Mathew Miller (Matisyahu)

Singer, songwriter

Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. Released his first album in 2004, and has been performing and recording ever since for fans all around the world. His artistic style combines reggae, rock, and rap, and is inspired by Hassidic music (primarily by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach). His lyrics contain many references to elements and issues within Judaism. Matisyahu is known for his unusual combination of Orthodox Jewish belief and popular music.



Alexander Weprik


Born in Balta (today Ukraine), and studied at conservatories in Leipzig, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. Later taught at the Moscow Conservatory (1924-1942). His compositions include orchestral and choral works as well as chamber music, some which contain Jewish themes.


Martha Schlamme

Folksinger and actress
Born in Vienna, she escaped to England in 1938 and immigrated to the US in 1948. She became a popular singer, giving over a thousand concerts. An expert in folksong, Schlamme sang in 12 languages, including Jewish folksongs in Hebrew and Yiddish.

Source: Encyclopedia Judaica.


Boris Levenson

Composer and conductor

Born in Bessarbia. Studied and worked as a conductor in St. Petersburg, settling in the U.S. in 1921. As a composer, he had an inclination towards Jewish music, composing several works on Jewish themes, and writing arrangements of Jewish songs.