Kineret, Song, Op. 89 (1939)

Solo: Soprano

Variations: Two arrangements are available for the song:

  • Voice and Piano
  • Voice and Orchestra

Lyrics: Avigdor Hameiri

Duration: 3:20 minutes

Additional details: email

The poem describes the Kineret (Sea of Galilee), the beautiful calm landscape that surround it and regards the lake a miracle. The words, their rhythm and the landscape are the inspiration to Lavry’s streaming music.

(transliterated from Hebrew to English)

Tche-let sha-ma-yim mo-she-chet ba-rom
Ve-sod ‘ein ha-che-ker mo-shech ‘e-lei t’hom.
Kol ya-gon ve-chol ‘o-sher ve-gil me-le pa-chad —

‘Al gal-la-yich, kin-ne-ret, la-shut ‘ad bli sof,
Bach hish-tak-kef ve-le-‘e-hov, le-‘e-hov,
Hish-tap-pech be-rin-nah u-ve-ve-chi gam ya-chad.

Kin-ne-ret, kin-ne-ret, ‘at pe-le kol pe-le,
‘E-lo-ha han-ne-tzach bach chai bit-ho-mot,
Ta-chat sha-ma-yich lich-yot ve-la-mut
‘At pe-le kol pe-le ‘a-lei ‘a-da-mot.

7 Responses to Kineret, Song, Op. 89 (1939)
  1. Barry Oringer
    November 15, 2011 | 11:43 pm

    I have been looking for this song over the past (seriously!) 50+ years. I had an old LP with Martha Schlamme but can’t find any mention of it anywhere. Anybody heard of it?

  2. Orie
    December 5, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    Hi Barry,

    What in addition to the information in this post, and the recording, is it that you are looking for?
    Please feel free to contact us directly at


  3. Judi
    September 20, 2012 | 6:39 pm

    I am looking for sheet music for the paino/voice edition. Any info?

    • Orie
      September 20, 2012 | 7:48 pm


      The publisher for the Voice and Piano version is Negen Publications. You can click on the link (in the Publisher section above) to contact them.


  4. Cliff Abramson
    October 16, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    I tried to find negen publications to get a copy of Kinereth but it does not seem to exist anymore. Can you help me in acquiring this piece of music.
    Thank you,
    Cantor Cliff Abramson

  5. Judy Chernak
    June 16, 2020 | 3:19 pm

    I used teach my Hebrew School students the song Kinneret, as learned from my father who brought it back from his 1929 trip to Palestine. The English version began,
    “By the shores of Kinneret, where giant trees overbear it, Stands a castle enchanted, ………
    Who dwells there? ‘Tis a youth! Like a bird in his leafy booth,
    There …….he learns, For Torah, for Torah he yearns,
    Hush! ………..stands still, ……………
    Do you know of it? Can I find the rest of the words, also in Hebrew?
    Thank you!

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