Zion Band & Choir

The power of music to inspire confidence and creativity.

The esteemed founder of Zion Orphanage, Rabbi A.Y. Blumenthal, pioneered a public speaking course to give the Zion boys an outlet for creative expression.

Carrying the ball forward today is our "Brilliant Music Program," which teaches Zion boys to sing and to play keyboards, guitar and drums. The boys receive one-on-one lessons and spend many hours practicing, culminating in special performances as Zion Band and Zion Choir.

Following weeks of practice and many days in a professional recording studio, our Zion Choir independently produce an entire CD. The music video for "Small Things" showcased their great talent, and was a wonderful way to build pride and confidence. One of the boys, who entered Zion Orphanage barely communicating, is now pursuing a career in music.

Throughout this process, Zion boys develop creativity, patience, perseverance, concentration, and motor skills – all vital tools for later in confronting life's challenges.

Whether writing lyrics or keeping a beat, music facilitates communication between the right and left sides of the brain, instilling higher comprehensive skills like abstract reasoning and pattern recognition.

Zion Band and Choir are team activities, where the boys learn to share responsibility and compromise to achieve their common goal.

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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef zt"l, the most important Sefardi rabbi of the 20th century, held a special place in his heart for Zion Orphanage. Here he greets Zion boys at his home in Jerusalem.

The current Chief Rabbis of Israel, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef (L) and Rabbi David Lau (C), join a Zion boy's Bar Mitzvah celebration at the orphanage.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (R) tours the Zion Orphanage campus with CEO Rabbi Baruch Rakovsky.

David Azulay, Israeli Minister of Religious Affairs, spent 7 years living at Zion Orphanage in Jerusalem, which he credits for instilling his core values and work ethic.

Moshe Abutbul entered Zion Orphanage at age 9. He cites "lessons learned growing up in Zion Orphanage" as integral to his success as Mayor of Beit Shemesh, Israel's 15th-largest city.

The popular Jewish singer, Yaakov Shwekey (R), appears at a Zion Orphanage event with Yechezkel Tzion (L), the world-renowned cantor who spent his formative years at Zion Orphanage.

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt"l was the leader of Torah Jewry until his death in 2012 and a supporter of Zion orphanage. Here he greets Zion boys at his home in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the foremost authority on Jewish law today, is an avid supporter of Zion Orphanage. Here he greets Zion boys at his home in Bnei Brak, Israel.

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