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4 Questions with Steve Brodsky

Steve Brodsky performs on Pearl Street at the Community Menorah Lighting, Wednesday at 5:30 pm on the 1300 block of Pearl Street. Time for another 4 questions interview!
 
What got you interested in performing?

I attended Jewish summer camps every year from the time I was about 9 until I went to college, either as a camper or as a staff person. The coolest guys in camp were the songleaders, and when I was thirteen I decided I wanted to learn to play guitar and be a songleader. All through high school and college I had jobs working in religious schools and song leading for synagogues, camps, and youth group retreats. As I did more and more, I started writing my own songs and eventually started my first Jewish band, Mah Tovu. That was over 25 years ago, and I’ve been doing this ever since.

What is the most exciting show that you have performed?

For many years I performed a Chanukah concert at Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver. In the heart of the Christmas shopping season, over a thousand Jews would come to a very public place to make a very public statement that Chanukah and all that it stands for is important, and to celebrate the freedom that we have to freely practice our religion in this country. Those concerts were always a huge thrill for me.

What is your favorite part of Chanukah?

Latkes! I always eat way to many. With applesauce AND sour cream.

What brings you to Boulder?

I did really fun Chanukah shows at the Boulder JCC for many years, and since I went to school in Boulder and lived there for three years after college, it’s always been like coming home. I became friendly with Rabbi and Chany Scheiner over the years, and Chany invited me to participate in this menorah lighting.  I don’t get up to Boulder often enough, but I always love it!  I will be performing at the Grand Menorah Lighting on Pearl Street Mall in front of the Courthouse on December 21.  The program starts at 5:30 pm, hoping to see my Boulder fans there! My Chanukah CD “On This Night” will be available for purchase at the menorah lighting or from my web site www.stevebrodskyandfriends.com.

 

About Chany Scheiner

Chany Scheiner
Co - Director of Boulder Center for Judaism. Any successful organization needs a heart and that is what Chany provides, along with organization, marketing, innovative programming, and countless Shabbat dinners. Some of her accomplishments are large and public like the annual menorah lighting on Pearl Street and the matzo and shofar factories, while others are quiet and private like the time she spends counseling individuals and sharing the wisdom that comes from study.

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