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Information: Emily Grotta, 212.650.4227
ESGrotta@urj.org

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Houston Community Invited to Free Concert of New Jewish Music Sunday, Nov. 20
Debbie Friedman, Jeff Klepper, Kol B’Seder & Many Others to Perform

HOUSTON, TX—Nov. 10—The best of new Jewish musicians will perform Sunday, November 20, in a free concert from 2-4 p.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center as the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial Convention draws to a close.

Debbie Friedman, Rick Recht, Dan Nichols, Doug Cotler, Kol B’Seder with Jeff Klepper and Rabbi Daniel Freelander, URJ Greene Family Camp Director Loui Dobin and many others who have changed the face of Jewish music will perform in the concert that is a thank you to the Reform community of Greater Houston for their hospitality during the five-day convention.

In addition, the Convention’s Judaica Exhibit, which features close to 200 vendors of items for every taste and budget, will be open to the community on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Debbie Friedman’s music has become a treasured part of the life of thousands, who find and comfort in her Mi Shebeirach and other Hebrew prayers. Friedman’s music gives voice to the soul that modern life too often ignores – the soul of individuals and the soul of the Jewish people. A singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has recorded 19 albums, her music has been fully integrated into synagogue liturgy and is sung and loved by all generations.

As the lead singer of E18HTEEN, the Jewish rock group, Dan Nichols is one of the most popular and influential Jewish musicians in North America, performing over 200 concerts a year. His music has become an important part of the Reform Jewish Movement, and his songs are featured on NFTY’s best-selling CDs Ruach 5761 and Ruach 5763. In 2001, E18HTEEN released Be Strong–the group’s most popular CD to date. Nichols’s last two albums have garnered critical acclaim and a legion of growing fans.

Rick Recht,one of the most talented and popular artists in the world of Jewish music, is the top-touring musician in Jewish music today giving over 125 concerts a year in the United States and abroad. Recht, a NFTY alum from St. Louis, is widely recognized for his appeal to both youth and family audiences as an exceptional musician, singer/songwriter and entertainer.

Doug Cotler is a Grammy Award-winning composer and an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician whose sensitive and penetrating interpretations of liturgy as well as his insightful and humorous songs about Jewish events and heroes have placed him in the forefront of contemporary Jewish music. He has recorded six original Jewish music albums, including “Listen,” which contains the hit song “Standing on the Shoulders” that has become an anthem in films and religious services.

Jeff Klepper, one of the leading cantors of the American Jewish community, has been expanding the boundaries of contemporary Jewish music for more than three decades. In 1974 he and Freelander, now vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, formed Kol B’Seder, composing and performing celebrations of the Jewish spirit through their melodies for “Shalom Rav,” “Oseh Shalom” as well as original lyrics.

While there is no admission fee to the concert, visitors will be asked to show a photo ID.

The exhibit and trade show is part of the Union for Reform Judaism’s convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which will bring 4,500 Reform Jews from across North America and Israel to Houston November 16-20.

“More than 700 members of the 10 Reform congregations in the Greater Houston area are volunteering at the convention,” said Jane Rips, the chair of the 2005 Biennial Program Committee. “Sunday’s activities are one way that we are saying ‘thank you’ for all that the community is doing to ensure the Biennial’s success.”

The Union for Reform Judaism is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union programs and services include music and book publishing, adult education opportunities, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, and the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC.

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