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2.12 | Sue Horowitz - "Peace Song"

6/24/2019
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Originally from New Rochelle, NY Sue Horowitz grew up playing in NFTY and rock bands, but didn't write her first song until she was 40 years old after attending Hava Nashira. But with her first release, recorded with Josh Nelson, she made it onto Ruach and the rest is history. We talk about her journey and "Peace Song" from her latest release, "Notes from the Garrison." Listen to "Peace Song" and all of the featured songs that have appeared on Jewish songwriter by subscribing to the...

Duration:00:23:32

2.11 | Charlie Kramer - "Closer"

6/17/2019
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This week, my man Charlie Kramer from LA opens up about his blindness and how that has impacted his life as a Jewish songwriter. Then we talk about the powerful message of hope behind his tune "Closer." Listen to "Closer" and all of the featured songs that have appeared on Jewish songwriter by subscribing to the Jewish Songwriter Playlist on YouTube and Spotify. Legally blind and armed with an acoustic guitar, Charlie Kramer unites, magnetizes and elevates the communities around him. A...

Duration:00:24:09

2.10 | Elana Arian - "Yih'yu L'ratzon"

6/10/2019
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The Season 2 opening episode of Jewish Songwriter included a hilarious and heartwarming story from this week's guest, Elana Arian, and her special connection and encounters with Debbie Friedman. We finally get to share the rest of this amazing conversation and share Elana's "Yih'yu L'ratzon" as well as the story of it's creation. Spoiler Alert: Elana was a new mother with 10 years of experience as a successful touring secular singer/songwriter but this song was not only her first Jewish...

Duration:00:20:40

2.9 | Jason Mesches - "Faith"

6/3/2019
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Continuing on last week's theme of belief, this week I chat with my buddy, the hilarious Angeleno Jason Mesches and chat about life, Hebrew school, comedy, and his song "Faith." Listen to "Faith" and all of the compositions from this season of Jewish Songwriter on the official Jewish Songwriter Playlist on YouTube and Spotify. Born in New Jersey and raised at Jewish summer camp, Jason Mesches has drawn on his own experiences as a child to bring a new sound and style to the world of...

Duration:00:20:57

2.8 | Abbie Strauss - "Ani Ma'amin"

5/27/2019
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I knew that my friend Abbie Strauss was an incredible vocalist, but I had no idea she studied opera until we sat down for this week's episode of Jewish Songwriter. The Memphis based Jewish Songwriter and I chat about her journey, both physical and spiritual that led her to Israel and back and about faith through her composition "Ani Ma'amin." Don't forget to subscribe to the Jewish Songwriter Playlist on YouTube and Spotify. Cantorial Soloist, Abbie Strauss counts over a decade of...

Duration:00:20:57

2.7 | Shimon Smith - "Avinu Shebashamayim"

5/20/2019
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Hailing from Tel Aviv and representing our first writer from Israel, this week's Jewish Songwriter is none other than my good friend Shimon Smith. We talk about how songleading at Capitol Camps led to his discovery of Jewish music and how he's helping to bring progressive contemporary Judaism and Jewish music to Israel. So it's also appropriate that we talk about his composition "Avinu Shebashamayim." As always, you can listen to all of the compositions from this season on the Jewish...

Duration:00:25:06

2.6 | Ahavat Hinam - "Gam Ze Ya’avor"

5/13/2019
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This week, from all the way down under, my good friends Shannyn and Max Jared Einsohn, A.K.A Ahavat Hinam. We talk about how this husband-and-wife duo met at Hava Nashira, the Jewish music scene in Australia, and their joint composition "Gam Ze Ya'avor." As always, you can listen to all of the compositions from this season on the Jewish Songwriter Playlist on YouTube and Spotify. Ahavat Hinam is a supergroup of Jewish educators and musicians Max Jared (Dallas TX, USA) and shannyn.art...

Duration:00:22:27

2.5 | Jacob "Spike" Kraus - "You Will Find Me"

5/6/2019
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My next guest is a fellow New Yorker and one of the massively talented fresh faces bursting onto the Jewish Songwriter scene. Jacob "Spike" Kraus and I talk about his journey in the new music industry and his poppy new tune "You Will Find Me." As always, you can listen to all of the compositions from this season on the Jewish Songwriter Playlist on YouTube and Spotify. Jacob “Spike” Kraus is a singer/songwriter, educator & innovator from Boston, Ma. He has released two studio albums of...

Duration:00:22:34

2.4 | Beth Schafer - "History Will Ask"

4/29/2019
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This week, I welcome the massively talented Beth Schafer all the way from Atlanta to Jewish Songwriter and we talk about her composition "History Will Ask." As always, you can listen to all of the compositions from this season on the Jewish Songwriter Playlist on YouTube and Spotify. Beth Schafer continues to redefine Jewish music by combining masterful songwriting with sensitivity to liturgy and unique insight toward text. She specializes in music for Torah-minded adults looking for an...

Duration:00:23:21

2.3 | Rick Recht Part 1 - "Halleluyah (Psalm 150)"

4/22/2019
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Representing my hometown of St. Louis, MO my close friend and mentor Rick Recht and I sit down to talk about his journey from secular musician to Jewish music and the new version of his hit song Halleluyah, this time incorporating the words of Psalm 150. As always, you can listen to all of the compositions from this season on the Jewish Songwriter Playlist on YouTube and Spotify. Rick Recht is one of the top touring musicians in Jewish music playing over 150 dates each year in the US and...

Duration:00:23:31

2.2 | Ellen Allard - "How Good"

4/15/2019
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Season 2 of Jewish Songwriter opens with my good friend, Ellen Allard who talks about her song "How Good" and her journey from classical concert pianist to Jewish Songwriter. As always, you can listen to all of the compositions from this season on the Jewish Songwriter Playlist on YouTube and Spotify. Ellen Allard is an award-winning recording artist, music educator, composer, performer, and music coach, and one of the most influential musicians on today’s Jewish music scene. With a strong...

Duration:00:24:13

2.1 | Debbie Friedman Stories - Bonus Episode

4/8/2019
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As always, you can listen to all of the compositions from this season on the Jewish Songwriter YouTube Playlist or Spotify Playlist. And please subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, GooglePlay or wherever you listen. If you are familiar at all with North American Jewish music, it should come as no surprise, that as with almost any conversation about or with Jewish Songwriters, one name repeatedly comes up in conversation, without whom, probably none of...

Duration:00:14:53

1.10 | Peri Smilow - "The Priestly Blessing"

5/20/2018
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Hailing from New Jersey, this week's Jewish songwriter, Peri Smilow shares "The Priestly Blessing" and how she found her way to Jewish music after a difficult period working with troubled teens. Special thanks to the URJ and Bruce Raden for their onsite recording and technical help with this week's episode. As always, you can listen to all of the compositions from this season on the Jewish Songwriter YouTube Playlist or Spotify Playlist. Peri Smilow is an internationally recognized...

Duration:00:22:32

1.9 | Josh Warshawsky - "El Baruch (The Blessing One)"

5/14/2018
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This week, Chicago born Jewish Songwriter Josh Warshawsky chats about his song "El Baruch (The Blessing One)." As always, you can listen to all of the compositions from this season on the Jewish Songwriter YouTube Playlist or Spotify Playlist. Josh Warshawsky is a songleader and songwriter, currently studying in rabbinical school in LA. Josh spends his weekends and summers in residency teaching and sharing music and Tefillah at synagogues and camps across the country. He has two albums,...

Duration:00:22:25

1.8 | Stacy Beyer - "Good Trouble"

5/7/2018
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This week's guest is Nashville, TN based songwriter Stacy Beyer who shares about her song "Good Trouble" which was inspired in part by Congressman John Lewis. As always, you can listen to all of the compositions from this season on the Jewish Songwriter YouTube Playlist or Spotify Playlist. Stacy is a producer, composer, singer, musician, arranger and conductor. She’s written for film, tv and the recording industry. Once a staff writer for EMI Publishing, Stacy had a #1 in Australia. Songs...

Duration:00:24:40

1.7 | Todd Herzog - "Returning to Who I Am"

4/30/2018
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On this week's episode, I welcome Phoenix based Jewish songwriter, and fellow Jumbo (Tufts Alum), Todd Herzog to talk about his brand new composition "Returning to Who I Am." Todd Herzog is an artist who takes the raw material of life experiences and creates soulful, spiritual, acoustic pop music along the lines of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Marc Cohn. His mission is to use music to open the hearts of his listeners to love, wisdom and spirituality. The music industry has taken notice of...

Duration:00:23:10

1.6 | Shira Kline - "The Sun Shines Down On Every One"

4/22/2018
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This week, I'm happy to welcome ritual leader and Jewish songwriter, Shira Kline, and we talk about her song "The Sun Shines Down On Every One" which she co-wrote with Lee "Free" Frisari and Avi Fox-Rosen. Recognized as a “revolutionary educator” and named one of the “new re-engineers of Jewish life,” Shira Kline plays worldwide as a performance and ritual artist. She specializes in creative musical worship with adults and children's spirituality. Her work is in the garden of life:...

Duration:00:23:53

1.5 | Noah Aronson - "Anneini"

4/16/2018
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My guest this week, NYC based Jewish Songwriter Noah Aronson talks about his song "Anneini." After earning a degree in Jazz Composition and Piano from Berklee College of Music, he held the position of Composer-in-Residence at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA where he produced 4 albums of Jewish communal music with his mentor Cantor Jodi Sufrin. As a solo musician, Noah has released three full-length albums and songbooks entitled 'Am I Awake,' 'Left Side of the Page,' and his latest...

Duration:00:22:13

1.4 | Joanie Leeds - "Shayne Punim"

4/9/2018
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This week we welcome Jewish Songwriter Joanie Leeds to the podcast and we chat about her song "Shayne Punim." As one of the top nationally touring kindie rock singers, New York-based Joanie Leeds has played for thousands of families all across the country. As a singer/songwriter, Joanie has won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, Gold Parents' Choice Award, NAPPA Gold Award and she has been a John Lennon Songwriting Award Finalist and an...

Duration:00:20:19

1.3 | Josh Nelson - "Avadim Hayinu / Wade In the Water"

4/2/2018
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On this week's episode of Jewish Songwriter, Josh Nelson shares about his powerful new medley of "Avadim Hayinu" and "Wade In The Water." One of the most popular performers and composers in modern Jewish music, Josh Nelson brings his extraordinary message of hope, unity and spirituality to concert stages and worship services across the globe. Josh is a gifted multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose work is celebrated and integrated into the repertoire of congregations, camps and...

Duration:00:24:45