I am an Oakland-based musician specializing in Jewish, spiritual, folk and family music. I teach music classes, lead prayer services, officiate lifecycle events, and song lead for community events, weddings and other celebrations. I learned to play guitar at Camp Tawonga where I've been on staff almost every summer since 2001.
In addition to my solo projects, I enjoy collaborating with the many talented musicians in the Bay Area. In 2015, I collaborated with my friend Melita Silberstein to create the album “My Roots Go Down.” Since, it has been distributed to tens of thousands of families around the world by PJ Library multiple times. The album also won a Parents’ Choice award across all genres of music. Our more recent album, "Rising Songs, Turning Tides" is also receiving similar recognition. I play bigger shows with the energetic Jewgrass party band SHAMATi. In 2017, we released a live album, "Embrace the Light."
I was born and raised in San Francisco where I attended Brandeis Hillel Day School and later graduated from Lowell High School. I was bar-mitzvah’d at conservative Congregation Beth Sholom where I trained with Adi Weiss and Rabbi Alan Lew. At Pomona College, I double majored in Religious Studies and Mathematics.
Before prioritizing music as a profession, I led many Jewish young adult programs including as the founding director of Moishe House. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, exploring music and Jewish identity, working for a more just society with fuller lives for all of us and spending time with my family, friends and loving wife and son.