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October 7, 2015 | 24th Tishrei 5776

David Broza to Rock URJ Biennial!

Israeli Star Tops Outstanding Musical Lineup

Contact: Annette Powers

Internationally acclaimed Israeli musician David Broza leads a long list of outstanding musicians and entertainers who will perform at the Union for Reform Judaism's (URJ) Biennial conference, being held Dec. 14-18 near Washington, DC.

The URJ Biennial is the largest conference in North American Jewish life, bringing together some 5,000 people from hundreds of congregations to learn, pray, share ideas, and make decisions about the policies of the Reform Movement.

Broza is considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world. His charismatic and energetic performances have filled concert halls with his famous guitar playing, ranging from flamenco flavored rhythmic and percussion techniques, to whirlwind finger picking, to a signature rock and roll sound.

More than a singer/songwriter, David Broza is also well known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian causes and is best known for his hit song, Yihye Tov (It Will be Good) which has become an anthem of the Israeli peace process. This summer, Broza crafted an updated version of the song which served as the musical touchstone for the massive protests in Israel demanding social justice.

Joining Broza at the Biennial will be some of the most popular Jewish musicians today including Josh Nelson, Craig Taubman, Rick Recht, Peri Smilow, Dan Nicholas, Chana Rothman, Rabbi Joe Black, Julie Silver and the quartet SoulAviv. Visit the Biennial website for a list of all the entertainers.

On its opening night, The Biennial will pay tribute to the late Debbie Friedman, z"l, Friedman's performances were often a Biennial highlight, and the Union will be announcing a new award for musical contributions named in her honor.

"If you ask previous Biennial attendees to describe the most memorable parts of their Biennial experiences, they almost always mention the music," said Josh Nelson, music director for the Biennial. "The performers who come to be a part of the Biennial are from different backgrounds; they play in different styles, and write lyrics that are reflective of their personal stories; they approach their work from a myriad of perspectives, creating compositions that both inspire and uplift; and, they provide us with a vehicle be closer to God." Read more from Josh Nelson in this blog: 5000 Voices, One Community.

Visit the URJ Biennial website for more information.

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