We envision Romemu as a place where music inspires us to feel and live deeply, to grow more empowered, to connect from the heart, and to be of service in the world.
While it is completely fine to come to services and let the music and prayer wash over you, we want to offer resources to help you learn to pray along to Romemu services. Below you will find recordings of two complete services.
This service is one long file, and not broken into separate tracks like the above Friday service. If you need a specific song, please contact the Music Director.
Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer was ordained June 2014 by Hebrew College Rabbinical School. She strives to build community through prayerful music, and music through prayerful community.
During her rabbinic training she developed family programming for Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, MA, interned for a Masorti community in Tel Aviv, and directed leadership programs for the non-profit organization Encounter, in Jerusalem.
Jessica has performed as a vocalist with Hankus Netsky, Frank London, and Yuval Ron, and studied and performed sacred Jewish music with rabbis and paytanim while living in Jerusalem.
After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies, Jessica pursued graduate theater training in London, and appeared in many film, theater, and television projects in Europe and the United States: most notably, as a principal role in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist.
Chazzan Basya Schechter was ordained January 2016 by ALEPH Cantorial School, and has been the recipient of numerous compositional and project grants from NY State Council of the Arts and the American Music Center. She is also known for her group Pharaoh’s Daughter, a seven-piece neohasidic world music ensemble that travels effortlessly through continents, key signatures, and languages with a genre-bending sound.
Shoshana Jedwab is an award-winning Jewish educator, and primal percussionist. The Life Force moves through Shoshana as she passionately drums and sings in community. Shoshana Jedwab is also the Jewish Studies Coordinator at the A.J. Heschel Middle School. She taught Bible to Shir Yaakov, Romemu’s Music Director, when he was in the 8th grade. Shoshana delights in helping others experience the underlying unity and responsiveness of existence through music, play, ritual and rhythm. Shoshana Jedwab is the founding facilitator of the JCC drum circle and specializes in Jewishly themed drum circles. She also offers adults, teens, and children Jewish drumming prayer services that embody the energy and intention of the liturgy and the primal forces of nature that inspired the prayers.
Shoshana has been very blessed to perform with: Debbie Friedman, Kirtan Rabbi, Storahtelling, Chana Rothman, Rabbi Shefa Gold, Darshan, Taya Shere, Akiva Wharton, Peace of Heart Choir, and Arnie Davidson. She was the sole composer and musician for the theater production of A Song of Solomon, and is the sacred drummer and teacher for the Kohenet Institute, the Holy Drummers Institute and Nehirim. Shoshana Jedwab is also an emerging singer-songwriter of sacred melodies. Shoshana is channeling ancient Hebrew prophecy and prayer into world music, and celebrating the universal impulse to sing out one’s gratefulness and surrender into deeper consciousness. Her first solo project “I Remember” is taking shape (listen here). Shoshana is grateful to the Romemu community for playing/praying with her and helping her skills grow through practice. When she is not drumming, Shoshana can be found with her partner Rabbi Jill Hammer, chasing her young daughter, Raya Leela, through the sanctuary. shoshanajedwab.com
Dan Nadel is a graduate of the BFA jazz program at the New School, and is proud to list among his world-class teachers, Billy Harper, Hal Galper, Jane Ira Bloom, Vic Juris, Armen Donelian, and classical guitarist Virginia Luque. New York has proven to be an ideal place for a musician so passionate about exploring styles from around the world — ranging from Brazilian music to flamenco, from jazz to Middle Eastern, and bluegrass to rock. Prior to moving to New York in 1997, Nadel completed a three-year compulsory army duty in Israel, where he served as the guitarist for the Israel Defense Forces’ Air Force Band. Nadel graduated from the jazz program at the prestigious Thelma Yellin High School for the Performing Arts in Tel Aviv.nadelmusic.com
Nadav Lev graduated with honors the Master of Music program at the Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of David Starobin and David Leisner. He earned his bachelor degree Cum Laude from the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv, where he studied Composition with Ruben Seroussi and Itzhak Sadai. He also holds B.A. in Philosophy from the Tel-Aviv University. Nadav was born in Kibbutz Nachshon, Israel. Currently a classical guitarist and composer, he began playing jazz guitar at the age of nine. After graduating with honors from the Jazz Department at the Thelma Yelin High School for the Arts, he went on to join Israel’s Air Force Orchestra as a guitarist. Turning to classical music, he began studying classical guitar and composition with Ruben Seroussi. An active music educator as well, Nadav is currently on faculty at the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center and the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York, as well as maintaining a private studio.nadavlev.com
Born to a family of professional musicians and NY Jewish lefty activists, instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and recording artist Laura Wolfe has been singing and making music her entire life. Laura started singing professionally at the young age of five at Lake George Opera, where her mother Mimi Stern Wolfe was employed. Laura went on to study violin and guitar at Third Street Music School and performed with the Downtown Children’s Musical Theater. She attended LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts and Oberlin College for voice and original performance, and landed her first tour with the European Broadway Road Production of the musical “Hair”. Making a name for herself as a singer/songwriter Laura played the key NYC venues The Knitting Factory, Bitter End, and Joe’s Pub. She has sung yiddish songs for public school children and worked with yiddish theater veteran actor, writer and director Eleanor Reissa who directed Downtown Music Productions 2011 production of Harold Rome’s Pins and Needles. Following her calling to sing sacred music Laura has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Tribeca Performing Arts Center with Lavender Light Gospel Choir and soloed on their 2000 release “Light in the House”. In 2005 she independently released her first full length CD “SIREN”, produced with Grammy award winner Steve Addabbo (Suzanne Vega, Toshi Reagan, Shawn Colvin) which made the finals of NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and has been supported by College Radio Airplay on over 200 stations and 4 continents. After a 14 year chanting and meditation practice and offering sanskrit chants at yoga studios, centers, retreats and festivals with such western kirtan notables as WAH, Dave Stringer, Ananda Rasa, and Marfil Laskhmi Delgado, Laura Wolfe released “Mantra” in 2012, which highlights her gifts as a composer, violinist, harmonium player and vocalist. After playing violin with the Kirtan Rabbi for two years her longing to return to her Jewish musical roots was fulfilled when she joined the Romemu band. She is thrilled to be offering her talents in support of Romemu’s mission and looks forward to bringing her eternally bold voice and soulful violin playing to Jewish ecstatic prayer for many years to come. laurawolfe.com
New York based drummer Brian Adler grew up playing Indian percussion and later studied Jazz and South American music. Dave Wayne of Jazz Review.com calls him “an amazing instrumentalist who has seemingly mastered all aspects of percussion… his bubbling, percolating rhythms carry the music forward in the most graceful possible ways.”
Adler has performed around the world from Carnegie Hall (New York), to Thelonious (Buenos Aires), to the Ear Shot Jazz festival (Seattle) to Passinger Fabrik (Munich). He has been featured in Newsweek, the Boston Globe, The Village Voice, National Public Radio, Jazz Times, Time Out NY, All About Jazz and many other media sources.
In 2003, he and vocalist Sunny Kim founded Prana Trio, an ensemble dedicated to exploring the ancient spiritual texts of Rumi, Hafiz, Lao Tzu, Kabir, Issa and others. The trio has produced three albums: The Singing Image of Fire (2009), Pranam (2006) and After Dark (2004). His other main project is a World Music collaboration called The Helium Music Project.
Adler, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the New England Conservatory, has performed with Pablo Aslan, Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Dave “Fuze” Fiuczynski, Mark Helias, Stomu Takeishi and Ray Vega, among others. www.brianadler.com
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