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Joshua Nelson


When Joshua Nelson sings his Kosher Gospel music, he commands attention. It's not just because of his fire-and-brimstone voice, the comparisons with the late Mahalia Jackson or even his discovery by Oprah Winfrey who called him "The Next Big Thing" in music, and whom he also counts as a friend. It's the places he performs, mostly synagogues, JCC's, concert halls, outdoor festivals, and national television. Joshua, who is an African-American Jew, has combined the sounds of soul with Jewish liturgical music and first appeared on the Jewish music circuit a decade ago with the release of the national PBS special about his life, "Keep on Walking," which has been a big hit at Jewish Film Festivals around the globe.

Joshua Nelson and the Kosher Gospel Singers

Friday Night Service

Children & Families, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Shabbat

Bring in Shabbat with Joshua Nelson and the Kosher Gospel Singers. Kosher gospel is the marriage of Jewish religious lyrics and meanings with the soulful sounds of American gospel music. Cultural traditions typically change slowly, over the long arc of history. But occasionally a folk cultural innovation emerges that is startlingly fresh in its outward manifestation, although it remains deeply—even reverently—traditional at its core. You may have never heard of “kosher gospel” music before today, but the inspirational performances of Joshua Nelson, the creator of this style, will call out to your soul. Note: Amplification and musical instruments will be used in this service. There will be mixed-gender seating.


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