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LGBTQ+ Jews ages 18-24, join Keshet for a virtual concert with Batya Levine and A Queer Nigun Project!
Rena Branson (she/her) is a Jewish composer, ritual leader, and educator who uplifts personal and collective healing through song. She is the founder of A Queer Nigun Project (aqueernigunproject.org), which organizes monthly community singing events for LGBTQIA2S+ folks on Zoom and sends spiritually nourishing audio content to people who are incarcerated in NYC jails. She is among few women and nonbinary people in the world who specialize in teaching and recording traditional Hasidic melodies, expanding access to their power for all seekers. Rena is the Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir in Philadelphia and works with teens at Chester County Hebrew High School. She is also on the Cultural Organizing Team for Linke Fligl, a very dreamy queer Jewish farm. You can watch her virtual choir video here (https://fb.watch/39GRSgTc0F/) and check out more of her music at renabranson.com!
Batya Levine (she/her) uses song as a tool for cultivating healing and resilience in her work as a communal song leader, musician, shaliach tzibur (Jewish prayer leader) and cultural organizer. She believes in the liberatory power of song to untie what is bound within us, and sustain us as we build a more just and beautiful world. Batya is a founding core team member of Let My People Sing! and is a Cultural Organizer with Linke Fligl. She offers song, ritual, and workshops in a variety of communities, including SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, Rising Song Institute, and The New Synagogue Project. She composes original music made of Ashkenazi yearning, queer heart-medicine, and emunah (faith/trust). She has just released her first album, Karov. Batya is also a lover of the ocean, queer dance parties, and puns. You can check out more about her work and music at www.batyalevine.com