Complete strangers come together in Haifa and sing Matisyahu’s ‘ONE DAY’ – the result is amazing

by Avi Abelow

Matisyahu comes alive in Israel in an unbelievable new social project that has become a huge success.  Thousands of people – who do not know one another – gather together in one huge area – and in less than a few hours create a masterpiece!


Koolulam is a social-musical initiative aimed at bringing together people from all corners of the diverse, multi-cultural Israeli society. The idea behind Koolulam is to stop everything for a few hours and just sing – together.

The project enables its participants to enjoy the feeling of togetherness through a deep communal experience.  Our sounds and voices coming together to create a social choir, full of hope and optimism.

Israeli Society

Israeli society is sometimes viewed as a very fractured society. While Israel is a Jewish state, there are various Jewish communities all vying to make an impact on the Jewish identity of the State. Israel has various Jewish religious groups as well as a large secular group. In addition to these sub-divisions within the Jewish community, there are also non-Jewish groups. Israel is a Middle East haven for minorities, as opposed to her Arab/Muslim neighbor states. Israel has a large Muslim, Christian and Druze population, in addition to much smaller minority groups like the Bahai.


The Koolulam music project is a fabulous new initiative that breaks down the barriers between the different sectors of Israeli society. Watching the video, one sees religious Jews, secular Jews, Arabs etc. all singing together having fun. They all come to the event as strangers, learn to harmonize a song, and then perform.  “One Day” of Matisyahu is but one example. The result is nothing but spectacular.

Koolulam is traveling city to city to bring this unifying project all across the country.

The truth is that while the media like to focus on the divisions in Israeli society, most Israelis, of all persuasions, feel very much unified.

The truth is that there is much more that unifies us than divides us.

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