Join Bible Raps to create A Jewish American Rap Musical: From Emma Lazarus To Notorious RBG

$9,192   raised
GOAL: $12,000

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The Challenge and Our Solution

Building on the success of the past 10 years, it is now time for Bible Raps to expand our offerings in response to the current political reality. We know one of the ways to make sense of difficult times is to look to the history of those who’ve come before us, other Jewish Americans, to see how they’re dealt with adversity, how they’ve applied Jewish wisdom over the years and persevered and positively contributed to our great nation.

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Jewish students are longing for something that can give them guidance as Americans and Jews today. Timothy Snyder, author of “On Tyranny – 20 Lessons from the 20th Century”, encourages us to defend American institutions, such as museums, libraries, and other records of history, and to be a patriot, setting a good example of what America means for the generations to come.

We are at a pivotal moment in our country’s history and Bible Raps is uniquely poised to share specifically our Jewish immigrant history through rap; to provide the younger generation with a treatise of rap ballads filled with the history of our people as they came up in America, boldly embodying Jewish wisdom while navigating the freedom and challenges America presented.

We need YOUR help to launch our album creation. Your contributions will go toward research, writing and recording sessions, collaborator outreach, and accompanying curriculum design, as well as marketing and distribution of the finished product. With this album, B-Raps will be able to teach about the American Jewish experience in the most powerful media today – rap!

Bible Raps has set out to create a rap album walking us through 350 years of the Jewish American experience vis a vis the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The album will utilize the strength of Bible Raps’ network, collaborating with other Jewish artists and poets. Take a look and listen to one of the tracks, Ms. Liberty, and imagine it with full female vocals. Through our collective networks, we will reach Jewish schools and tour public schools all across the country. What has worked for Jewish concepts and Torah text education over the past decade is ripe to be used to expound on the history of the American Jew, in a way that can speak to American Jewish identity.

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From the game Sandy Koufax didn’t play to the poem etched on the Statue of Liberty written by Emma Lazarus, American Jewish history will get the every generation inspired by Hamilton-like sharpness and give our kids a passionate patriotic portrait of America through our Jewish story. With some exciting partnerships to announce, B-Raps will take its experience and expertise to inspire and educate about Judaism’s important role in American History and America’s crucial role in the Jewish people.

This campaign is being spearheaded by a member of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation network and has been awarded a matching grant. Schusterman is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world. Learn more about the Foundation here.

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2017-05-01
Anonymous donor
2017-04-30
Anonymous donor
$100
"Go Matt!"
2017-04-28
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
$4000
2017-04-26
Katie, Marty, Sam, Jacob and Mathilda
2017-04-26
Dan and Miriam Horwitz
$36
"Kill it!"
2017-04-24
Jody and Mat Marks
$36
2017-04-24
Jill Matlow
$25
2017-04-22
Jackie & Ted Matlow
$50
"Go luck"
2017-04-21
Lou Matlow
$25
2017-04-14
Rabbi Alanna Sklover
"Looking forward to this great project - and let me know if you want any kid-collaboration partners!"
2017-04-13
Brent Osborne
$18
"In honor of a rockin' inaugural Bible Raps retreat. Keep rapping, keep loving and keep being YOU!"
2017-04-10
Anonymous donor
$1500
2017-04-10
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2017-04-06
Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown, PA
$72
"Thanks to Educator Stacey Delcau for bringing BibleRaps to Allentown"

Join Bible Raps to create A Jewish American Rap Musical: From Emma Lazarus To Notorious RBG

$9,192   raised
GOAL: $12,000

16

 Donors

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Nine years ago, Jerry Silverman, current president of the Federations said “Matt bar has mastered the difficult art of making text study relevant, creative and fun for Jewish youth... His method really works!” Since then, we’ve gotten a whole lot better by doing over 600 gigs. Designed to bring the richness of Jewish wisdom, history and traditions to life through original albums, the creation of student-generated rap songs and eye-catching music videos, Bible Raps aims to educate and inspire Jewish children, teenagers, and adults to see Judaism as a living and breathing experience, fostering a generation that self identifies with Jewish wisdom and heritage. Bible Raps uses hip-hop, the genre of the youth, as well as cutting edge technology and culture to revitalize classic texts of the past, making text-based education relevant and exciting. We are now turning our attention where it is needed and wanted: America. And we want your help.

  • Clara Lemlich Shavelson
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    Like any good socialist, you give what you can and unify with the workers!

  • Emma Lazarus
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    Like proto-Zionist, feminist, Emma Lazarus, you are ahead of your time in many ways and I'll send you poetry worthy of a statue when this is done!

  • Sandy Koufax
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    This will help with studio time for Matt to record with hist left-hand man Ori Salzburg. We'll shout you out with a twitter rap.

  • Haym Solomon
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    Contribute to this Revolution like Haym did in 1776.

  • Oratorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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    You are helping us change the game! We will come and perform for you!

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