The Alef Beats

Alef Beats.

Founded in 2005, the Alef Beats, Brown/RISD’s premier Jewish-themed a Capella group, is one of Brown University’s younger singing groups. Featuring members from all around the states and the world, the Alef Beats are arguably one of Brown’s most diverse a Capella groups. Brought together by a love of music and a passion for Jewish culture, the Alef beats have been working hard to bring Jewish a Capella to Brown’s rich music scene as well as to the Northeast region at large.

The Alef Beats’ repertoire currently consists of a surprisingly eclectic range of songs. The Beats perform a number of vocal arrangements by Jewish singers and songwriters as well as a healthy smattering of traditional Hebrew and Yiddish tunes. These songs are performed at events ranging from various competitions, festivals, private concerts, temples, holidays celebrations, and arch sings around the Brown University campus and along the East Coast, but with the imminent release of their first studio album, the Alef Beats are excited to bring their music to the masses at long last.

Past Performances

Brookline A Cappella Fest, Brandeis University, Congregation Kehillath Israel, Temple Emanuel Leisure Club, Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence, Providence Jewish Community Center, Mt. Hope Baptist Church, Rutgers University, etc.

Checkout videos of them performing:

"Fix You"

"Everybody Talks"

Current Repertoire 
  • Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen/Rufus Wainwright)

  • Bei Mir Bist Du Sheyn (classic Yiddish/English jazz song)

  • Hinei Ba Hashalom

  • Maoz Tzur

  • Darkeinu

  • One Day (Matisyahu)

  • The Chanukah Song (Adam Sandler)

  • She Will Be Loved (Maroon 5)

  • Perfect (Pink)

  • Down by the River (Alison Krauss)

  • Fix You (Coldplay)

  • New Soul (Yael Naim)

  • Alive With the Glory of Love (Say Anything)

  • Or Zarua

  • Single Ladies (Beyoncé)

  • Hide and Seek (Imogen Heap)

  • Better (Regina Spektor)

Interested in gigs? Contact The Alef Beats.


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