised over $11,000. The two choirs reunited in October, performing together at the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s fundraising gala.

“Together, with both choirs, we are able to show our city and now our country that we do not have to let differences divide us,” says Fribush, who has donated $5,000 to both Believe in Music and the Cardinal Shehan Music Program. “We can all work towards discovering shared passions with each other, and using our shared passions to help us build communities and make a difference in the lives of others.”

The collaboration has provided students with important lessons about respect, friendship and collaboration.

“Our two schools coming together and forming a friendship—it’s powerful,” says Rabbi Moshe Schwartz, Krieger Schechter’s Head of School. “In an atmosphere of increased polarization, racism and anti-Semitism, we are building important relationships between the Jewish and African-American communities through song.”

According to KSDS Middle School Choir director Erika Schon, music is the vehicle that connects passionate students of all backgrounds. “While our faith traditions may differ, our like-minded values are beautifully expressed in song together. Music IS truly a universal language. When we sing together, our differences melt away. We are one community, unified through our musical expression.”

Adds Kenyatta Hardison, choir director of Cardinal Shehan Catholic School choir, “It is a beautiful thing to see young people coming together through music, spreading peace and community, and finding their common ground despite their differences in background.”

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Krieger Schechter Day School of Chizuk Amuno Congregation is an AIMS accredited, coeducational, K – 8 Jewish day school provides an unparalleled Jewish and general

studies education enabling students to become confident, successful and valued members of society as committed and knowledgeable Jews. Visit www.ksds.edu.

Cardinal Shehan School is a peaceful school community dedicated to maintaining and upholding Catholic traditions and doctrines in a safe environment.  The goal is to build, within the school, Christ disciple and change agents for the world. Learn more at www.cardinalshehanschool.org.