In 1969, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity music pro­fessor Joshua Jacobson founded the Zamir Chorale of Boston, a non­profit chorus that has per­formed Jewish litur­gical pieces, major clas­sical works and songs of the Holo­caust in Israel, Italy, Eng­land, Aus­tria, Poland and the Czech Republic.

This week, the group will per­form in Ger­many for the first time.

Zamir will per­form in Berlin today, Dec. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 18, as United States rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the inau­gural Louis Lewandowski Fes­tival, which will honor the legacy of the great 19th cen­tury German com­poser of syn­a­gogal music. The chorus will also per­form a spe­cial con­cert at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

The idea of per­forming this music where it was orig­i­nally com­posed is stun­ning,” said Jacobson, who will con­duct the 35-​​member touring choir. “We’re giving voice to those who had been silenced.”

He praised Ger­many for its edu­ca­tional pro­grams in sup­port of com­bating anti-​​Semitism. “I have been very impressed by the admis­sion of the wrong­do­ings of the Holo­caust and the incred­ible effort of the gov­ern­ment to sup­port the revival of Jewish life and cul­ture in Ger­many,” Jacobson said.

He looks for­ward to exploring Berlin, which he called an “incred­ibly beau­tiful and cul­tured city.” As Jacobson put it, “It’s known for its build­ings, museums and espe­cially for its music and great composers.”

Zamir mem­bers won’t have much time to rest after they return from Berlin. On Dec. 22, the chorus will per­form music from the Spanish (Sephardic) tra­di­tion at Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass.

For Jacobson, the music never stops. Over the last four decades, he has served as a guest con­ductor for a number of ensem­bles, including the Boston Pops orchestra. He has con­ducted the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Choral Society since 1972.

A few weeks ago, the North­eastern chorus per­formed a selec­tion of Schu­bert, Vivaldi and Mendelssohn for a sold-​​out audi­ence of family and friends at the Fenway Center.

My stu­dents were fab­u­lous,” Jacobson said. “They have devel­oped such a high level of musi­cian­ship and care about the music so much.”

View selected pub­li­ca­tions of Joshua Jacobson in IRis, Northeastern’s dig­ital archive.