The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Do you love music? Want to learn more about songleading and make music with like-minded artists?
Music lovers, camp song leaders, cantors, teens, and interested musicians are invited to join us for the LIVE "After Show" of Unplugged following the release of each podcast. This podcast features live acoustic performances, interviews, and conversation about song writing, songleading, and music making, hosted by well-known musician Alan Goodis. This month, join us live* with Shira Kline sharing her story and her music.
Unplugged with Alan Goodis is hosted by well-known musician Alan Goodis and produced by the URJ Youth Department in partnership with NFTY Nashir, Hava Nashira at OSRUI, URJ Kutz Camp songleading track, and the American Conference of Cantors.
Alan is a touring Jewish musician playing over 150 events a year. Born and raised in Toronto, Alan is a proud product of URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute. Noted for his dedication to building relationships and community through music, Alan tours throughout the US to serve as an Artist-In-Residence and performer at Temples, Youth Conventions, and Jewish summer camps.
In 2009, Alan’s self-titled debut album launched him onto the Jewish music scene with its powerful vocals and bold melodies. Alan is a strong presence in the Reform Jewish movement to engage and empower Jewish youth and adults through music. He’s served as Musical Director for NFTY International Convention and on faculty Hava Nashira. In 2011, he developed Nashir: an NFTY Teen Songleading Institute in partnership with the URJ to provide meaningful Songleader training to high school students. Alan has been a featured performer and presenter at URJ Biennials and the Wexner Foundation. In 2014, Alan released his long-awaited full-length studio album “This Place.” Early this year Alan was named to Chicago Jewish 36 under 36. He lives in Chicago with his wife Codi.
Shira is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning performing artist recognized as a “revolutionary educator” and named one of the “new re-engineers of Jewish life.” She is a founding co-creator and the Director of Worship at Lab/Shul, NYC. On the road, Shira works with a diverse array of Jewish communities to enliven rituals, holiday celebrations, and love for Jewish life and prayer. The product of a modern rabbi and a modern dancer, she blends words, story, and music to create a rich experience for children and adults alike. In addition to performing, Shira works with national organizations across the denominational spectrum facilitating professional development seminars on creative worship and early childhood spiritual pedagogy for clergy, educators, seminary students, and lay leaders. She is on the faculty of Hava Nashira, as well as adjunct faculty for the HUC-JIR Debbie Friedman School for Sacred Music. Shira tours extensively performing for families, adults, and teens in the United States, stages in Israel, England, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Her award-winning Jewish kiddie rock albums along with her “Blog Sameach” are featured worldwide.