Jewish Rock Radio

2013 Entertainment

Bob Alper

Elana Arian

Neshama Carlebach

Joel Chasnoff

Aviva Chernick

Michelle Citrin

Doug Cotler

Sam Glaser

Alan Goodis

Rabbi Esteban Gottfried

Andrew Hahn

Jaffa Road

Elana Jagoda

Max Jared

Billy Jonas

Saul Kaye

Mattan Klein

Naomi Less

Arik Luck

Rick Lupert

Andrew Lustig

Larry Milder

Josh Nelson

Dan Nichols

Mikey Pauker

Rick Recht

Rocky Mountain Jewgrass

Beth Schafer

Julie Silver

Peri Smilow

Craig Taubman


Bob Alper

Twitter@thatfunnyrabbi

www.bobalper.com

Bob Alper's unique background…he’s an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary…prepared him well for a twenty-year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that’s intelligent, sophisticated, and 100% clean. Fast-paced, with impeccable timing and material that’s definitely sharp yet gentle and unhurtful, Bob draws tremendous media attention, and, among others, has been seen on Good Morning America, Showtime, the BBC,CNN, and was featured on Extra.

Bob will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Bob Alper


Elana Arian

www.elanaarian.com

Elana Arian was raised on equal parts Mozart, Mingus, and Mitchell - influences that guided her to study conducting and violin, jazz guitar, and songwriting in college. Elana seamlessly blends the discipline of classical, the freedom of jazz, and the candor of folk music into her own unique style as a singer/songwriter.

Elana will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Elana Arian


Neshama Carlebach

www.neshamacarlebach.com

Neshama Carlebach's talent and charisma captivate and endear her to people of all ages and backgrounds as she performs and teaches in cities worldwide. A leading superstar in Jewish Entertainment, she continues the legacy established by her father Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. His deep spirituality and love of all humanity filled every song he wrote and touched every person he encountered as he changed the face of Jewish music.

Neshama will be performing Satruday late night.

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Neshama Carlebach


Joel Chasnoff

Twitter@joelchasnoff

www.joelchasnoff.com

Joel Chasnoff is a stand-up comedian and writer with stage and screen credits in eight countries. In February 2010, Simon and Schuster published Joel’s comedic memoir, 188th Crybaby Brigade, about his year as a combat soldier in the Israeli Army. The book made the Denver Post bestseller list. Kirkus Reviews called Crybaby Brigade “Horrifyingly hilarious.”

Joel will be performing in the Wednesday night plenary session and Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Joel Chasnoff


Aviva Chernick

Twitter@Avivachernick

www.avivachernick.com

Aviva Chernick leads the World/Devotional, Canadian Folk Music Awards-nominated ensemble AVIVA and is also the lead singer with the two-time Juno Award-nominated world music ensemble Jaffa Road. Writing, recording and touring an original combination of world music sung in Hebrew, Ladino, English and French, this multi-lingual singer collaborates with some of Canada’s best world music makers as well as international virtuosos. Those who have experienced Aviva’s intoxicatingly soulful vocals never forget where they heard them first. Aviva is appearing at the URJ convention with multi-instrumentalist Joel Schwartz.

Aviva will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Aviva Chernick


Michelle Citrin

Twitter@MichelleCitrin

www.michellecitrin.com

Michelle Citrin's talent as an engaging soulful performer, writer and composer have garnered rave reviews and numerous accolades including being listed under Time.com's Top 10 stars of New Jewish Music. With viral video success like “20 Things to do with Matzah,” “Rosh Hashanah Girl,” “Call your Zeyde” and “Hanukkah Lovin'” reaching millions of hits, the press calls Michelle a “YouTube Sensation.” Currently, Michelle is touring, leading communities in spiritually uplifting worship services and lively concerts filled with humor, heart, and wit.

Michelle will be performing Wendesday late night and in the Saturday night plenary session..

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Michelle Citrin


Doug Cotler

www.dougcotler.com

Doug Cotler is a Grammy Award-winning composer and an accomplished singer, songwriter, and musician. No one fuses traditional Jewish melodies with the power and rhythm of modern popular music like he does. Blessed with a warm and expressive voice, Doug's sensitive and penetrating interpretations of liturgy, as well as his insightful and humorous songs about Jewish events and heroes, have placed him in the forefront of contemporary Jewish music.

Doug will be performing in the Friday morning plenary session.

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Doug Cotler


Sam Glaser

Twitter@samglaser

www.samglaser.com

Sam Glaser's soulful music has become part of the fabric of Jewish life in communities worldwide. Named one of the top ten Jewish performers in the U.S. by Moment magazine, Glaser is equally comfortable behind a grand piano in intimate solo concerts, leading his eight-piece band or headlining with full orchestra. Glaser performs for the widest array of audiences of any Jewish artist; his devoted fans range from those in the Reform and Conservative movements to the Modern Orthodox and Chassidim. He has traveled the world over in concert, from Sydney to London to Hong Kong to Tel Aviv. Sam’s compositions have enigmatic appeal; they are complex and catchy, wise and witty, youthful and seasoned.

Sam will be performing Wednesday night at the Omni Hotel.

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Sam Glaser


Alan Goodis

Twitter@alangoodis

www.alangoodis.com

Alan Goodis is noted for his dedication to building relationships and community through music. Alan’s talent elevates Jewish music with its powerful vocals and bold melodies. Alan works tirelessly to engage, educate and empower Jewish youth and adults through music.

Alan will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Alan Goodis


Rabbi Esteban Gottfried

Twitter@btfila

www.btfila.org

Rabbi Esteban Gottfried is the co-founder of Beit Tefila Israeli in Tel Aviv (with Rani Jaeger) and director since its establishment and until today, serving as its Rabbi for more than 9 years. He was ordained as a Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. 

Esteban studied at the Tel Aviv University, "Beit Zvi," "Nissan Nativ Drama Studio" theater schools and at the Royal Court Theater in London. After completing his studies, and for 20 years he had an active career as a Playwright, Stage Director, Screenwriter and Actor, and has been awarded with different prizes and awards including 2 "Israeli Oscars" (Ofir) as a writer and as an actor. Married to Ruthie and father of Maya and Toby.

Esteban is currently touring in congregations in the US with the Musical ensemble  of Beit Tefilah Israeli: Atalya Lavi, Yotam Mahler and Eitan Gofman.

Esteban will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Esteban Gottfried


Andrew Hahn

Twitter@KirtanRabbi

www.kirtanrabbi.com

Rabbi Andrew Hahn, Ph.D., combines a variety of tools to introduce Jewish Wisdom to an increasingly global, religious village. Kirtan Rabbi's music is characterized by great energy, passion and melodic flow.

Andrew will be performing Saturday afternoon and leading Friday morning tai-chi.

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Andrew Hahn


Jaffa Road

Twitter@JaffaRoad

www.jaffaroad.com

Based in Toronto, Jaffa Road is an award-winning world music group made up of some of Canada’s most exciting and innovative interpreters of inter-cultural music. The group has created a unique sonic landscape that draws easily and organically from the worlds of sacred and secular Jewish songs, Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, rock, and dub.

Jaffa Road will be performing Friday late night.

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Jaffa Road


Elana Jagoda

www.zumgali.com

Elana Jagoda is a prayer leader, music educator, performer and composer who brings soul and innovation to Jewish music. She adds new dimensions to this music genre by blending her energetic folk-rock vibe with her passion for world music. Elana infuses a unique spiritual quality into the music she brings to both performance and prayer.

Elana will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp and in the Saturday night plenary session.

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Elana Jagoda


Max Jared

Twitter@maxjared

www.maxjaredmusic.com

Max Jared's unique and energetic music has brought this engaging young Jewish educator to communities across North America and Israel, building diverse communities together through song. Jared’s career pursuits have extended to include work as an environmental activist, interfaith progress initiate, social action designer in communities around the world, and youth-leadership advocate in North America and Israel. Max continues his studies at HUC next year in the Masters in Jewish Education program and is currently in Israel writing new music for his second album.

Max will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Max Jared


Billy Jonas

Twitter@billyjonasmusic

www.billyjonas.com

Billy Jonas is one of those rare performers who can engage and delight both young and adult audiences. Billy's clear tenor voice is well-suited to a plethora of venues, from intimate settings and workshop sessions to large halls and outdoor festivals. For more than two decades, his creative and interactive performances have enchanted and inspired folks from all walks of life – touching hearts, souls, and minds world-wide. His upbringing as well as his work at Temple Beth Ha Tephila in Asheville NC, have inspired and informed a host of original songs, liturgical settings, and prayerful/meditative practices.

Billy will be performing in the Friday morning plenary session.

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Billy Jonas


Saul Kaye

Twitter@saulkaye

www.saulkaye.com

Saul Kaye is pioneering a new genre of music: JEWISH BLUES. Saul has brought together the sounds of the struggle of the African slaves in this country with the history of the Jewish slavery experience. Kaye has dipped the Torah in the Delta! He plays 130 shows annually on 4 continents.

Saul will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Saul Kaye


Mattan Klein

www.mattanklein.com

Mattan Klein is one of today's hottest Jazz/World Music flutists, blending a new clear and fluent flute sound with some of New York's brightest contemporary new voices. Mattan's flute soars into a world of fresh and innovative improvisations and musical explorations. With his ensemble of All-Stars Mattan Klein adds a lively and powerful new dimension to the art of jazz flute.

Mattan will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Mattan Klein


Naomi Less

Twitter@jchicksrock

www.naomiless.com

Naomi Less has been a songwriter, rock musician, ritual music artist, song leader and experiential educator in the Jewish community for 15 years. Her former band, Less Nessman recorded two albums. She founded Jewish Chicks Rock and Jewish Kids Rock, a project to empower Jewish youth to pick up instruments and express themselves through rock music.

Naomi will be performing in the Saturday night plenary session.

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Naomi Less


Arik Luck

Cantor Arik Luck and actress Sari Greenberg depict the life and times of Moishe Oysher, one of the greatest cantors of the 20th century and star of the Yiddish theatre and cinema. An incredible show that's musical, historical, and not to be missed!

Arik will be performing Friday late night.

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Arik Luck


Rick Lupert

Twitter@RickPoet

www.poetrysuperhighway.com

Rick Lupert has been involved in the Los Angeles poetry community since 1990.  He served for two years as a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets, a twenty-five-year-old non-profit organization which produces readings and publications out of the San Fernando Valley.  His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals and he has hosted the long running Cobalt Café reading series in Canoga Park since 1994.

Rick will be performing Wednesday afternoon on the URJ Books and Music Stage and Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Rick Lupert


Andrew Lustig

Andrew Lustig is a Jewish Spoken Word artist, poet, and YouTube sensation.

Andrew will be performing in the Thursday night plenary session and Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Andrew Lustig


Larry Milder

www.larrymilder.com

Larry Milder is a flatpicking, singing rabbi with a knack for off-beat Jewish tunes. His combination of wry wit and exceptional guitar playing has earned him a national following among fans of new Jewish music. His popular songs “Wherever You Go (There’s Always Someone Jewish)” and “Stars in the Sky” are sung in youth groups and summer camps throughout the country. Larry values the power of pure acoustic music. After serving as guitarist of Boston’s premier Israeli folk dance troupe Hamakor, Larry went on to found the innovative Jewish band Elijah Rock. When he’s not performing, Larry serves as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton, CA.

Larry will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Larry Milder


Josh Nelson

Twitter@joshnelsonmusic

www.joshnelsonproject.com

Josh Nelson is one of the most popular performers and producers in modern Jewish music. A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Josh's music is celebrated and integrated into the repertoire of congregations, camps and communities around the world.

Josh serves as the Biennial Music Director and will be performing in the Thursday night plenary session and Saturday late night.

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Josh Nelson


Dan Nichols

Twitter@danielnichols

www.jewishrock.com

Dan Nichols is a singular talent in the world of Jewish music. He is one of the most dynamic, influential and beloved Jewish musicians in North America. Dan’s melodies have become an integral part of the spiritual and liturgical experience of countless individuals and Jewish communities. In addition to his remarkable musical talents, Dan is a gifted teacher. He has served on the faculty of Hava Nashira since 2000. In 2009 he co-founded Shulhouse Rock, a songleading workshop for Jewish high-school students.

Dan will be performing in the Thursday night plenary session.

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Dan Nichols


Mikey Pauker

Twitter@Mikeypauker

www.mikeypauker.com

Mikey Pauker is a Laguna Beach based Jewish recording artist blending folk, hip-hop, reggae and generating "Jewish Crossover Music.” Mikey is one of the stars of “The New Jewish Music" by Time Magazine, and the CEO of Merkava Mentors, an initiative for the creation and collaboration of Modern Jewish Music.

Mikey will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Mikey Pauker


Rick Recht

Twitter@RickRecht

www.rickrecht.com

Rick Recht is widely recognized for his appeal to youth and family audiences not only as an exceptional musician, singer/songwriter and entertainer, but also as a role model for involvement in Jewish life.  He has become an icon for Jewish youth in the United States, elevating the medium of Jewish music as a powerful and effective tool for developing Jewish pride and identity among the masses.

Rick will be performing in the Wednesday night plenary session and Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Rick Recht


Rocky Mountain Jewgrass

www.rockymountainjewgrass.com

Rocky Mountain Jewgrass is the original Jewgrass band combining bluegrass and Jewish music to produce a new and unique sound – the high lonesome kvetch!  To die-hard bluegrass fans, we apologize.  We hope you enjoy our picklin’ and grinnin’. Cantor Saul Rosenthal sings lead vocals, plays guitar and writes for the band. Ben Cohen plays banjo and mandolin and writes tunes for the band, which they call “shmooshtas.” Gail deVore taught herself to play the fiddle as she approached yet another anniversary of her 29th birthday and performs with the fiddle her father played many years ago. Bass player Eric Roberts brings his own great style to providing the “boom boom” in our Jewgrass music. 

Rocky Mountain Jewgrass will be performing Thursday night in the Gaslamp.

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Rocky Mountain Jewgrass


Beth Schafer

Twitter@bethaschafer

www.bethschafer.com

Beth Schafer has been re-defining Jewish music for the last 15 years by combining masterful songwriting with sensitivity to liturgy and unique insight toward text. She specializes in music for Torah-minded adults looking for an extension to their Jewish lives through music. She has appeared on many Jewish stages as well as for the Orlando Magic and President Barack Obama, spreading messages of peace, acceptance and pluralism while drawing a diverse and sophisticated fan-base. Beth is the spiritual leader of Temple Shir Shalom in Orlando, FL and is also the founder of Positive Jewish Living, a company dedicating to helping others have a meaningful positive Jewish experience every day.

Beth is the co-producer of the Saturday evening plenary session in honor of the Centennial anniversary of the Women of Reform Judaism.

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Beth Schafer


Julie Silver

Twitter@JulieAnnSilver

www.juliesilver.com

 

Julie Silver is one of the most celebrated and beloved performers in the world of contemporary Jewish music today. Julie tours throughout the world, and has been engaging audiences with her lyrical guitar playing, her dynamic stage presence, and her megawatt smile for over 25 years.

Julie will be performing in the Wednesday night plenary session, Wendesday late night, and in the Saturday night plenary session.

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Julie Silver


Peri Smilow

Twitter@perismilow

www.perismilow.com

Peri Smilow is a nationally recognized touring artist.  As a performer, composer, educator and activist she has the unique ability to deeply move people of all ages, to forge connections and understanding and to use her extraordinary musical gifts, passion and commitment to community to create social change.

Peri will be hosting the Behind the [Jewish] Music series and performing in the Saturday night plenary session.

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Peri Smilow


Craig Taubman

Twitter@CraigTaubman

www.craignco.com

Craig Taubman's songs bridge traditional Jewish themes and ancient teachings with passages and experiences of contemporary Jewish life. He speaks a language that is both comfortable and acceptable to children and adults. His Jewish recordings are an integral part of the community, weaving song and spirit into the fabric of Jewish life.

Craig will be performing in the Sunday morning closing plenary session.

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Craig Taubman