By COLlive reporter
13 year-old Hannah Laskow always loved to perform.
A student at the Conejo Jewish Day School, in Agoura Hills, California, the Jewish law that prohibits women from singing in public prevented her from ever fulfilling that dream.
Recently, Laskow was inspired to form a girls singing group which will perform for women only audiences.
The 8th grader gathered 6 friends who also love to sing, and called the new choir ‘Shalosh,’ representing the three mitzvos of a Jewish woman: Challah, Neros (Shabbat candles), and Taharas Hamishpacha (family purity).
Laskow and friends Davina Shapiro, Sarah Shapiro, Tziona Gerson, Rachel Robin, Jolie Rafelson and Sarah Baldwin have been working for months on a debut concert, which will take place on June 2.
Laskow says the choir has given all the girls a chance to explore their creative side. She and her friends have written many original songs for the performance.
“We also put a twist on some of our favorite Jewish songs and gave it a newer feel,” she told COLlive.com.
The songs depict Jewish themes, such as mitzvos, circumstances, and making a Kidush Hashem.
Their career won’t end after the concert.
The group has also been recording an album that will be released at the concert, and will be doing a series of performances at girl’s schools, women’s events, and old age homes.
Laskow says she and the others could not have accomplished this without the support they’ve been receiving from friends and family.
“This is such a big deal that this is finally happening,” she said.
“I hope to inspire other girls in the world to do the same, because with all of this hard work I have realized that anything can be done.”
Shalosh Debut Concert
June 2, 2010
CJDS, 29900 Ladyface Ct. Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Time: 6:30 pm (Doors open 6 pm)
Cost: $5 in advance, $6 at the door
For booking and tickets email [email protected]