I’m Rebecca, an NYC-based singer songwriter & Jewish educator. I’m always searching for fun, vibrant ways to bring music and Jewish ritual to life, whether I’m here in NYC or traveling to other communities around the world.
Take a look & listen around the site, and feel free to write me with any questions, ideas, inspiration or just to say hello! I love creating, connecting and collaborating.
Shalom (peace) & love,
Rebecca Schoffer is the Director of Jewish Family Engagement and the leader of the Shababa community at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. She is a musical and experiential Jewish educator, committed to bringing Jewish ritual to life in a way that feels real, joyful and resonates in 2020. She is also a singer songwriter, cantorial soloist and a director and playwright of Jewish family theater. Rebecca was a recent recipient of the 2019 Young Pioneers Award from The Jewish Education Project, which celebrates forward thinking innovative educators.
Rebecca brings her background in theater, acting, music and improvisation to her work, creating spaces where hundreds of kids, parents, caretakers and grandparents come together every week to celebrate Jewish life through music, movement and play. 92Y Shababa celebrates the intersection of ancient Jewish tradition and the needs of modern families by creating soulful experiences that engage all generations.
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In addition to her weekly Shabbat celebrations, Rebecca also leads 92Y’s Family High Holiday services, baby naming ceremonies, concerts and many other joyful Jewish celebrations for families all over the world.
As a songwriter, Rebecca weaves psalms, prayers and Jewish concepts into contemporary melodies. Her album “Shababa of the Heart” recorded in collaboration with Karina Zilberman and Toby Singer in 2015, is available on iTunes and Spotify. You can also check out Shababa concerts on 92Y On Demand and YouTube and sing along at home. Rebecca plans to release a new album in 2020 (stay tuned!)
Rebecca is also a theater director and playwright of family musicals, including “Bagels from Benny the Musical” and “Sammy Spider’s First Mitzvah the Musical!” co-written with Joel Esher and based on the beloved PJ Library books by Aubrey Davis and Sylvia Rouss.
Before her 92Y days, Rebecca worked at the Atlantic Theater Company, where she also taught children’s theater classes and performed in theater for young audiences. She is a alumna of Tufts University and the Atlantic Acting Conservatory. Born and raised in Margate, NJ, Rebecca now lives in New York City with her husband Jonathan and son, Sam.
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