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About Us


The Shabbatones were founded in 2001 as the University of Pennsylvania’s premier student-run Jewish a cappella group. We are known for our energetic arrangements and entertaining performances.

We specialize in popular American, Israeli, and Jewish music, and all of our arrangements are composed, directed, and performed by students. Shabbatones members and alumni include undergraduate and graduate students, studying a wide variety of subjects like engineering, psychology, English, and economics. We come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds, unified by a love for Jewish music and a commitment to being the voice of one of the largest and most vibrant Hillels in the nation.

In the twenty years since the Shabbatones began, we have performed for a variety of audiences at Penn and throughout the world. During university semesters, the group enjoys performing at synagogues, schools, and other venues across the Northeast. During breaks from school the group has gone on tour to places including California, London, South Florida, Houston, and New Orleans. Some of our highlights include singing at the White House Chanukah Party, performing at sports games for the Phillies and the Sixers, and taking the stage at Disneyland. If you'd like to see us live, please check our events page for a list of our upcoming performances, or email us to discuss booking our group for your next event.

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