Mah Rabu! A Josh Warshawsky Album

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The Jewish Innovation

My name is Josh Warshawsky, and my project is to create a full-length album of original Jewish music to inspire a new generation of Jews in the 21st century. I’m a Jewish educator, musician and songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. During the last six years working in this field, I have discovered the endless possibilities to connect and build community through music. I have been inspired by contemporary folk, rock, and pop music, by the melodies of our ancestors, and by Jewish musicians and song leaders of the past 25 years. Music brings us together and takes us to places we have never imagined. I want to share these songs and melodies and continue to sing them with you for years to come. But I can’t do it alone. I need your help!

The Impact

People are searching for new ways to be inspired and new paths to connect to their Judaism. Music knows no boundaries and has the power to bring even the most diverse group of people together. As Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, “First we sing, then we understand…Praise and song open our eyes to the grandeur of reality that transcends the self. Song restores the soul.” For the past two years, I have had the opportunity to serve as the first Artist-in-Residence at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, where I have been fortunate to see firsthand how music can unite people. This past year, my position expanded to include working as the music teacher at Pressman Academy. In these roles I create opportunities for musical engagement for people of all ages. Both the synagogue and school served as a laboratory for me to try out my new melodies during Tefillot (prayer).

During the past year and a half that I have lived in LA I have written dozens of songs that have been used for worship and in my teaching, and I’ve narrowed them down to the top 12 that I’m so excited to record. These songs are in both Hebrew and English and span the breadth of Jewish texts — from our weekday and Shabbat liturgy to the words of our prophets like Isaiah and Ezekiel, to Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers). My song list wouldn’t be complete without some melodies without words at all (Niggunim).

A closing thought: A zemer is a song or melody, commonly used to reference the beautiful melodies we sing on Shabbat. If you spell it backwards, you get the word remez, meaning “hint.” It is when we sing and pray together that we build a space in which we are able to see and experience a hint of something more; a hint of the Divine. Please join me in sharing this new music with the world.

What Will You Do with the Money?

Making an album these days is a huge undertaking. I am working with the extremely talented musician Sam Glaser to record, produce, and mix my album. It is going to require a lot of studio time to record at least 12 songs. In addition to Sam, I’ll be working with a variety of musicians, singers, producers, mixers, and editors throughout the process that all need to be paid. Then, the album needs to be mastered to yield the best version of each song. I will also use some of the funds to design a cover and actually make the CDs. All of the funds raised will go towards completing this project. With your help, I can turn a dream that I have had for so long into a reality. Thank you so much for your support.

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Mah Rabu! A Josh Warshawsky Album

$17,371   raised
GOAL: $16,500

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Josh Warshawsky
CA, USA

Josh Warshawsky is the Artist-in-Residence at Temple Beth Am and the music teacher at the Pressman Academy in Los Angeles, California, where he brings a new musical energy to the synagogue, day school, religious school, teen and adult communities. He has been a music teacher at B’nai Jeshurun in NY, Beth El in South Orange, NJ, and the United Synagogue of Hoboken. He spent 13 summers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin as a camper, counselor, head songleader, and unit head. Josh has been sharing his original melodies with Jewish communities throughout the country, and you can hear his tunes for Tefillot sung at Ramah and URJ camps. He will be continuing his studies next year in rabbinical school.

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    Thank you! Mah Rabu! You are a beautiful person and I am so thankful to know you and have you in my life! ! For your donation you will receive: -A signed copy of the album with a personalized note!

  • SIGNED CD, RUCHI V'NISHMATI DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
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    Thank you for your support! For your donation, you will receive: -A signed copy of the album with a personalized note! -A digital download of the album as soon as it is completed! -A digital download of my first 5-song EP (Extended Play album) of original Jewish music, "Ruchi V'Nishmati"

  • SIGNED CD, LINER NOTES
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    Thank you for your support! For your donation, you will receive: -A signed copy of the album with a personalized note. -A digital download of the album as soon as it is completed! -A digital download of my first 5-song EP (Extended Play album) of original Jewish music, "Ruchi V'Nishmati" -Your name will appear in the liner notes on the album!

  • RUCHI V'NISHMATI VIP INSIDER'S PACKAGE
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    Thank you for your support! For your donation, you will receive: -A signed copy of the album with a personalized note. -A digital download of the album as soon as it is completed! -A hard copy of my first 5-song EP (Extended Play album) of original Jewish music, "Ruchi V'Nishmati". -VIP insider updates, pics, and videos throughout the project. -Your name will appear on the liner notes on the album.

  • SKYPE LESSON
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    Thank you for your support! Ever wanted to write a song, learn guitar, study some Torah, or some other skill you think I might have? We'll set up a private skype session to work on that together! For your donation, you'll also receive: -A signed copy of the album with a personalized note. -A digital download of the album as soon as it is completed! -A hard copy of my first 5-song EP (Extended Play album) of original Jewish music, "Ruchi V'Nishmati". -VIP insider updates, pics, and videos throughout the project. -Your name will appear on the liner notes on the album.

  • LA AREA: TEFILLAH PROGRAM OR GUITAR/SONGLEADING LESSON
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    Do you live in the LA area? Thank you so much for your support! I will come to your school, home, synagogue, or community and create and run a unique and energy-filled Tefillah experience catered to your community. I can also lead a guitar, Jewish music, or songleading workshop. You will also receive: -A signed copy of the album with a personalized note. -A digital download of the album as soon as it is completed! -A hard copy of my first 5-song EP (Extended Play album) of original Jewish music, "Ruchi V'Nishmati" -VIP insider updates, pics, and videos throughout the project. -Your name will appear on the liner notes on the album.

  • SPONSOR A TRACK
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    Thank you so much for your support! For your donation, you will have the opportunity to sponsor or cosponsor a track on the album! Your name or dedication will appear below the track title in the the album liner notes. You will also receive: -Five copies of the album -A digital download of the album as soon as it is completed! -A hard copy of my first 5-song EP (Extended Play album) of original Jewish music, "Ruchi V'Nishmati" -VIP insider updates, pics, and videos throughout the project.

  • RESIDENCY
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    Thank you so much for your support! I really appreciate it. I would love to come share my music and passion with you and your community*. We will design a residency that is unique for your community, filled with music, concerts, song sessions, text study, teaching, davening, and more. -Five copies of the album -A digital download of the album as soon as it is completed! -A hard copy of my first 5-song EP (Extended Play album) of original Jewish music, "Ruchi V'Nishmati" -VIP insider updates, pics, and videos throughout the project. *Transportation not included

  • MAH RABU
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    Thank you so much for believing in me and in this project. Choose from two of the above rewards, or we'll work something else out. -Five copies of the album -A digital download of the album as soon as it is completed! -A hard copy of my first 5-song EP (Extended Play album) of original Jewish music, "Ruchi V'Nishmati" -VIP insider updates, pics, and videos throughout the project.

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