March 03, 2018, 9:45 pm
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Micah Hendler, founder of the teen a capella group, Marak HaYom and the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus will be speaking at the WSM service on March 3, at approximately 10:30 on the topic of Chorus, Dialogue and Cooperation – Building Peace Note by Note. Micah’s talk is part of Beth El’s theme of “Israel” through the year 5778.
The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus is a choral and dialogue program for Israeli and Palestinian high school students in Jerusalem. Its mission is to provide a space for these young people from East and West Jerusalem to grow together in song and dialogue. Through the co-creation of music and the sharing of stories, the chorus seeks to empower youth in Jerusalem to become leaders in their communities and inspire singers and listeners around the world to work for peace.
Micah is from Bethesda, Maryland and graduated from Yale in 2012 with a degree in music and international studies.He has studied Community Singing with Ysaye Barnwell and CircleSinging with Roger Treece, and uses these two methodologies and others to open up the concept of what a chorus can do and who should be in it.
He has spent more than a dozen years exploring the intersection between music and conflict transformation, a journey that started at Seeds of Peace International Camp for Coexistence in Maine in 2004. His senior thesis, “Music for Peace in Jerusalem,” explored how the processes from Seeds of Peaces and other programs could be applied on the ground in Jerusalem in a lasting way, and formed the basis of the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus model. He had the honor to share the keynote presentation of the East-West Philosophers’ Conference, “Sound and Self: A Space to Call Home” with Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, prominent Palestinian intellectual and peacemaker, as they explored together how sound can be used as a tool to create shared spaces in Jerusalem. In 2017, he has presented at the Nexus USA Summit, Nexus Global Summit, and the Forbes Under30 Summit EMEA on the chorus’s work.
Micah was selected as one of the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 for Music, he was a 2016 Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellow, and served as the 2015-2017 President of the AMENDS Global Fellows, a network of emerging changemakers in the MENA region.