I like to pretend that I'm just one of many players on the still-thriving, 2nd Avenue, Yiddish Theater stages, and entertainment still only happens live! Hey it's a little bit of a daydream but it keeps me going.

I also dabble in Jewish, liturgical prayer leadership, teaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons and leading folk songs for elders.

Musician's statement




Piano Playing

Bat Mitzvah Tutoring

Torah Leyning

Jewish Cantorial

HB Studio
Acting and Musical Theater
Beckett and Maskleris
Soprano I/II and Alto II
Jewish People's Philharmonic Choir, NYC
Binyumen Schechter
Soprano I
Rottenberg Chorale (Hebrew Music), NYC
Benjamin Gruder, Lucy Moses School
SLBC (Song Leader's Boot Camp)
National Conference
Rick Recht








National Yiddish Theater (Folksbiene)
​2014 - present

We are a traveling actors troupe called the "trumpenikes". We perform classic Yiddish Theater pieces across the North East - all in Yiddish.

Arts Fellowship Coordinator
Drisha Institute for Jewish Education

​2011 - 2013

Studied Talmud with Devora Steinmetz and composed songs based on the stories within it.. See my music page for samples of my original songs.

Cantorial Soloist
Four Star Residences, Riverdale, NY
2014 - present

Lead Shabbat evening (Kabbalat Shabbat & Maariv) services whenever the Rabbi/Cantor is out.

Kittay House, Bronx, NY
Perform American folk songs and classics for elder residents at the assisted living center.
Israel America Foundation, New York, NY
Peform Jewish Folk songs for every major/minor Jewish holiday.
Database Management Analyst
Community Healthcare Network

2007 - present

I write SQL queries to extract data from a 500-user medical record database. I love my co-workers and the underpriviledged community we serve. This job makes me feel very smart and helps support my music career.

Drisha Institue for Jewish Education​
2008 - 2010
General studies in Talmud and Tanakh
Yeshivat Midreshet Rachel V'Chaya, Jerusalem 
Spring 2006
General studies in Tanakh
University of Utah

1998 - 2002

Major in Environmental Studies

Minor in Economics



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