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Jewish Rock Radio plays on

by Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light May 7, 2020

Every Friday evening, thousands of Jewish families around the world follow a familiar routine. From St. Louis to Nashville to Tel Aviv to Sydney, their pre-Shabbat activities include setting out candles, preparing dinner and tuning in to Jewish Rock Radio.The...

Participants in the 2019 Songleader Boot Camp gather in a circle in the Beit Midrash of the Jewish Community Center’s Arts & Education Buiding. This year’s SLBC takes place Feb. 16 to18.File photo: Bill Motchan 

Inclusion will take center stage at 2020 Songleader Boot Camp

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light February 7, 2020

Fred Rogers wasn’t Jewish, but his philosophy of respect for others comes right out of the Torah. Mr. Rogers’ mantra — “Won’t you be my neighbor” — will also be on full display at the 2020 Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) Feb. 16 to 18, presented...

Greta Rosenstock (shown singing at right) performs during the ‘Jewish Rock Radio Live Across America - St Louis Sings” event at Congregation Shaare Emeth last week. Rosenstock is one of 12 finalists in the second annual Jewish Star Talent Search. Photo: Bill Motchan

St. Louis native among finalists in Jewish Star competition

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Jewish Light November 14, 2019

Greta Rosenstock has a warm personality, a 1,000-watt smile and a golden voice. She also celebrates Judaism through music and song. Those qualities helped move the 23-year-old former St. Louisan into contention as a finalist in the 2019 Jewish Star Talent...

Sheldon Low in the studio in 2016. Photo: Zach Dalin Photography

Couple work to repair the world with music

By Kayla Steinberg, Staff Writer July 25, 2019

In Sheldon Low’s family, music has been something of an heirloom, passed l’dor v’dor. The St. Louis native, 36, is a third generation songleader. His grandmother sang with singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman, and his father sang at Camp Ben Frankel...

Rabbi Jonah Zinn. PHOTO: Joel Marion Photography

Frankly speaking, rabbi’s departure, ‘Gloria’ and more

BY: ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR May 9, 2019

Dogged pursuitHere’s a unique Mother’s Day gift sure to make a Jewish mother proud: Winning the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, and bringing home $10,000 in prize money — for mom, of course.Those interested...

The Jewish Community Center welcomed Jewish leaders from across the country for the annual Songleader Boot Camp, held Feb. 17-19. SLBC was founded in 2009 by Jewish rock musician and educator Rick Recht and Rabbi Brad Horwitz, director of Jewish engagement and adult programs at the J’s Ruth & Harold Sher Center of Jewish Life. This year, SLBC also featured a new Teen Chavurah program, supported by the Staenberg Family Foundation, and winners of Jewish Rock Radio’s Jewish Star Talent Search. All photos by Bill Motchan

Photo gallery: 2019 Songleader Bootcamp at the J

February 21, 2019

The Jewish Community Center welcomed Jewish leaders from across the country for the annual Songleader Boot Camp, held Feb. 17-19. SLBC was founded in 2009 by Jewish rock musician and educator Rick Recht and Rabbi Brad Horwitz, director of Jewish engagement...

Rick Recht performs at the 2017 Yom Haatzmaut (Israels Independence Day) celebration at the J on May 1.

TI welcomes Rick Recht for Shabbat Alive! service

August 10, 2018

St. Louis-based Jewish rock musician Rick Recht will perform spiritual Jewish music with Congregation Temple Israel’s rabbis and regular Shabbat musicians at Shabbat services on Friday, Aug. 17. The Shabbat Alive! service is free and open to the public....

Local Jewish musician Rick Recht has partnered with PJ Library, a nonprofit that provides families with free Jewish children’s books, for a new streaming service featuring Jewish music. Photo: rickrecht.com

Local Jewish rocker helps craft PJ Library’s new online radio venture

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer December 20, 2017

Jewish Rock Radio, a St. Louis-based online streaming service, and PJ Library, the organization that sends children free Jewish books, have launched a new online radio station.PJ Library Radio went live Dec. 1. It features an array of Jewish artists who...

Jewish rock musician Rick Recht is the founder of Jewish Rock Radio and co-founder of Songleader Boot Camp. Photo courtesy of Rick Recht.

Jewish rocker Rick Recht sings and shares his passions

By Megan Rubenstein, Junior, Parkway North High School January 11, 2017

Rick Recht is a household name in the St. Louis Jewish community. The Jewish rock musician, a St. Louis native, has had an impact on Jewish teens and the Jewish community for many years. Recht is founder of Jewish Rock Radio, co-founder of Songleader...

Rick Recht

Temple Israel hosts ‘Groovy’ Rick Recht concert/community event

August 31, 2016

On Friday evening, Sept. 16, Congregation Temple Israel is hosting an outdoor Shabbat event called Shabbatstock for families in the St. Louis Jewish community. The evening includes a bring-your-own picnic dinner on the Brodsky Circle lawn, complimentary...

Hazzan Joanna Dulkin takes part in a morning prayer service at the Songleader Boot Camp conference on Monday morning at the Jewish Community Center. Photo: Andrew Kerman

‘Boot Camp’ harmoniously melds Jewish leadership, music

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light February 17, 2016

When it comes to expressing the reason Jewish music in St. Louis is so special, Joanna Dulkin doesn’t hesitate. Standing in a hallway at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex, the former cantor of Shaare Zedek gestures at the man...

Jewish rock musician — and St. Louis native — Sheldon Low leads a session at a past Songleader Boot Camp Conference at the Jewish Community Center. Jewish Light file photo

Songleader Boot Camp Conference to feature top national faculty

January 28, 2016

The seventh annual Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) National Conference will bring some of the top nationally renowned leaders in Jewish life to the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur from Sunday, Feb. 14 to Tuesday, Feb. 16.The...

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