About Zamru

Contact us: info@zamru.org.

Backyard Zamru on Friday, August 13, 2010.  

Zamru is dedicated to transformative, engaging, joyful and heartfelt prayer. Nearly the entire service is sung out loud, to tunes some of which are familiar and some of which may be new.  Zamru is privileged to feature a talented and experienced New York musician supporting and propelling our service. Our music is a fusion of styles including traditional nusach, Carlebach-style niggunim (wordless tunes), and Sephardic melodies.

Zamru is cross-denominational and is not affiliated with any of the Jewish movements.

Zamru is co-sponsored by JGAP of the Center for Jewish Life of Princeton University.

Zamru's services are led entirely by volunteers, including Rabbi Julie Roth, executive director of the Center of Jewish Life at Princeton University. Zamru leaders are Princeton University students, staff, faculty, alumni and area residents who have a wide variety of Jewish, musical and professional backgrounds.  

Leadership Circle:
Margaret Berger
Dean Edelman
Pam Edelman
Debbie Freedman
Melissa Lane
Avi Paradise
Rabbi Julie Roth
Brenda Bodenheimer Zlatin

Musical director

A guitarist and composer, Dan Nadel’s search for his own sound has taken him on a journey across the globe, from Israel to NY, Brazil, and finally Spain. With a style that combines jazz, flamenco, and other influences, he is a busy musician in New York's music scene, both as a bandleader and as accompanist to some of its finest talent. Nadelmusic.com

Our name
Zamru is a Hebrew word that means Sing! In Psalm 98:5, part of the Kabbalat Shabbat service, the psalmist proclaims, zamru ladonai b'kinor … Sing praise to God with the lyre – with the lyre and melodious song. The word zamru captures this community's desire to pray to God with voice and instruments and beautiful melodies.

At Zamru, Shabbat is a joyful occasion to be celebrated by the entire family. To that end, children are welcome at our services. We invite their involvement in every aspect of the service -- a child's enthusiastic participation will only add to the vibrancy of the shared prayer experience.  Our potluck dinners are also family friendly.
Families with younger children are welcome to attend. 

Kashrut policy

When meet in The Jewish Center of Princeton, go here for more information about their kashrut policy.

Food served at Zamru events will be kosher by ingredient. This means that a heksher (certification of rabbinical approval) is not required on foods served at Zamru events (except for meat, see below). Items may be purchased from a store or restaurant, or prepared at home, so long as all ingredients otherwise meet kashrut standards.  Generally, all dairy and vegetarian products will meet this standard (including items that contain cheese and eggs). Fish is acceptable if it has fins and scales. Shellfish is not permitted under any circumstances.

Zamru practices strict separation of meat and dairy products.  Almost all Zamru events are vegetarian/dairy.  At any Zamru sponsored event at which meat is served, all accompanying foods will be pareve (non-dairy). If meat (chicken, beef etc.) is served at a Zamru sponsored event, it must be strictly kosher. This means that the meat must be purchased from a kosher butcher or else is packed with a heksher. A dish containing kosher meat may be prepared in any home, so long as no dairy products are used in the preparation and all other ingredients meet Zamru's kashrut standard as noted above.

If you have any questions concerning Zamru's kashrut policy, please e-mail info@zamru.org