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Jewish studies teacher
Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan
New York City
Age: 28
Nominated by: Timna Burston
Song: “Yedid Nefesh,” Jonah Rank

What I think is unique about Jonah’s approach to Jewish music is his commitment to quality and innovation. He reaches out to others through his music, and creates new and exciting melodies and lyrics that are exciting not only to those already familiar with Jewish sources, but also to those who have little or no exposure. An unbelievable performer, Jonah throws himself wholeheartedly into his music and draws in others with his infectious humor and kind heart. He works to make his music inclusive toward people of all genders, ages and religious backgrounds. I believe that Jonah’s inherently kind, caring soul rings through in his music and invites people to become a part of a more vibrant, lively and artful Jewish community. — Timna Burston

INFLUENCES: Ben Folds, Elton John, Billy Joel, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Allan Sherman.

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