4 2021

Broadway to Beastie Boys: Jewish Roots in American Popular Music

6:00PM - 7:00PM  

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Thursdays, February 4 & 18, 6 p.m.
Program via Zoom



Join Zemer Linda Sweenie as she explores the impact of Judaism and Jewish culture on American popular music composers from the 1930s to the present. This two-session series will address how traditional Jewish melodic influences and ethical themes have played major roles in shaping the sounds and messages of modern American music. 

This program is free to attend, but pre-registration is required via this Zoom link.

Zemer Sweenie is the Music Director of Temple B'nai Israel, where she leads music for worship, directs Adult and Youth choirs, directs the Hebrew School, tutors b’nai mitzvah students and teaches a variety of classes for children and adults.

In addition, she, her husband Glenn Philips and bass player Randy Deutch form the contemporary Jewish band Shir Balev (Hebrew for “Song in the Heart”) and have led worship and played concerts throughout the Midwest for the last 18 years. A nationally recognized composer and arranger, Zemer Sweenie is a proud member of the Women Cantors’ Network, and her catalog of original compositions is licensed for use through J-License.   


This program is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation and Temple B'nai Israel.