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