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LATEST NEWS:

-Jay's jammy 2nd single, "We Are Together" from "Attitude of Gratitude,"featuring vocals by Jewish Rock Radio's "Chicago Sings" and a wailing guitar solo by producer Zach Singer, was released in October 2021. Now streaming on Spotify and available for download on Jay's music page!

-Jay's newest single, "I Want To Be Forgiven," featuring vocals by Rachel Mylan and multi-instrumentation and production by Zach Singer was released in September 2021, as a preview of the forthcoming album, "Attitude of Gratitude." Now streaming on Spotify and available on all major digital music outlets!

-Jay received funding from The Covenant Foundation to create a theme song, virtual children's choir video, and music resources for Jewish Center of Cleveland's "La-br'iut" curriculum

-SIX Ruach Rock songs will be featured in Transcontinental Music Publishing's "Manginot: The Complete Jewish Children's Songbook, Volume 3," to be released in 2021

-Jay led his new "Attitude of Gratitude" T'filah service at the ARJE virtual Annual Gathering in January 2021, creating a virtual choir recording of his mashup, "The Rainbow Sh'ma," from his original "Ruach Rock" T'filah service.

-Jay and his family appeared on the Disney Family Holiday Singalong in December 2020

-Jay appeared on "Who Knows One?" (formerly Jewish Geography Zoom Racing) online game show on October 10, 2020

-Jay received the Yad b'Yad award from the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) in January 2020 for innovative curriculum

WHERE TO FIND JAY:

*check out his Youtube playlist

*performing monthly at Temple Sholom of Chicago's Tot Shabbat and Makom 20s/30s Shabbat

*featured artist on Jewish Rock Radio & JKids Radio (formerly PJ Library Radio)

*piano on "The Key of We" debut album from Laurie Akers, 2019

*leading T'filah at ARJE annual gatherings

*serving on the faculty of URJ Camp OSRUI since summer 2015

*hosting open mike night at Hava Nashira

PAST RUACH ROCK EVENTS:

2020 

Or Shalom-a-thon with Laurie Akers - July 22, 2020

Bible Players Live & Inside - June 28, 2020

Hava Nashira Virtual Open Mic - May 30, 2020

JUF/JRR Chicago Jewish Community Flagpole - May 26, 2020

Sacred Space: Graditude Shacharit with Ben Pagliaro - May 7, 2020

Yom Ha'atzmaut Across America with Sheldon & Hadar - April 26, 2020

Chicagoland Junior Choir Shir-In Retreat at Temple Jeremiah - February 22, 2020 

Chicago Sings! Jewish Rock Radio Concert at Temple Sholom of Chicago - February 5, 2020

2019

URJ Biennial Chicago: opening night with Chicago Sings!, JRR Stage solo show, JRR Stage backing Naomi Less & Laurie Akers, Main Stage Plenary Band backing Michelle Citrin, Natalie Young, Shimon Smith, Sheldon & Hadar, Noah Aronson, & Rick Recht - December 11-12, 2019

JUF Education Family Engagement: Tot Shabbat - December 5, 2019

Nashir Teen Songleading Workshop Faculty - November 23, 2019

Chicago Sings! Jewish Rock Radio Concert at Makom Solel Lakeside - November 17, 2019

Rick Recht Concert at Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook, IL - June 2, 2019

Chicago Sings! Jewish Rock Radio Concert at Congregation Or Shalom in Vernon Hills, IL - May 9, 2019

CEELI Sparks of Judaism Workshop for 2nd Career Early Childhood Educators - April 11, 2019

Laurie Akers CD Release Concert at Congregation Or Shalom in Vernon Hills, IL - April 4, 2019 

Halleluyah! A Kaplan Center Concert at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago - March 10, 2019 

Chicago Sings! Jewish Rock Radio Concert at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago - February 21, 2019 

Pianobar host and T'filah Team Leader for ARJE Gathering in Washington D.C. - January 14-16, 2019

2018

Nashir Teen Songleading Workshop Faculty - November 17, 2018

5th-8th Grade T'filah Guest Leader at Bernard Zell Jewish Day School in Chicago - November 9, 2018

Chicago Sings! Jewish Rock Radio Live Across America at 210 Live - November 8, 2018

Greater Chicago Jewish Festival - June 10, 2018

Chicago Sings! Jewish Rock Radio Web Concert at BJBE in Deerfield, IL - May 17, 2018

Reform IL Launch at Temple Sinai Chicago - April 25, 2018

Mercaz Passover at Anshe Emet - April 2, 2018

PJ Library Chicago "When I Grow Up: Rock" Social Justice Songwriting Workshop - February 11, 2018

T'filah Team Leader for the ARJE (Association of Reform Jewish Educators) Gathering in Seattle, WA - January 2018

2017

Berklee College of Music brass band show at URJ Biennial in Boston, MA - December 2017

"Harmony in Unison" Web Concert - August 17, 2017

T'filah facilitor at NFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth) Convention - February 2017

T'filah Leader at the ARJE (Association of Reform Jewish Educators) Gathering in St. Louis, MO - January 2017

2013-2016

Greater Chicago Jewish Festival - June 5, 2016

Camp Rodef Shalom - July 7-8, 2015

Limmud Chicago - November 15, 2014

jBaby Havdalah - November 15, 2014

Nashir Teen Songleading Workshop Faculty - November 15, 2014

Congregation Beth El Maryland - October 11, 2014

Temple Sinai DC - May 18, 2014

Artist-in-Residence at Temple Beth El in Williamsburg, VA in August 2013, providing music for Shabbat morning and evening services, leading a lunch Torah Study, performing a Havdalah coffeehouse singalong and a Sunday morning family concert with musicians and singers from the community.

PLACEMENTS:

"B'chol Le'vav'cha" featured in Behrman House's "Hebrew in Harmony" curriculum series

"We Are Building" featured in PJ Library of Baltimore "200,000th Book" project

"L'chadaysh Et Ha'yashan" featured on "NFTY Ruach 5775" URJ Books & Music CD compilation

"B'chol Le'vav'cha" featured on "Blessings, Love, Music" PJ Library CD compilation

"Open My Lips" featured in "Shabbat Anthology VII" from URJ Books & Music

"B'chol Le'vav'cha" featured on "NewCAJE New Voices" CD compilation

"Pushups" & "We Are All Connected" featured on "This Is Me: Goovin' and Growin'" PJ Library CD compilation

"It Could Be Amazing" featured on "NFTY Ruach 5771" URJ Books & Music CD compilation

CREATIVE T'FILOT:

2020: Gratutide T'filah

2018: Freedom Songs T'filah

2017: Movie Quote Visual T'filah

2016: Sing-and-Repeat T'filah

2011: Ruach Rock T'filah

CURRICULUM:

Jay implemented his "Ruach Rock T'filah" MARE Capstone Curriculum at Bernard Zell Jewish Day School in Chicago - 2016-17

Jay led "Ruach Rock T'filah" workshops on his HUC-JIR Master's thesis at Hava Nashira and NewCAJE - Summer 2016