Shabbatones members are University of Pennsylvania students studying a wide range of subjects, from economics to political science, from English to chemistry. All members come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds, representing all levels of observance. Though group members' homes are scattered across the country, they are unified by a love for music and a commitment to being the voice of one of the largest and most vibrant Hillels in the nation.
Aside from bi-annual concerts on Penn's campus, the Shabbatones also perform all over the northeast and have toured across the United States and internationally. Recent tours include Houston, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. The group placed third and were voted “audience favorite” in the 2011 Kol HaOlam national Jewish a cappella competition, and even had the opportunity to open for Committed, winners of NBC's hit show "The Sing Off."
The Shabbatones enjoy bringing their music to synagogues, Hebrew schools, music festivals, and private events. Realizing that every audience is unique, they customize their performances to fit any event. In addition to concerts, the Shabbatones offer workshops in which they teach kids about a cappella music and help them learn to sing with the group. The Shabbatones also offer question and answer sessions about living a Jewish life in college and about enjoying Jewish culture as active participants in the Penn community.
Ezra Margolin: President, Bass & Beatboxing
Jeremy Pincus: Musical Director, Baritone
Marlee Stesin: Marketing and Publicity Manager, Alto
Marissa Schwartz: Tour Manager, Mezzo
Rebecca Borison: Alto
Andrew Brown: Tenor
Emma Ellman-Golan: Soprano
Alex Haber: Tenor & Beatboxing
Rachel Klein: Mezzo
Jason Liberman: Bass & Beatboxing
Lior Melnick: Bass & Beatboxing
Nick Mishkin: Tenor
Allison Richman: Soprano
Ted Schneider: Tenor
Ellie Zuckerberg: Mezzo
While the Shabbatones are a Jewish a capella group, their repertoire covers a wide range of music. They try to maintain a 60-40 balance of Hebrew to English music, yet beyond that the Shabbatones choose songs from a variety of American and Israeli popular artists. Group favorites have included Rihanna, Dor Daniel, the BeeGees, Synergia, Selena Gomez, and Harel Skaat. The Shabbatones also sing traditional Jewish music, creating their own arrangements of prayers and other Jewish texts.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 20 - 90 minutes
A Shabbatones concert will bring the energy of a college campus to your event at professional level, as the group's performances feature original arrangements and complex harmonies. Audience members should expect to be entertained by a unique and exciting blend of cultures, brought to them by a group of passionate and dedicated college students.
The group prefers to use microphones, but will perform without them if necessary.
The Shabbatones are a pluralistic group and our members come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds. However, to make our most observant members comfortable, we keep Shabbat as a group. The only technical implication of this is that we do not use microphones on Friday nights or Saturdays.
The Shabbatones' current repertoire includes...
American Popular Music:
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Originally by Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole)
Take a Bow (Rihanna)
Stayin' Alive (The Bee Gees)
Fix You (Coldplay)
Kiss Me (Sixpence None the Richer)
Put Your Records On (Corinne Bailey Rae)
Israeli Popular Music:
Shuv Hachiyuch (Beit Habubot)
Mashehu Acher (Maya Avraham)
Lauf (Harel Skaat)
Leshaker Le'atzmi (Gilat Hillel)
Margish Acher (Synergia)
Traditional Jewish Music:
Shomer Yisrael (Ari Goldwag)
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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Concert Venue, Ethnic Celebration, Private Party, Religious Celebration
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