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Shabbat Candle Lighting: 7:31pm

Sheldon Low: Inspiring Connections

Don’t miss Sheldon at the JCC Community Block Party on Sunday, June 5, 2016. 
The Sheldon Low Concert was cancelled due to inclement weather. 

Since the start of his Jewish music career, Sheldon Low has infused Jewish song, spirit, and religion into rousing rock and roll rhythms. He has released four albums, two of which – It’s All Challah To Me and Look at Me -- have been widely distributed by PJ Library.

“Judaism has so much to offer in terms of music and spiritual ground. It’s a great teaching tool, too,” he says, “but the packaging can be outdated.”

“Judaism has always been evolving, the traditions are moving.  I am trying to be another link in the long history of keeping Judaism alive, resonant, joyous, and inclusive.”  Personally, Low enjoys all music, but loves to use rock and pop music as his medium for getting across his message.

“Rock music gets you in the gut and so you have one year-olds to 101 year-olds at concerts rocking out, while singing and absorbing Jewish messages of love and inclusion.”

Low also loves the melodies of a traditional worship service -- they provide beautiful channels to spirituality.

“When I play before a group,” Low explains, “We bring together many individual’s perceptions, from many settings – many audiences in one -- and I like to try and create moments, touchstones to plug into people who want to be connected to one another.”

“My hope from my concerts “is that people connect with one another, build community, and are then inspired to do something for that community, whether it’s as simple as striking up a conversation with someone from a different background, to volunteering, to executing a full-scale social justice project." 

Low has a strong fan base among youth audiences, playing over 100 shows per year and appearing at conventions, conferences, and Jewish festivals, as well as dozens of Jewish camps each summer.

Widely known for his exhilarating live performances and services, Low will feature two New York-based musicians with him on the Gordon stage, Brian A. Holtz on bass and Ronen Itzik on drums.

Low has been involved in the Jewish music scene for nine years, and it is a place, he says, where the sounds, the subject matter, and the experience are fantastic, where he’s been able to explore and experience new levels of expression and creativity.

Low tries to take text or values from Jewish liturgy and put them to text and lyrics with new and innovative rhythms. While there are a handful of Jewish rock musicians he believes he’s differentiated himself.  He performs Jewish pop rock music, as opposed to popular Jewish folk or acoustic music.

In 2013, Low started Hallelu Records, an independent Jewish record label based in New York City. Sheldon is currently writing his fifth studio album, tentatively titled Shehecheyanu (To Life) named after his latest single release.  Sheldon is already performing some of the new material from the album on tour.

In addition to his work as a Jewish musician and educator, Low is highly regarded as a Jewish innovator, having served as a founding head faculty member of Songleader Boot Camp, Artist Relations, reporter, and blog manager for Jewish Rock Radio.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Low is a third generation songleader. He was fortunate to meet and be mentored by national touring Jewish musician, Rick Recht, who played at the Gordon last January.

Currently the Artist in Residence of Temple Israel of the City of New York, Low resides in New York City with his beautiful partner, Hadar Orshalimy, with whom he created the “Take a Walk In My Shoes” project, a music-based project who's mission is to inspire young men and women, build self-esteem, and promote gender equality.

“Music is not a final destination for me. The music is the channel and is crucial but it’s not the bullseye.  I like to see people connect.”

Co-presented with the Macks Center for Jewish Education and PJ Library and The Associated's Center for Jewish Camping, Sheldon Low will appear at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts January 24, 2016, at 3:00pm. The family concert is recommended for ages 3+. The Sheldon Low Concert was cancelled due to inclement weather. 

To purchase tickets visit gordoncenter.com.