Shva Choir

The Shva Choir was established in 1991. The choir features children from the Ethiopian Jewish community and is living proof that music can serve as a bridge between peoples and cultures, as a source of positive self-image, and as a pathway to social inclusion.  

In 2010, the SHVA Choir established a nonprofit organization to extend its vision of promoting, nourishing and merging Ethiopian and Israeli cultures, while fostering the values of teamwork and excellence in the young singers the choir serves.

The SHVA Choir’s educational work takes place in Ethiopian communities throughout Israel, including the Technoda in Hadera/Givat Olga, cities of Ramla and Or Yehuda and Aliya center in Beer Sheva. Most of the kids are 3rd to 8th graders. We are aiming to build now news groups of high school age and beyond.

All choirs are taught by top musicians – some are members of the Ethiopian community and other teachers from the leading teachers in Israel.

The SHVA Choir, takes in addition to music, a special care of involving the young generation in growing their self esteem through performance, music appreciation, general enrichment in other aspects of arts, science, national institutes of Jewish heritage and social developments.

Songs performed by the SHVA Choir were written, composed, and arranged especially for the voices and rhythms of these wonderful children.
during the last years we take special care of involving the kids in writing their own lyrics and melodies and help them produce a quality line of songs they can identify with.

Other repertoire includes Ethiopian rhythms and melodies brought over by the children and their families, traditional Jewish music, and original songs specially composed, arranged and commissioned by and for the SHVA Choir.

The first album was released in May, 1993, and ever since the Choir has performed in the USA and Canada, Mexico, many European countries (including the Vatican), and all over Israel. The SHVA Choir is now aiming and preparing a new album to be produced and released during 2021.

To learn more about the Choir, the educational program or to book the Choir for future performances, contact our CEO  Mr. Uri Zur or +972-54-5795120


SHVA Choir is made possible by the voluntary efforts of many and by the financial contributions of a small but committed group of supporters as well as the ministry of education and culture. Please help if you can.  Donations in Israel can be wired to SHVA Choir’s at

Bank Hapoalim (bank code 12), Branch code 616, account Nr. 521581, IBAN: IL29-0126-1600-0000-0521-581.

In the USA, citizens can donate according to the USA law through PEF-Israel (Tax ID# 13-6104086) according to the following information :

“… A donor wishing to make a contribution to an approved charity should send us a check payable to “PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Inc.” and note in the memo portion of the check or include a separate note with recommendation(s) for the use of the funds if applicable. The donor should provide their name and mailing address so that their contribution can be acknowledged.

Please note that the donor must give PEF a RECOMMENDATION for the use of the funds, not a directive or an order, otherwise we will be unable to accept the contribution and PEF will return the check to the donor. When recommending specific charities please include the name of the charity Shva Choir and its 9-digit ID number 58-0528552...”

Please make sure that your check is made payable to “PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Inc.” 
You may not include any other words (such as the name of the charity) on the payee line or else our bank will not accept it and we will have to return the check to the donor.

Please mail your checks and donations to:

PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Inc. 
630  Third Avenue, Suite 1501
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212)599-1260  Fax: (212)599-5981

Tax ID# 13-6104086