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Lauren Brown @lbisjewlicious
Adam & Michelle Weinberg have been camping at music festivals for more than 10 years, and often set up small Shabbat experiences for friends and nearby campers. It was only a matter of time before they went big-league. Combined, the two have seen more than 100 Phish shows, but only one Grateful Dead concert (Adam pretends he doesn’t care). Throughout college and into their working lives, both Adam and Michelle are involved in innovative Jewish projects. Adam was co-creator of Jewish Student Hour, a Pirkei Avot series which is still in effect more than eight years after its inception, and Music for Culture, a non-profit alternative Jewish music series that produced and promoted concerts for artists well before their rise to popularity, including Matisyahu, Tim Sparks, Rav Shmuel, and others. Adam is also the National Music Director for Jewlicious Festivals, the largest music festival for Jewish students and young professionals in the USA. Michelle has spent the last year-and-a-half building and developing Jewish cultural learning activities for her Jewish patients at Miami Heart Rehab, integrating necessary Occupational rehabilitation techniques with Jewish learning and involvement for her many Jewish patients. Together they will help steer the Shabbat ship.
Josh Vogelstein has more than his fair share of experience organizing camping outings to music festivals, as well as to the tops of obscure mountains and volcanoes throughout the known world. Josh is currently in a Neuroscience PhD program at Johns Hopkins, where his thesis has the obvious aim, “To develop a general framework which can elucidate the neurophysiological mechanisms of plasticity and sensory representation implemented by arbitrary populations of neurons in vivo.”
Rav Shmuel is a rabbi who hangs out in Greenwich Village and plays original compositions on his guitar. He has a beard and sidelocks and he loves The Dead. He does not see an inconsistency between these two identities. Rather, he thinks of Judaism and music as complementary and often coalescing tools and methods for communication (blah blah blah). Rav, who has taught Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at various Universities, has also toured the country with Gefiltefish, his first stateside band, playing sold-out parking lots before and after Phish shows. He does not play klezmer, although he does make the odd Maimonidean joke. He thinks of himself as a Rock Star. Have you met him at Rainbow? Phish?
Leib Meadvin lives and breaths the air in Phili – a massive Phishhead, Leib is part of the Suicide Prevention Team. Leib teaches math by day, and by night inspires the World Wide Web with insights and good vibes.
A DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS!
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