Koolulam leads a group performance of "One Love" by Bob Marley at the Tower of David in Jerusalem, June 14, 2018. (Photo/YouTube)
Koolulam leads a group performance of "One Love" by Bob Marley at the Tower of David in Jerusalem, June 14, 2018. (Photo/YouTube)

Israeli singalong sensation Koolulam’s West Coast debut coming to S.F.

Celebrating Yom Yerushalayim on June 2, Koolulam, an Israeli team of musicians, will stage its West Coast debut, enticing Americans and Israelis to join together in song at San Francisco’s Congregation Emanu-El.

The goal of Koolulam is literally to create harmony across boundaries. These social-musical events, which have attracted thousands in Israel and around the world, bring large groups of diverse people together to stop everything for a few hours and just sing.

The end product is a YouTube video of the group performances. Known for their outstanding cinematic quality and positive energy, Koolulam videos are wildly popular online, garnering millions of views. The Bay Area event will feature a group sing of Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life,” in a specially created English and Hebrew arrangement.

“The coming together, cooperation, sense of creation and sheer power of sound all result in an overwhelmingly uplifting and empowering experience,” according to the Koolulam website. “Participants enter as thousands of unique individuals, and come out as one collective… a great human ensemble, with a shared reality.”

Founded in 2017, Koolulam received both the Jerusalem Unity Prize and the Asia Society’s Asia Game Changer of 2018 award.

The San Francisco event, co-sponsored by the Israeli-American Council, the Israel Consulate, the Jewish National Fund, the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and Emanu-El, takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. at Emanu-El, 2 Lake St.

Pre-registration is required, and walk-ups will not be allowed. Families are encouraged to attend, and childcare will be available for young children. Tickets are $25 for adults, with lower rates for students and youth, and $100 for premium seating. Prices go up Thursday, May 23, to $30 for adults; $15 for youth (ages 5-13).

Janet Silver Ghent

Janet Silver Ghent is a writer and editor living in Palo Alto. She can be reached at ghentwriter@gmail.com.