Shames JCC Mekorock Teen Rock Band and Israel Trip

The Shames JCC invites applications from students across Westchester County (and beyond!) to participate in a new program connecting teen musicians from around the world. This experiential learning program will give students the opportunity to compose original music based on Jewish texts, rehearse with likeminded teens, develop leadership skills, and perform in a global music program in Israel in December 2019. Teens do not need to be Jewish to participate. Weekly Tuesday evening meetings will begin in the spring and students will receive group music lessons and participate in workshops on composition (individual music lessons also available upon request). In the fall, students will begin rehearsals and local performances in New York, culminating in a group trip to Israel, to play music and travel with students from Israel, Venezuela, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Ideal Candidates:
- Sing or play a musical instrument at an intermediate or advanced level
- Will be in grades 9-12 and ages 14-18 in December 2019
- Are team-players and work well with others
- Are eager to learn about world cultures, music, and traditions
- Are available and prepared to participate in an Israel trip in December 2019

Nominations and applications are due February 1, applicants will hear back by February 11, and rehearsals begin February 26.

Our global partners are: Emek Hefer Regional Community Center, Emek Hefer, Israel | Hebraica Club, Caracas, Venezuela | JCC KEDEM, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova | The Menorah Center JCC, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

*Rehearsals will be every other week on Tuesdays plus 2 Sunday sessions for a total of 10 sessions from February-June. From September to December, rehearsals will be every week plus 2 Sunday sessions for a total of 10 sessions. The cost for each semester will be $500, plus $1000 towards the highly subsidized Israel trip for a total of $2000 for the yearlong program of 20 sessions and the Israel trip. For more information about cost and participation please email Kayla Reisman, Director of Youth and Teen Engagement at the Shames JCC on the Hudson,

**This program is funded in part by the generous support of the Covenant Foundation and the Capitol Community Fund. The curriculum has been provided by the JCC Global MekoRock Program in Emek Hefer, Israel. The costs of overseas travel will be partially subsidized by the Covenant Foundation and a student-led fundraising campaign.

*** If you (or the teen you are nominating) is somewhat interested in this program, but is more interested in acting/improv, culinary arts, dance, musical theater, social media, visual arts and vocal music regionally here in the United States and traveling for a week in the summer, we also encourage you to check out JCC Maccabi Artsfest.

The Shames JCC on the Hudson is located at 371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591

For more information and for questions, please contact Kayla Reisman, Director of Youth and Teen Engagement,, 914-366-7898 ext. 1168.

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