2008│ Tov LeHodot • Da’ • Ohila La-El
2006│ Shalom Rav • Bidvaro
2004│ El Adon • Ilu Finu • Neshama Shenatata Bi
Cantor Terry Horowit taught herself guitar at the age of 10 and started writing folk songs a couple of years later, continuing to compose for guitar and voice through graduate school at Brown University. After a hiatus of many years, her lifelong love of folk music combined with a profound respect and appreciation for Hebrew text led her to begin composing settings for prayers and liturgical texts. Her music has been chosen for all three Shalshelet Festivals. She completed the cantorial certification program at Ma’alot Seminary in Rockville, Maryland where for 15 years she tutored b’nei mitzvah and taught adult classes in cantillation and aspects of Jewish practice. She also was lead vocalist with the performing group Shalshelet (not affiliated with the Shalshelet foundation). In 2007, Terry moved with her family to Albany, New York where she is now the process of establishing herself as a teacher of trope and nusach, meeting local musicians, and creating a new performing group. In Fall 2010, she fulfilled her dream of recording her original songs with the release of two debut albums, Zimrat Enosh and Bidvaro. www.CantorTerry.com
2008│ Tov LeHodot • Da’ • Ohila La-El
2008│ Ma’ariv Aravim with Robbi Sherwin
Katy Jordan, an Austin, Texas native, is a kinesiology major and athletic trainer at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and hopes to be one of the few professional female athletic trainers in the NBA. She is one of very few Jewish students at her large university, which has made her very strong and extremely proud to be Jewish. She is thankful to her parents for sending her to Greene Family Camp for Living Judaism in Bruceville, Texas, and is also grateful to Birthright Israel for the opportunity to experience her homeland. She cut her musical teeth playing trombone for 6 years, and she fondly remembers singing to Debbie Friedman’s Live at the Del CD during long road trips to Colorado on family vacations. She and her mom, Robbi Sherwin, have collaborated on three songs together; one is the title cut on Sababa’s first CD, Pray for the Peace. She was 13 years old when she co-wrote Ma’ariv Aravim.
2008│ Mah Adam
Sharone Horowit-Hendler is a senior at Brandeis University majoring in linguistics with a minor in mathematics. She is currently working on the topic for her senior thesis, concerning pragmatics of the Hebrew language. Sharone composed her first melody at the age of twelve, a new tune for B’zeit Yisroel. She is self-taught on the guitar and tin whistle. Her hobbies include LARPing, watching and reading sci-fi, having fun with her friends, photography, and playing with her cats.
2008│ Simeni Khahotam • Yefe Nof
2006│ V’chol Banayich
Cantor Wayne Krieger has a degree in music education from the Hartt School of Music and certification as a music therapist from Montclair State College. At Hartt he studied Hazzanut under Cantor Arthur Koret. Over the course of 27 years he served communities in Arizona, New York, Connecticut and Florida as a cantor, Jewish educator and professional storyteller. Currently he is the Cantor at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Marlboro, New Jersey. He sang for three years in Connecticut’s first klezmer band, Katz & Jammers. In 1994 he and his wife Nancy formed the musical duo Shisha Neharot. They have performed extensively in Israel, New England, Florida and New Jersey. At the 1995 CAJE Conference, he conducted the Cantors’ concert which featured his compositions and arrangements. In 1997 he was a winner in the professional category at the North American Zionist Song Competition.
2016 │Eve • Adam in Eden 2013│Come, My Help 2010│Shema 2008│’Oseh Shalom
Judi Lamble is a self-taught composer focusing on Jewish vocal music. Most recently, her L’chu N’ran’na (Psalm 95) was included in the 2012 Annual Convention of the American Conference of Cantors; earlier in the year she premiered her Century Song Cycle of Jewish art songs for the American Composers Forum; and her choral and congregational works have been performed by several Twin Cities synagogue and community choirs. Her compositions have been honored in previous Shalshelet Festivals. She is co-founder and Chair of the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale, entering its fourth season in 2012, which celebrates the full range of Jewish music, including new works. She lives with her family in Edina, Minn. www.jewishvocalmusic.com, sheet music at oysongs.com.
2010│ Nisht Eyns/Not One 2008│ Der Meshiekh Vet Ersht Kumen
Yosl (Joe) Kurland took up violin in second grade in the Bronx and for years played only classical music. Later he learned guitar. While in graduate school in Chicago, he began playing for international folk dance and performed with the Balkanske Igre Balkan dance troupe. He was a founder of the Wholesale Klezmer Band in 1982 and composed his first Yiddish song, the title number of the group’s first album, Shmir Me, in 1988. His formal study of Yiddish began only after he turned 40, but he considers Yiddish to be the native language he didn’t learn as a child. Having grown up with traditional cantorial music in the synagogue, he realized that in order to hear it in rural western Massachusetts where he lives, he would have to learn and sing it himself. He serves as Ba’al Tefillah for High Holiday and occasional Shabbos services at two synagogues near his home. His day job involves printing ketubot and other artwork designed by his wife, calligrapher Peggy Davis, as well as his own photographic work. His songs appear on four albums released by the Wholesale Klezmer Band. His Der Meshiekh Vet Ersht Kumen was honored at Shalshelet’s 2008 Festival. www.ganeydn.com
2016│ Va-anahnu • ‘Oseh Shalom 2010│ Lekha Dodi 2008│ Psalm 29
Lance Rhodes grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor in Music. He worked as a free-lance arranger for Warner Bros. Publications and worked on board the Rhapsody of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. In 2009 he was invested as hazzan and received his Masters in Sacred Music from The H. L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His Psalm 29 was published by Transcontinental Music, and he received the Max and Sol Feld Prize in composition for two consecutive years. He now serves as cantor for Congregation Brith Shalom in Bellaire, Texas and as interim cantor at Temple Emanuel in New York City.
2013 │ She is a Tree of Life 2008 │ Angels Carry You
2006 │ Rock to the Rock
Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael, a songwriter/liturgist, was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She also studied at Indiana University, Brandeis, Pardes and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Currently she is the Rabbi of Beth Israel Congregation in Woodbury, NJ. She consults with the Jewish Women’s Spirituality Institute and InterFaithways: an Interfaith Family Support Network of Greater Philadelphia. She teaches in numerous locations in the area as well. She performs with the a cappella trio MIRAJ, which recently released the CD Healing Chants for the Soul, and with Shabbat Unplugged. She can also be heard on her CD, Friday Night Revived. http://www.shechinah.com
2008│ Magein Avot
A native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Hazzan Jeremy Stein he studied flute and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating, he toured with his jazz/rock band Flutopia. In addition to performing with his band, he has recorded film scores, composed radio jingles, and played at countless Jewish weddings. He performed at Carnegie Hall with The Zamir Choral Foundation, sharing the stage with Theodore Bikel and Debbie Friedman as well as hazzanim Jackie Mendelson and Alberto Mizrahi. For the past several summers, he has served as Rosh Shira at Camp Ramah in New England. A recent graduate of JTS’s H. L. Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music, Jeremy is settling into his new role as hazzan at Congregation Beth Israel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2010│Yismehu 2008│Shalom Rav & Anim Zemirot 2006│Hodu L’Adonai
Irene Steiner, who received a Master’s Degree in Music as a voice major, has performed as soprano soloist at religious institutions, in operas, oratorios, musical comedies, solo art song recitals and Yom Hashoah memorials in the NYC metro area. A 1999 journey to Krakow with her parents, Holocaust survivors from Krakow, inspired a passion for Yiddish art song and Hebrew liturgical music. In 2000, she produced the first of a series of concerts of Jewish song at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., where she lives with her family. In 2002, invited by the Judaica Foundation–Center for Jewish Culture, her Yiddish vocal trio, The Katsenshprung Singers, performed a concert of songs by Mordechai Gebirtig in Krakow. She composed music for 12 poems written by Gebirtig from 1939-1942 for which no music was found; several were praised by Chana Mlotek in her column in NY’s Yiddish Forverts. At Sinai Leichter’s request, she composed music for 6 poems of Itzik Manger; she also set Yiddish poems by Simcha Simchovitch, at his request. Her work was selected for Shalshelet Festivals in 2006 and 2008. In 2009, Temple Beth Shalom commissioned her to compose a major choral work, which premiered in 2010. An attorney in Manhattan, she dedicates her efforts in performance and composition to her parents, as well as her grandparents and uncles, all of whom perished in the Holocaust
2008│ Ve Shamru 2006│ Adonai S’fatai Honorable Mention
Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit, born in Winnipeg, has lived most of his life in Toronto and Philadelphia. He has recorded three solo CDs including the 2-disc Generations: Journey Across the Ages which includes Kabbalat Shabbat – A complete Friday Evening Spiritual Experience in Music. He is the author of Offerings of the Heart: Money and Values in Faith Communities. A founding member of Shabbat Unplugged and Playback Philadelphia, he also co-directs the Davennen’ Leadership Training Institute which trains lay leaders, rabbis, cantors, singers and musicians in the art of spiritual leadership through prayer, music and group dynamics. He is a spiritual director and coach for clergy in seminary programs, and has taught Interpersonal and Organizational Communications at the University of Toronto and Temple University. He is Director of Outreach and Tikkun Olam and a senior congregational consultant for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation and is also on the steering committee for Harmoniyah: the Reconstructionist Music Network for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. http://www.rabbizevit.com
2010│ It’s All Good 2008│ Love Adonai • Ma’Ariv ’Aravim with Katy Jordan
Cantor Robbi Sherwin grew up in an Air Force family in small towns all over the U.S. and was first exposed to the riches of Jewish music at summer camp. Currently the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Butte in Crested Butte, CO she has also served congregations in Austin, San Antonio and El Paso, Texas, as well as Denver and Evergreen, Colo. Her songs have found their way into synagogue worship, concert halls and summer camps from Tulsa to Tel Aviv. She leads women’s retreats, Shabbaton, and writing new melodies with kids and with congregations. She recently joined Storahtelling’s Mile High Maven Company. Discography includes: Todah LaChem (Thanks, Y’all – 2000) and Aish HaKodesh (the Holy Fire 2005). Also, as one-third of the Jewish folk/rock band Sababa with bandmates Steve Brodsky and Scott Leader, she and her music can be heard on Pray for the Peace (2007) and It’s All Good (2010). Two of her compositions were honored at Shalshelet’s 2008 Festival. She serves on the board of the Women Cantors’ Network.
2013│Birkat Ha-Derekh • Hallelujah • Yedid Nefesh 2010│Lamdeni Elohai • Ahavah Rabbah • Esa ’Einai 2008│Song of the Omer • ’Ozi Ve Zimrat Yah • Ve Ten Tal
Orit Perlman is a cantorial soloist, singer, composer and lyricist who specializes in Jewish musical traditions. She has served congregations including Hebrew Union College Jerusalem, Ohel Avraham (Haifa), and Sulam Yaakov (Zikhron). Her recordings include M‘ayin Yavo, original Jewish music based on traditional texts (including five pieces honored at Shalshelet festivals), Ot Azoi! – Yiddish with a zest of jazz, and Tfilotai, traditional and original prayers, created in collaboration with HUC Jerusalem as a resource for educators. Forthcoming is a double cd of Ladino from Saloniki, a project supported by Haifa University and the Recanati family under the musical direction of Dr. Suzanna Weich-Shahak. Her compositions appear in Transcontinental Music Shabbat Anthologies IV and V. She lives with her family in Haifa, Israel. www.oritperlman.com