Jewish Song of the Week: ‘Sim Shalom’ by Susan Lewis Friedman

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One of the MANY accomplishments of Jewish Rock Radio that I’m very proud of is the group we helped coalesce in Chicago — JRR Chicago Sings. Under the leadership of Cantor Laurie Akers, Chicago artists, cantors and instrumentalists have been coming together over the last 3-4 years to put on some really incredible live concerts […]

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Single Mom Seeks Mezuzah

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Jenna Zark‘s new book Crooked Lines: A Single Mom’s Jewish Journey began life at TC Jewfolk and will be published by Koehler Books on September 5. Read the opening chapter about how Jenna searched for a mezuzah when she had to move to a new home after an unexpected divorce. If you’re a Jewish single […]

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Jewish Song of the Week: ‘Building a Better World’ by Ellen Allard

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We’re in a period of the Jewish calendar right now that focuses a lot on destruction and sorrow, culminating in the observance of Tisha B’Av and commemorating the many tragedies the Jewish people have faced in our long history. That’s a tough topic for young families to navigate, and in these busy summer months, it […]

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Got Tired Teens? ‘The Sleep-Deprived Teen’ Explains Why

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It was the fall of 2015, and Lisa Lewis’ son had just begun his freshman year of high school. The family was prepared for the various challenges that a demanding school schedule usually brings and for the inevitable adjustment to a new school. What they weren’t prepared for was a thorny problem, one that was […]

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Jewish Song of the Week: ‘Esa Einai’ by Jackson Mercer

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We’ve just entered a period in the Jewish calendar called “The Three Weeks,” in which we turn our attention to the many tragedies that we’ve faced historically as a Jewish people. This culminates in the observance of Tisha B’Av (this year in early August) and the commemoration of the destruction of the first and second […]

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Mark Bloom’s Latest Musical Project Ready To Take The Stage

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Mark Bloom and Geoff Jones have been working together for many year, but their newest musical collaboration is a product of a turbulent world. The Jones and Bloom Culture Zoom, which plays at KJ’s Hideaway in St. Paul on July 28, is a musical endeavor that is dedicated to celebrating and musically expressing commonalities between […]

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You’re Invited: Lea Kalisch’s Record Release Party

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Lea Kalisch has an eclectic musical background, so it should come as no surprise that In Love With a Dream, her debut record, would be eclectic as well. “I’m not closing a chapter of my life – that would be dramatic,” Kalisch said. “I wrote all the songs pre-COVID, and then produced them during the […]

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Jewish Song of the Week: ‘There’s A Dinosaur/Bim Bam’ by Shira & Friends

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It’s a 2-for-1 summer Shabbat special this week! It’s always hard to know when to pick a Shabbat song for Song of the Week since we’re blessed to have Shabbat EVERY week. This is a rockin’ contemporary mash-up of  “There’s a Dinosaur” and “Bim Bam” from New York kindie rockers Shira & Friends. The summer […]

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Who The Folk?! Sarina Partridge

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Sarina Partridge believes that singing can be a healing modality. And after spending so much time apart in the past two years, what better way to heal than to sing together? Partridge, a singer and songwriter will be leading in song anyone who attends the Shmita Project Exhibition Reception on June 30 at the Minnesota […]

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Jewish Song of the Week: ‘Lo Alecha’ by Beth Schafer

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Summer vacation is upon us! I absolutely LOVE this time of year: Jewish summer camp, summer trips, TONS of outside time — does it get any better?? We ALL deserve time to recharge our batteries and be with family.  We also always use a healthy reminder that making the world a better place is important […]

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