You Shall Pursue: Songs of Justice & Peace

$3,300   raised
GOAL: $6,500

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There are only two things we can control, what we do and how we respond.

You Shall Pursue (songs of Justice and Peace) will be my third album in three years thanks to the many who have supported me in the congregations I serve and supporters here on Jewcer. As I think back on my Bar Mitzvah portion, Shofetim, I’ve always resonated with the words Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof” Justice, Justice, you shall pursue”. Although I am not a politically-minded person, living in DC the last three and a half years has pushed me to pursue causes I care about. This is what I can do.

Psalm 34:14 says Bakeish Shalom V’radfeihu “Seek peace and pursue it.” As you may already know, my music often teeters on the balance between rock and folk. My natural tendency is to write and to think about peace and how I can bring it about in the world, but what I’ve come to know is that peace doesn’t come from pushing harder, it comes from how we respond.

This album intends to hold both these ideas of Justice and Peace next to one another with the goal of inviting us to reflect on how each plays a role in our lives. These songs are a call to action as we pursue a more whole and just world together.

For the first time, I’m going to be making this music without producing Hard Copy CDs. I’ve received word from many supporters in the past saying the CDs are beautiful but they don’t have a way to play them, so for this go around, I’m sending supporters gift boxes with listening materials (i.e. booklet with songs and stories) and some fun surprises. I’m also curating PDFs and Sheet music for musicians who are interested in sharing these tunes with their communities.

You can hear scratch track recordings of the whole album right now on my soundcloud to see what you think and if you’d like to support a particular song.

Here’s what it’s going to cost me:

Musicians: $1400

Burn Art: $500

Music Production: $1000

Mastering: $1500

Vinyl: $550

Curated Boxes: $650

Shipping: $500

Photography: $400

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Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, Adat Shalom
"Sponsoring "The World Was Meant to be Celebrated""
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Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
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Daddy Doo Tony
"Break a leg, Benster!"
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David Franklin
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"Justice, Justice, ye shall pursue. Enjoy the adventure of creating this album."
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Andrew Spector
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Matt Schwartz
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Jacob Niemi
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Waynette Besser
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David Rothberg
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"Can't wait to hear it!"
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"Keep up all the amazing work!"
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"Good luck with the album. The oneg was very nice."
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Shelley W,
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Rosana Azar
$36
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Rick and Addie Lupert
$36
"Rock on. (Jewishly.)"
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Weinraub Family
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Adat Shalom
$500
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Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, Adat Shalom
$360
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Bolton Street Synagogue
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You Shall Pursue: Songs of Justice & Peace

$3,300   raised
GOAL: $6,500

39 days to go

30

 Donors

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Ben Pagliaro / Songleader
DC, USA

Ben Pagliaro Romano is a professional Songleader so for a living he teaches the richness of Jewish life through music. He has released two albums in the last two years and this week he published a children's book entitled "I Have a Choice." He currently serves as a musician in residence and teacher for congregations in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area.

  • Booklet
    1 claimed

    Would you like to support the album in a small way and have some great material to look at while you listen. I'll happily mail you one of these lovely booklets with stories about each of the songs.

  • Pre-Release Digital Download
    1 claimed

    Want to hear the music before everyone else. The minute we have the final mp3s, we'll send them to you before they hit distribution. That could be up to 4 weeks before the general public hears them.

  • Curated Gift Box (No Physical CD)
    5 claimed out of 100 available

    It's time that we save the planet a little bit by making less CDs that can't be played. By getting a gift box, you'll get a digital download card, a designed booklet with stories about each of the songs, and some surprises that might help you enjoy the listening experience. (For example, in the last box we had a coaster, and a "Joy" tea).

  • Musician's Package
    10 claimed

    Do you want the chords and the sheet music to all of the songs on this new album. Support at this level, and you'll receive a curated gift box (above) and copies of the Sheet music and chord sheets in your inbox once the album is released.

  • The Hat Trick
    1 claimed out of 15 available

    Are you just learning about Ben Pagliaro and his music now? This is a great way to get caught up. You'll receive a box that has 2 hard copy CDs, and booklets for all three CDs (including the newest CD) with stories and lyrics to all of the songs from music released over the last three years.

  • Vinyl
    4 claimed out of 10 available

    You heard that right. We aren't doing CDs, but we are doing Vinyl. We always do a short run of vinyl, so you could be one of 10 people in the world that own Ben Pagliaro's limited edition vinyl.

  • Triple Vinyl
    1 claimed out of 3 available

    There are still a few copies of the vinyl left from the first two releases. Now you can own all three.

  • Sponsor a Song (Individual)
    2 claimed out of 5 available

    At this level, you can have your name written into the album as a song sponsor, and receive the original word-burn artwork created by Aryeh Grossman designed for your song. Listen to the soundcloud and see if there's a song you might want to support today: https://on.soundcloud.com/4rNtU

  • Sponsoring Organization
    3 claimed out of 5 available

    Do you want to be one of the sponsoring organizations for this CD? Support at $500 and I'll include you as one of the major sponsoring organizations. You will also be able to receive a wood-burn of one of the original artworks for one of the songs.

  • Commission
    0 claimed

    Are you liking Ben's style? Would you like him to create a unique song for your community to honor someone or to raise up a theme that is important to you. At this level of support, he'll work with you over the course of a year to write, prepare, and record a single that will be designed to meet the moment you are looking for. This includes zoom conversations/multiple draft options and collaboration in the creative process.

  • Concert with Benny P
    0 claimed

    Support at this level, and you'll be able to bring me in for a concert with your community. Near or far, I'm happy to schedule a shabbat or holiday to bring the house down with music from this and/or music from all three albums.

  • Shabbat with Benny P
    0 claimed

    Are you working with a synagogue who's building out your calendar for 5784. Plan ahead and schedule a Shabbat experience that includes Shabbat Evening and Morning and Havdallah. This includes weekend retreats and other engagements of the like. Supporting at this level will secure this pricing as costs for a weekend like this will go up next year.

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