Popular singer and PJ Library spokesman Rick Recht will perform a children’s concert in honor of Yom Ha-Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) at the Alliance’s Dwares Jewish Community Center on April 19.
The fun, interactive “Israel at 70: A PJ Library Musical Celebration featuring Rick Recht” will feature Recht performing songs from his hit children’s albums “Look at Me!” and “Free to Be the Jew in Me,” as well as on-stage participation by local children. Games and activities will start at 5 p.m. and Israeli foods will be available for purchase prior to the 6 p.m. concert.
“One of the things I absolutely love about these children’s concerts is bringing together little kids, their parents and their grandparents in the same setting and creating a type of musical magic that excites everyone all at once,” Recht said.
Stephanie Hague, a Providence PJ Library parent, said, “My daughter loves listening to Rick Recht! Ever since she got the CD from PJ Library, she continually asks for me to play it and dances around the room. I can’t wait to experience the concert with her. I know she will be so excited.”
Recht is the top-touring Jewish artist today, performing more than 125 concerts each year nationwide and using Jewish music as a powerful tool for developing Jewish pride and identity.
In addition to being a Jewish performer and educator, Recht is also the founder and executive director of Jewish Rock Radio, an internet radio station found at www.jewishrockradio.com. He is also executive director of Songleader Boot Camp (www.songleaderbootcamp.com), and leads Jewish leadership training programs and conferences for Jewish educators, clergy, and veteran and new song leaders.
“I believe PJ Library is one of the most extraordinary and effective Jewish family and community engagement opportunities of our time,” said Recht.
PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program for young children that distributes Jewish children’s literature and music to families in hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada.
“I feel incredibly blessed that, for years, my family has experienced the profound impact of reading and listening to the inspirational and incredibly high-quality PJ Library children’s books and music,” Recht said. “On the road, many of the families we meet feel equally blessed to receive PJ Library, providing their families with such fantastic resources and experiences.”
The concert, at the JCC, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence, is sponsored by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island in partnership with the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island, Congregation Beth David, Congregation Beth Sholom, PJ Library, Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Habonim, Temple Sinai and Temple Torat Yisrael. The concert is free but RSVPs are encouraged, as space is limited.
For more information or to sign-up, go to www.jewishallianceri.org/rick-recht.