Open My Heart – Yosef Goldman’s Debut Album

$22,732   raised
GOAL: $20,000

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*UPDATE
We’ve met our goal! And your contributions are still valuable. Additional funds will go toward hiring more musicians, toward the recording and release of more original music this year, and will allow us to further compensate the artists on this project. 

Music to Open the Heart

The moments of growth, of connection, of truly living in my life all have come when I allow myself to be vulnerable – when I open my heart. From praying as a child beside my grandfather at the Yemenite and Syrian synagogues of Brooklyn and touring the country with the Orthodox Miami Boys Choir to singing as a founding member of the prayer team at Romemu- music is consistently the key that unlocks my heart. Whether in moments of joy or moments of pain, the language I use to reach out and connect is music.

 

What is this project?

The eclectic soundscape of this album reflects my mixed Ashkenazi, Yemenite, and Syrian-Turkish heritage, and my own diverse influence. On the album you’ll hear echoes of Hassidic devotional songs; the microtonal scales and instrumentation of Arab classical music; colors of jazz, funk, and Klezmer; Ashkenazi prayer modes; Sufi chanting; and the exuberant Latin rhythms I learned to play on the sidewalks of New York. I combine these diverse elements into a unique Jewish World Music that is deep and prayerful, filled with aspiration and yearning, heartache and joy. This is music for listening, for singing together, and for praying.

This is the music of my heart. I hope that it will move you, and maybe even open your heart, as it has mine. I can’t wait to share it with you!

 

What was my motivation for this album?

 

I wrote the music from this album wearing my various hats: the hat of a synagogue Director of Sacred Music who curates musical prayer services that speak to the soul; the hat of a rabbi who uses music as a tool for teaching; of a chaplain singing with people in sickness, grief, healing, and dying; and that hat of an activist who uses music in the service of organizing faith communities for social change. I also wrote this music as a seeker yearning for growth, healing, and connection- for me, for my community, and for our world. As a pastoral caregiver living with chronic illness, some of the music–such as the song Gesher–written in the context of the suffering and isolation of illness, not only as medicine for me but with a desire to reach out and connect, to offer a healing salve for others. There are also songs inspired by my beloved family, including a melody that my wife, Annie, and I wrote for the bris of our youngest child.

These songs are meant to be sung, and I feel humbled knowing that several of the songs on this album, including Gesher, are already being sung in communities across the country- in synagogues, at camps, at rallies, and around Shabbat tables.

 

My Journey

I grew up in Manhattan in a Modern Orthodox home. I am, by my nature, a seeker. At age 26, after the sudden loss of my father to suicide, I chose to leave the Orthodox world that had defined me to explore the rich spiritual landscape of the American Jewish community beyond Orthodoxy, longing to find my place in Jewish community where I might have the most authentic connection to God and to my own soul, where I could find healing and wholeness.

I have since spent time in communities of every Jewish movement, in a wide range of thriving synagogues and prayer communities- as both a participant and a prayer leader. I am particularly indebted to B’nai Jeshurun, where I served as the first cantorial intern, and to Romemu, where I was a founding member of the prayer team, participating in leading services on and off for seven years- until I graduated from rabbinical school. In those two communities, under the nurturing guidance of their clergy, I rediscovered my voice.

Since leaving Orthodoxy, I have had a rich education on my path to becoming a rabbi and prayer leader. I was blessed with the opportunity to immerse myself in the prayer music of may congregations in the US and Israel- with different styles and repertoires and ritual functions for music- and I have incorporated aspects of what I’ve learned into my song leading, into the various prayer services that I craft, and into the music I write. I’ve delved deeply into the study of contemporary and traditional niggunim (wordless devotional melodies) and piyyutim (liturgical poetry) from across Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. I also studied prayer and Ashkenazi sacred music formally at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s H.L. Miller Cantorial School, where I earned a Master of Sacred Music degree. All of these influences and experiences have a place on this album.

I’ve been making Jewish music practically my whole life- as a vocalist with choirs and bands and as a prayer leader in vibrant communities across the spectrum of Jewish movements. I’ve had the privilege of serving in many wonderful communities and performing and recording with many amazing artists. I’m thrilled and grateful to now be on the verge of presenting my own music for the first time with Open My Heart. I hope you’ll join me in sharing this album with the world.

We’ll record March 31- April 1; the album is expected to be released late summer.

 

Any size contribution is helpful and greatly appreciated.

All contributions are tax deductible.

 

Let My People Sing! Summer 2017, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

 

How will the funds be spent?

$9,000 for musicians

$1,000 for art & design

$4,000 for engineering, mixing, and mastering

$1,800 for arrangements

$1,050 for production of cds

$1,200 for photography and videography

$1,800 for food, lodging, transportation, the crowdfunding platform and miscellaneous costs.

 

Thank you for considering support of Open My Heart. With your help, we can make this album a reality.

 

Support this cause and make a difference

Your donation is tax deductible!

All donations to this charitable cause are collected by Jewcer, and donations exceeding the fair-market value of goods/services received are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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  • March 26, 2019 8:33 am

    Thank you to all who have given. I am entering into this recordinging session with a team of over 230 collaborators and I’m so grateful to have you with me!

    We made our goal! The campaign is still running and we are still taking donations. Anything given at this point will allow us to pay some to those who have volunteered their time, and will be used for the recording and release of additional music later this year!

  • March 13, 2019 2:05 pm

    Wow. I’m grateful and humbled by the amount of support that this project has received. To the over 200 people who chosen to join me in this project- thank you!

    We’re getting ready to record in a few weeks. I invite you to visit my Facebook page to see videos of some of the rehearsals: https://www.facebook.com/yosefgoldmanmusic.

    -Yosef

2019-05-24
Cantor Annelise Ocanto-Romo
"Mazal tov on this wonderful accomplishment, Yosef! Let our hearts and neshamot rejoice with your sacred work."
2019-05-13
Super Ben
$18
2019-05-07
Bhavani Judith Tucker
$18
2019-05-02
Anonymous donor
$500
2019-05-01
Anonymous donor
2019-04-25
Anonymous donor
$18
2019-04-25
Anonymous donor
2019-04-25
Roxanne Claire
2019-04-24
Elizabeth Grubbs
$118
2019-04-24
Sara Luria
$36
"Really excited to hear all of you!"
2019-04-23
Suzanne Guinane, cantorial Soloist & Music Director
$54
2019-04-23
Anonymous donor
2019-04-16
Eliana
2019-04-15
Jonathan Satovsky
$360
2019-04-10
Moksha Sommer
$10
"so happy for this wonderful project!"
2019-04-09
Jordana Cooperberg
$100
2019-03-31
Emily Cook
"Mazal Tov!"
2019-03-31
Clarice Kestenbaum
$200
2019-03-29
Russ Agdern and Marisa Harford
"better late than never! so glad this is going to be in the world, brother!"
2019-03-27
Nancy and Neil Lewis
"Dedicated with love to Yosef, Annie, Zohar, and Shir"
2019-03-27
Anonymous donor
$180
"Kol hakavod"
2019-03-27
Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein & Karina Zilberman
$100
"Thank you for your neshama!"
2019-03-26
Jonathan Dine
$54
"Mazel Tov Yosef and I can't wait it to listen!"
2019-03-26
Lila & Dan Berman
2019-03-26
Ami Yares
"Yes. Big ole Yes!! Can't wait to hear/see/feel the music!"
2019-03-26
Anonymous donor
$18
2019-03-26
Scott Palyo
2019-03-25
Patti Haskell
2019-03-25
Carrie Watkins
$54
"Gratitude from Camberville, MA, where “Gesher” is already spreading like wildfire!"
2019-03-25
Anonymous donor
2019-03-25
Gabe Miner
2019-03-25
Anonymous donor
2019-03-25
Natalie Lyalin and Josh Bolton
$36
"We are so excited for you, Yosef!"
2019-03-25
Anne Albert
$36
2019-03-25
Kathryn Hellerstein
$36
2019-03-25
Hannah Lantos
$26
"Good luck - can’t wait to hear! Also no need to call me out - just wanted the digital download but if it’s meaningful to you to include my name I’m not opposed!"
2019-03-24
Anonymous donor
$18
"Yosef, I'm so excited to hear all of your hard work. You are so talented and I'm so happy we met this year. Mazal tov!"
2019-03-24
Arlene Fickler
2019-03-22
Anonymous donor
2019-03-22
Anonymous donor
"Good Luck"
2019-03-21
Nick May
$18
2019-03-21
Judy Groner and Ron Eisenberg
$54
2019-03-21
Anonymous donor
2019-03-21
Mark Tomko
$36
2019-03-21
Jonathan and Susan Duker
$10
"Sounds intense. Looking forward."
2019-03-20
Anonymous donor
2019-03-19
Oded Yeoshoua
$54
2019-03-19
Avi Moche
$180
"Love you brother! Keep doing amazing things.."
2019-03-19
Russie Rosenberg
$18
"I CANNOT WAIT TO FILL MY EARS AND HEART WITH THIS MUSIC!!!!"
2019-03-18
Judith Hauptman and Milton Adesnik
$100
"Delighted to support this beautiful, soul-enhancing music."
2019-03-17
Anonymous donor
2019-03-17
Alex Weissman and Adam Lavitt
$36
2019-03-17
Anonymous donor
2019-03-17
Anonymous donor
$36
2019-03-17
Judith & Joseph Shuldiner
2019-03-15
Alex Rubin
2019-03-15
Alan, Mara, Samantha and Emily
2019-03-13
Anonymous donor
$360
2019-03-12
Jillian Greene
2019-03-11
Anonymous donor
2019-03-11
Anonymous donor
$180
"Mazel tov, Yosef on this very interesting project you have taken on. Yitzchak and Tzivia"
2019-03-09
Amelie Davidson and Denny Marsh
"I loved listening to your version of Eliyahu and can’t wait to hear the whole album! It’s so inspiring to see you taking this step!"
2019-03-08
Anonymous donor
2019-03-08
Anonymous donor
2019-03-08
Rabbi Jay Weinstein
$100
"May you continue to inspire and elevate prayer through song, words and presence. Amen."
2019-03-07
Jonathan and Randi Singer
$36
2019-03-07
Marilyn Heiss
$36
2019-03-07
Rachel Berger & Josh Frankel
$18
"Thank you for bringing more beauty in song to this world!"
2019-03-07
Anonymous donor
2019-03-07
Anonymous donor
$18
2019-03-07
Harris and Debra Devor
$1500
2019-03-07
Lucy Greenbaum
$54
"Can't wait for this music to fill up so many souls with love"
2019-03-07
Naomi Morse
2019-03-07
Anonymous donor
2019-03-07
Sarah Chandler
$18
2019-03-07
Susan and Marc Sacks
$500
2019-03-07
Hila Ratzabi & Jose Villegas
$36
"Yasher koach!"
2019-03-06
Sarah Waxman and Jacob Cohen
"Congrats, Yosef! Can't wait to listen to the final product."
2019-03-06
Anonymous donor
$36
2019-03-06
Anonymous donor
2019-03-06
Chia Samson
$100
"Wishing you the best of luck!"
2019-03-06
R'David Curiel
"Thank you for sharing your light with the world. Keep it shining!"
2019-03-06
Marshall and Eleanor Hershberg
$100
2019-03-05
Jessie Reagen Mann
$36
"Congratulations Yosef! I know this album will be no less than something amazing and meaningful for the Jewish Community. Can't wait to hear it!"
2019-03-05
Jen Gubitz
$18
"Mazel tov Yosef! Can't wait to listen!"
2019-03-05
Bronwen Mullin
$100
"You GOT this. Thanks for giving it too ;)"
2019-03-05
Anonymous donor
2019-03-03
Ravital Korn
"Kol Hakavod Yosef for all the wonderful music you are bringing to the world!"
2019-03-03
Noah & Oren Pizmony-Levy Drezner
$36
2019-03-03
Sheri & Eli Gurock
$180
"Mazel tov, Yosef! We are so proud of you and can't wait to hear the album!"
2019-03-03
Jake and Linda Kriger
$500
"We love and support what you’re doing and who you are."
2019-03-01
Anonymous donor
"Can't wait for this album!"
2019-03-01
Uri Allen
$36
"So happy for you and for all of us to have your music!"
2019-03-01
Meryl Brown
"Let's get your music heard and loved!!!!! Congrats on this momentous step!"
2019-02-28
Sue Levi Elwell
"May our children and our grandchildren be lifted up on music's wings"
2019-02-28
Laura Hegfield
"Thank you for bringing so much joy, healing and blessing into the world Yosef!"
2019-02-28
Brianah Caplan
"So excited to be able to listen to this soulfeeding music, Reb Yosef! Can’t wait to watch you soooaaarrrrr!!!!!!!!"
2019-02-28
Ben Rotenberg
$54
2019-02-27
Anonymous donor
2019-02-27
Jeremy Lawrence
$18
"You are a soulful man! It was a pleasure to meet you at SLBC and I can't wait to listen to the album."
2019-02-27
Anonymous donor
2019-02-27
Anna Caplan
$18
"Mazal tov!!! Can't wait to hear the album!"
2019-02-27
Rabbi Guy Austrian and Rabbi Jill Jacobs
2019-02-26
Rabbi Oren Steinitz
"Behatzlacha!"
2019-02-26
Ittai Hershman & Linda RIch
$100
2019-02-26
Anonymous donor
"Yosef, so proud to say "I knew you when". May you go, and bring the Jewish community, from strength to strength"
2019-02-26
Joey Weisenberg
$36
"Yay Yosef!"
2019-02-26
Sam Blustin
$54
2019-02-26
Drew & Kelly Cohen
$54
2019-02-26
Anonymous donor
2019-02-26
Jen Cohen
$180
2019-02-26
Jamie Mafdali
2019-02-25
Anonymous donor
2019-02-25
Monica Gomery
$18
"Can't wait to hear and sing this magic for many years to come! <3"
2019-02-25
Shel and Penny Bernick
2019-02-25
Ari Kellman
2019-02-25
Susan and Marc Sacks
$180
"Keep making and singing beautiful music."
2019-02-25
Molly Parr
$54
"I've been enjoying Yosef's music since our melavah malkas in college. Thrilled to be a part of this journey."
2019-02-25
Evan Schultz and Jenny Goldstein
$36
"Happy to support great new Jewish music entering the world!"
2019-02-25
George/Debbie Stern
"Kol ha-kavod Yosef!"
2019-02-25
Anonymous donor
$18
2019-02-24
Stephanie & Adam
"We can't wait to hear it!"
2019-02-24
Cory, Lauren & Caleb
$54
2019-02-24
Oren and Reena Pollak
2019-02-24
Shari Porter
$100
"In memory of Evie Lewis"
2019-02-24
Liz Feldman
"Chazak chazak - may you go from strength to strength! Can't wait to hear. I was privileged to be with you and Joey at Singing Communities Intensive in NY 2016 along with my musician daughter. Have been teaching your melodies to my chavurah, Lomdim, "
2019-02-24
J, D, A, Z & S Spiegel
2019-02-24
Debra - gestaltworks
$100
"Best of Luck Rabbi!"
2019-02-24
Anonymous donor
2019-02-24
Abbie Strauss
$36
"Can’t wait to hear your wonderful music!!"
2019-02-24
Anonymous donor
$54
"So so proud of you - and looking forward to this incredible new music !!"
2019-02-24
Karin Fleisch + Daniel Silverstein
$36
"YES, Yosef! Thank you for your heart, soul and music!"
2019-02-24
Rabbi Beth Kalisch
$100
2019-02-24
Anonymous donor
2019-02-24
Shayna De Lowe and Ben Spratt
2019-02-24
Lynne Ellis
$36
"B'hatzlachah!"
2019-02-24
Josh, Rachel & Eliana Schachter
"So excited to see your dreams flourish!!! Keep singing!"
2019-02-24
Paul and Debbie Mendelson
$250
2019-02-24
Anonymous donor
$36
2019-02-24
Anonymous donor
2019-02-24
Jacqueline Mendelson
$180
"Can’t wait to dance to and sing along with your beautiful music!"
2019-02-24
Susan and Bill Firestone
$100
2019-02-23
Reb Ezra Weinberg
$54
2019-02-23
Barbara Flom Shapiro
$54
2019-02-23
Tamara Cohen
"Woth gratitude for the gifts of your music and soul"
2019-02-23
Anonymous donor
2019-02-23
Lizzi, Henry, and Judah Lev Bernstein Heydemann!
$100
"Keep on shining your light!"
2019-02-23
Rebecca Schoffer
"Looking forward to hearing your album come to life! Your music inspires. Wishing you all the best! Warmly, Rebecca"
2019-02-23
Anonymous donor
$18
2019-02-23
Anonymous donor
$18
2019-02-23
Anonymous donor
2019-02-23
Avi Gitler
$18
2019-02-23
Bill Bragin
$100
2019-02-23
Rob and Julie Aronson
"Cannot wait to hear the magic!!"
2019-02-22
Anonymous donor
2019-02-22
David and Helene Katz Freedman
$10
2019-02-22
Craig Parks
2019-02-22
Samantha Thal
$36
2019-02-22
Rick Dinitz - Mussar Blues
$36
"Honoring the memory of my chevruta, Dorothea Hamilton, z"l. Yosef, continue to go from strength to strength."
2019-02-22
Anonymous donor
2019-02-22
Josh Goldberg
$18
"Keep bringing your beautiful music and light to the world, Rav! B'chatzlecha!"
2019-02-22
Anonymous donor
2019-02-22
Anonymous donor
2019-02-22
Laurie Akers
$36
2019-02-22
Anonymous donor
"Yosef Goldman is writing some of the most amazing music! Everyone should get to hear it and sing it as much as possible!!"
2019-02-22
Charlie Kramer
$36
"May the music you create be as much of a blessing as you are to all of us. ❤️"
2019-02-22
Anonymous donor
2019-02-22
Lauren Tuchman
$18
2019-02-22
Anonymous donor
2019-02-21
Rabbi and Ari Fellman
$18
"Looking forward to listening and singing."
2019-02-21
Lisa Bellows
"How Exciting! Mazel Tov!"
2019-02-21
Jackson Mercer
"Yosef's music has profoundly touched me and I feel so privileged to be able to help him make this album so he can change even more hearts and souls"
2019-02-21
Betsy and David Teutsch
$36
"yasher koach!"
2019-02-21
Anonymous donor
"Mazel Tov, Yosef!! So exciting."
2019-02-21
Rosanne Keynan and Ellie Flier
2019-02-21
Anonymous donor
2019-02-21
Simcha Schwartz
$18
"Blessed Be!"
2019-02-21
Anonymous donor
2019-02-21
Rebecca Leicht
$36
2019-02-21
The Night Nurse
"To my 9-22 Brother with Love!"
2019-02-21
Zachary Silver and Tamara Frankel
$36
"So excited for you to share your Torah, your song, your joy, with the world. כן ירבו!"
2019-02-21
Barbara Lissy
$10
2019-02-21
Robert Auritt
$54
2019-02-21
Anonymous donor
2019-02-21
Bob Blacksberg & Terry Novick
$36
2019-02-21
Anonymous donor
2019-02-21
Anonymous donor
2019-02-21
Eric Davis
$54
"Yes, Yes, Yosef!"
2019-02-20
Shoshana Mafdali Goldman
$1000
2019-02-20
Anonymous donor
$18
"I can’t wait!"
2019-02-20
Anonymous donor
2019-02-20
Anonymous donor
2019-02-20
Leah Silver
2019-02-20
Ruth & Michael Mendelson
"Can’t wait to hear the album. You rock!"
2019-02-20
Yael & David Zvi Kalman
$100
2019-02-20
Rabbi Jill & Ely Zimmerman
"I can't wait to hear this album. Just the clips alone brought tears of joy to my eyes."
2019-02-20
Kaya Stern-Kaufman
"All blessings to Yosef on this beautiful project!"
2019-02-20
Anonymous donor
2019-02-20
Cantor Alan Sokoloff
$200
"I am happy and honored to support Yosef Goldman in his journey to enrich and bring beauty to Jewish music and spirituality."
2019-02-20
Cantor Janet Roth
$36
"Behatzlacha!!!! Can't wait to hear the album!!"
2019-02-20
Eitan Fishbane
"Mazal tov and בהצלחה, Yosef!"
2019-02-20
Ellen Allard
$18
"I'm so excited to see your project come to life. Best of luck!!! XO, Ellen A."
2019-02-20
Naomi Less
"So lucky to have you sharing your music and intentions to lift this world."
2019-02-20
Anonymous donor
2019-02-20
Miriam and Marc
$200
"Mazel tov, and thank you!!"
2019-02-20
Maria Pulzetti
$36
2019-02-20
The Mannes Geffen family
"So proud of you dear Yosef!"
2019-02-20
Cantor Ellen Dreskin
"Looking forward to this - thank you for sharing your gifts."
2019-02-20
Marc Szechter
2019-02-20
Amichai Margolis
"B’hatzlacha on this holy project!"
2019-02-20
Anonymous donor
2019-02-20
Elie Kaunfer and Lisa Exler
$36
"Mazal tov Yosef!"
2019-02-20
Anonymous donor
2019-02-19
Louis & Annika
$54
"So pleased to support this beautiful project!"
2019-02-19
Gavriel Bellino, Rabbi of the Sixth Street Community Synagogue
$180
"A minor contribution for a major contribution!"
2019-02-19
Asher & Sarah Kahn
$100
"Open Up Our Hearts!"
2019-02-19
Anonymous donor
$100
2019-02-19
Caroll Goldberg
$36
"Kol HaKavod Yosef. Very very proud of you!"
2019-02-19
Anonymous donor
2019-02-19
Joe Gindi
$18
"Yosef brings beautiful music to this world! I'm so glad we'll all get to share in it!"
2019-02-19
Ari Lev Fornari
2019-02-19
Caren and Arthur Fried
$100
"We are so excited to support this new musical album in Yosef's journey!"
2019-02-19
Mira B Shore
$36
"Yosef, Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful music, voice, and wisdom with the world. I look forward to enjoying your music and continuing to sing together. Good luck and Mazal tov!"
2019-02-19
Ellie Flier
$18
"Good luck! This sounds amazing!"
2019-02-19
Anonymous donor
$100
2019-02-19
Joey B
$100
2019-02-19
Josh Warshawsky
"B'hatzlacha, my friend!"
2019-02-19
Jodi Mafdali
$36
"Love you Yos! So happy for you!"
2019-02-19
Emily Joy
$15
"So happy to help make this happen!"
2019-02-19
Rebecca Steiner
2019-02-19
Anonymous donor
2019-02-19
Shana Weiner
$18
2019-02-19
Jeremy Schwartz
$18
2019-02-19
Cantor Josh Breitzer
2019-02-19
John, Ilana, Jacob and Aviva
$200
2019-02-19
The Rosen-Teutsches!
"Mazel tov, Yosef!"
2019-02-19
Anonymous donor
2019-02-19
Anonymous donor
2019-02-19
Sharon Weiss-Greenberg
"WISHING YOU HATZLACHA AND STOKED TO LISTEN TO THE ALBUM GOD WILLING SOON! YOU GOT THIS!"
2019-02-18
Anonymous donor
2019-02-18
Arielle & Jason Rubenstein
"We are so excited for your music to be in the world!"
2019-02-18
Ari Lucas and Talya Oberfield
$100
2019-02-18
Jessi Roemer
$36
"Can't wait to hear the music, Yosef!"
2019-02-18
Anonymous donor
$36
"Chazak Chazak"
2019-02-18
Cathy Kaplan
$36
2019-02-18
Michael Miller
$36
"Can’t wait! After hearing a couple of songs at SLBC 19, anticipation is great. Kol ha’kavod"
2019-02-18
Anonymous donor
2019-02-18
Anonymous donor
$100
2019-02-18
Anonymous donor
2019-02-18
Anonymous donor
2019-02-18
Adina Abramowitz
$54
"I am very excited that your incredible music will be shared more widely in the world!"
2019-02-18
Naomi Klayman
$100
"Yosef, you are an inspiration!"
2019-02-18
Anonymous donor
"Sending love and light! Excited to hear the music :)"
2019-02-18
David Mosenkis
2019-02-18
Anonymous donor
$18
2019-02-18
Daniel Septimus
$18
2019-02-18
Dorothy Richman
$36
2019-02-18
Lisa Heller & Harry Roth
$1000
"We're very excited about helping Rabbi Goldman's album and encourage our community to support the great project!"
2019-02-18
Stephen and Bethany Slater
$54
2019-02-18
Larry Schwartz
$180
2019-02-18
Micah Weiss and Nomi Teutsch
$18
"Thanks for sharing your music with the world!"
2019-02-18
irwin Kula
$100
"Delighted to support the creation of music that will touch hearts and elevate spirits."

This campaign deals with:

Film & Music | Jewish Communities | Judaism & Holidays

Open My Heart – Yosef Goldman’s Debut Album

$22,732   raised
GOAL: $20,000

262

 Donors

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Yosef Goldman
PA, USA

Yosef Goldman is a musician, prayer leader, and educator. He is Rabbi & Director of Sacred Music at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia. This summer Yosef will become the Co-Director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute an organization devoted to cultivating Jewish spiritual life through song. As a sought-after vocalist, Yosef has performed and recorded with a wide range of Jewish artists. He’s a long-time featured vocalist in Joey Weisenberg’s Hadar Ensemble, a founding member of the Middle Eastern Jewish music ensemble the Epichorus. He was selected, alongside trombonist Dan Blacksberg, as a 2018-19 Jazz Fellow at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Open My Heart is Yosef’s first album of original Jewish music.

  • Listen
    4 claimed

    You'll receive an mp3 of the Gesher demo right now.

  • Chai - Bring the Album to Life!
    69 claimed

    You'll receive a digital download of the album as soon as it's available plus my thanks on Facebook.

  • Get the CD
    64 claimed

    In addition to the digital download and the thanks on Facebook, you'll receive a signed CD.

  • You Too Can Play the Music!
    33 claimed

    In addition to all of the above, you'll receive digital sheet music for any of the songs from the album, plus a custom "Open My Heart" sticker.

  • Join the Team
    27 claimed

    In addition to the above, you'll receive a thank you in the album liner notes. In addition to the above, you'll receive a thank you in the album liner notes, two signed CDs, plus an "Open My Heart" sticker and t-shirt!

  • Go Behind the Scenes
    8 claimed

    At this level, in addition to all of the above, you'll get exclusive photos and videos from the recording session!

  • YoGlow!
    4 claimed out of 5 available

    At this level, you'll get all of the above, plus a bottle of my homemade beard oil customized just for you!

  • Chevruta - Be My Study Partner
    3 claimed

    Let's study together! At this level, I'll set up a Skype meeting (or an in-person meeting in Philly) to study Torah, prayer or music with you! Plus all of the above.

  • Sponsor a Track!
    5 claimed out of 9 available

    Thank you! At this level, you can join the team as a sponsor or cosponsor of a track on the album! In conversation with me, you'll choose which track to sponsor, and your name (or a dedication) will appear below the track title in the album liner notes and attached to the digital download. This perk can be claimed by an individual, a group, a synagogue, school, or any combination of people.

  • Lechu Neranenah - Let's Sing!
    1 claimed out of 3 available

    I'll come to your community and lead a Shabbat service or a niggun circle/ participatory concert (travel not included). You'll also get 10 CDs, in addition to two signed CDs, a digital download of the album, your name in the liner notes and a shout-out on Facebook.

  • Philadelphia Rising Song Artist-In-Residence
    0 claimed out of 2 available

    At this level, you can bring me to your synagogue or school in the Greater Philadelphia area for a weekend residency or program during the 2019-2020 academic year. You'll also receive 10 CDs plus two signed CDs, and mention in the liner notes a digital download of the album.

  • Rising Song Artist-in-Residence
    0 claimed out of 2 available

    At this level, I join your community (outside of the Greater Philadelphia area) for a weekend residency during the 2019-2020 academic year- leading prayer and song and teaching about building singing communities, including a musical havdalah and concert (travel not included). You'll also receive 10 CDs plus two signed CDs, and mention in the liner notes a digital download of the album.

  • Executive Producer
    0 claimed out of 1 available

    Wow! For your contribution, you will be named Executive Producer of the album. I will come to your community during the 2019-20 school year for a Rising Song artist residence and an album concert with at least one member of the band (travel not included). You'll also receive 10 CDs plus two signed CDs.

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