Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Day 13 - Meet The ROIers - Music Makers

Music has been used as a vehicle for social change for generations and a sizable number of ROI Community members are continuing this legacy, some of whom are included below:

Simja Dujov is a composer, singer and player of Klezmer, Gypsy and world music, mixed with new styles and infused with Latin flavours.

Ami Yares is the founder and Director of FocUS Music, a music project about American social issues that is being taught in schools across Israel.

Michelle Citrin is a singer/songwriter, well known for her YouTube hits "20 Things to do with Matzah" and "Rosh Hashanah Girl".

Naomi Less is a songwriter, Jewish worship musician, song-leader and rock-band leader. She is the Founder of 'Jewish Chicks Rock'.

Sheldon Low is the Continuity/Artist Relations Director at Jewish Rock Radio. He is also the artist in residence at Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Shai Haddad is known globally as the socially-driven hip hop artist, song writer and record producer, SHI 360. Shai uses his music to educate on a range of social issues and to encourage positive change.

Nili (Onili) Ohayon is an Israeli singer, song writer, performer and video artist and heads her own brand, Onili. She and her business partner Barak Kram tour Israel with their electronic rock show.

Noa Margalit is a singer and guitar player in the Israeli band The Carsitters. She is committed to using her position to enhance Israel's image abroad.

Gal Friedman is a social and technological entrepreneur, artist and musician. He is the Program Director of ShabbaTLV which aims to expose the beauty of Judaism to young secular Israelis.

Yitz Jordan, otherwise known as Y-Love, draws upon the Torah, Judaism and progressive politics to write music to both educate and entertain young audiences.

Josh Nelson is a multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter and one of the most popular performers and producers in modern Jewish music. Josh is part of the musical team for the Broadway production of 'Sleepless in Seattle'.

Joel Waldman is a self-taught piano and guitar player. He is an accomplished composer and wrote the score and prepared the parts for Whitney Houston's musicians on her 2010 world tour.

Noemi Schlosser runs her own theater company, Salomee Speelt. She has been chosen by the European Union to create her conceptual show Traktorfabik to mark 100 years since World War I.

Multi-talented Gadi Rouache has been described as a mix of artist and entrepreneur. As a designer he has worked for many high profile clients including Disney, Wanrner Bros and the UN.

Erez Safar a.k.a. Diwon/DJ Handler is the founder and director of the Jewish music site Shemspeed. He produces a mix of Yemenite and Sephardic music blended with electro hip hop beats. He has performed with Lou Reed, Matisyahu and Idan Reichel.

Tera (Nova Jade) Greene is an award winning DJ, independent film producer, writer and entrepreneur. Her musical highlights include showcasing original music at The Ford in Hollywood and opening for Grammy-nominated artist Kelis.

Neshama Carlebach is a singer, songwriter and teacher, dedicated to continuing the legacy of her father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Her music has captivated people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the world.

Rebecca Joy Fletcher is a playwright, actress, cantor and scholar/performer of international Jewish cabaret. Her performance highlights include the off-Broadway run of her show Kleynkunst!

Miriam Brosseau is half of the Biblegum Pop duo Stereo Sinai, along with her husband, producer Alan Jay Sufrin. Earlier this year, Miriam was named as a young visionary in the Jewish Week's 36 Under 36.


  1. The caliber of these musicians is just lovely. Life's a blessing and they are truly blessings of light unto the world. So honored to be alongside them!

  2. thanks for the love!

    check out the music too!