Jay Rapoport takes Jewish values and stories and transforms them into “Ruach Rock”, a catchy piano-pounding style influenced by Ben Folds and Billy Joel. His first album of original Jewish songs, “With All Your Heart,” was released in November 2010, and he is now touring with his unique blend of instant sing-alongs and engaging musical storytelling that gets people out of their seats and rocking!
An award-winning songwriter, Jay has performed with Craig Taubman, Josh Nelson, and Naomi Less, and he is featured as an Emerging Artist on Jewish Rock Radio. Songs from “With All Your Heart” have been featured on NFTY’s “Ruach 5771,” NewCAJE’s “New Voices,” and PJ Library’s “This Is Me” compilation CDs. Jay honed his skills as a camp songleader, touring clubs and colleges with various bands, and incorporating original music into his roles as Camp Director at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA and Youth Advisor & Educator at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in NYC. Jay studied piano and singing at Berklee College of Music and he is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Religious Education at HUC-JIR in New York.