SPRINGFIELD – Temple Beth El invites the community to a concert for all ages featuring Jewish musician Rick Recht on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, located at 979 Dickinson St.
The concert is part of the Sandi Kupperman Learning Center’s annual Shabbaton at Temple Beth El.
Rick Recht is widely recognized as a pioneer of the Jewish rock music genre, elevating the medium of Jewish music as a powerful and effective tool for developing Jewish pride and identity. In addition to his role as an artist, he is regarded as a top Jewish educator and leader in the Jewish world. He is the founder and executive director of Songleader Boot Camp, one of the top leadership training programs in North America. Songleader Boot Camp provides intensive training programs for clergy, Jewish educators, religious school teachers, and camping staff at national and regional conferences. Rick also presents leadership training programs at congregations and conventions across the U.S.
Recht is also the founder and executive director of Jewish Rock Radio (JRR), the first high-caliber, 24/7 Jewish rock Internet radio station found at jewishrockradio.com and iPhone and Android apps. JRR broadcasts contemporary Jewish rock music, interviews with Jewish celebrities, and interviews featuring youth from communities around the world speaking about exciting experiences they have had engaging in Jewish life. He is the national music spokesman for PJ Library and is a member of United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis, MO, where he serves as Artist-in-Residence.
He has launched tours playing at Jewish day and overnight camps from coast to coast, including Ramah, URJ, BBYO, JCC and private camps, garnering a feverish following among the national Jewish youth movements.
Recht has 10 top-selling Jewish albums, including his latest hit album, Halleluyah. His two solo children’s CDs, Free to Be the Jew in Me and Look at Me, have been distributed nationally to tens of thousands of Jewish preschool-age children through PJ Library.
Tickets for the concert, which are on sale now at Temple Beth El, are $10 per adult; $8 per student (through age 22). Tickets are also available to purchase online at www.tbespringfield.org. This concert is subsidized by the Cantor Morton Shames Cultural Arts Fund. Contact Caryn Resnick at (413) 737-0170 for more information.