United Hebrew welcomes Mikey Pauker and Billy Jonas for artists-in-residence weekend

Billy Jonas will serve as artist-in-residence at United Hebrew Congregation Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23. 

United Hebrew Congregation will welcome musicians Mikey Pauker and Billy Jonas as artists-in-residence from Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23. 

Pauker and Jonas will take part in a Friday night Shabbat service, lead a Q&A Lunch ‘N’ Learn on Saturday and perform together in a family concert later that Saturday. The activities are free and open to the community.

Pauker and Jonas will also have a residency in both the Saul Spielberg Early Childhood Center and the Millstone Religious school during their weekend with United Hebrew.

The schedule of events includes:


Friday, Feb. 21

• Residency in the Saul Spielberg Early Childhood Center

• 6:30 p.m.: Kabbalat Shabbat service

Saturday, Feb. 22

• Noon: Guests can bring their own lunch before the 12:30 p.m. Lunch ‘N’ Learn (featuring a Q&A about the artists’ music, a story time and acoustic music share)

• 5 p.m.: Havdalah and family concert

Sunday, Feb. 23

• Residency in Millstone Religious School

Pauker is a folk/world artist from San Rafael, Calif. His sound blends elements of folk, reggae and hip-hop, incorporating English and Hebrew roots into his devotional songwriting. Pauker’s music draws from influences such as early Bob Marley, Van Morrison and The Police, and listeners often compare his style to Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Mike Love and Stick Figure.

For 25 years, Jonas has been a performer, singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and educator. Jonas combines vocals, guitar and “industrial re-percussion” (instruments made from found objects). He refined his craft in Chicago during monthly “Bangalong with Billy” shows at the No Exit Cafe, and subsequently in the 1990s as a co-founder of the funky folk duo The Billys. He currently tours with the Billy Jonas Band, which performed at the White House in 2010.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/UH-Pauker-Jonas.