The Baal Shem Tones
Helene & Michael Kates play a tightly crafted style of pop-influenced Americana, which has been described as "100% American and 100% Jewish" with a powerful spiritual punch! Their concerts, like their CDs, are accessbile, fun, and meaningful, with beautiful melodies and lyrics.
Singer, songwriter, musician, and comedy writer, Batsheva sings in Ladino, Yiddish, Hebrew, and English. She is an award winning songwriter and has performed in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States.
You may recognize Comedian Dave Goldstein from one of his many
appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien! His stage act, which
has been praised by The NY Post and The Asbury Park Press is a blend of original intelligent writing and inspired live riffs. He has opened for Dennis Miller and performed for our troops!
Rabbi Uri Barnea
Rabbi Barnea presents a history of Jewish music from biblical times to blues and hip-hop. Through life performance on the violin, recorder, and voice, he supplements his presentation with more than 20 examples of Jewish music from Israel, Europe, North Africa, Yemen, and North America.
Israeli storyteller Noa Baum began a heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian woman while living in the U.S. She weaves together their memories and their mothers' stories to create a moving testimony that illuminates the complex and contradictory history and emotions surrounding Jerusalem, for Israelis and Palestinians alike. She is also a gifted storyteller for familes and kids.
Rabbi Cook is the Bronstein Professor of Judeo-Christian studies at HUC and the ONLY rabbi in America with a Full Professorial Chair in New Testament. He travels widely, discussing his book, Modern Jews Engage the New Testament, addressing Jewish and Christian audiences and his lectures are engaging, enlightening and fun! A Rabbi Cook scholar in residence weekend is easily shared with a sister Church and nearby university.
Marcus Freed wowed the Jewish world in 1999 when he premiered his one man show “Solomon: King, Poet & Lover”. He now performs a trilogy including “Elijah: First Action Hero” and “King David’s Greatest Hits – A tale of swords, slingshots and married women”. Along with Marcus’ performances he offers several lecture/workshops including his fantastic Bibliyoga, to form a complete Scholar in Residence weekend.
Mary Glickman (born Mary Kowalski) grew up Polish-Catholic and wanted to become a nun until she began her lifelong relationship with Judaism. Glickman has written two award winning books about Jewish life in the south during the civil rights era. Her first book, Home in the Morning is soon to be a major motion picture. Mary’s lectures are fun, informational and inspiring!
Dr. Joel Hoffman is the chief translator for the 10-volumne series, My People’s Prayer Book. His book, And God Said, provides readers with an authoritative account of significant mistranslations and shows how new translation methods can give readers their first glimpse into what the Bible really means! His delivery is filled with “aha” and humorous moments. Joel is able to connect with the advanced learner and the beginner, in the same crowd.
Saul Kaye is an international touring artist whose music takes the listener on a journey from Torah to the Delta. Imagine Shlomo Carlebach meets Muddy Waters. Saul is the Pioneer of Jewish Blues! Saul is available for concerts, Shabbat and holiday workshops and Artist in Residence weekends. His music is accessible, thought-provoking, originally beautiful and just plain FUN!
Eric Komar is among the freshest voices on the Jewish music scene. An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, he has nearly two decades of experience with songleading and concerts with groups of all ages. After three best-selling CDs, he performs and presents Jewish music in concert, Artist in Residence weekends and workshops all over the United States.
Dr. Stuart Rockoff serves as the Director of the History Department for the ISJL and has researched and written the Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities. Stuart is available for single lectures as well as scholar in residence weekends. His top three requested lectures: Bagels & Grits: How Jews found a home in the South”, “The Fall & Rise of the Jewish South”, and “Southern Jews in the Crucible of Civil Rights.”
Tina Wasserman is the author of the best-selling cookbook, Entrée to Judaism, a culinary exploration of the Jewish Diaspora. She is a hands-on cooking instructor of Jewish food and she sprinkles in a bit of fun history. Tina’s warm personality and extensive knowledge of Jewish food history will delight your congregation as she weaves her stories behind the recipes into the foods she prepares and shares.