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Singer Neshama Carlebach Sets First Tour in Years, with Performances Confirmed Through May 2020; Tablet Magazine Interviews Carlebach and Rabbi Angela Buchdahl for Redemptive ‘Unorthodox' Segment
(Published: November 20, 2019)

For Immediate Release
November 19, 2019

Singer Neshama Carlebach Sets First Tour in Years, with Performances Confirmed Through May 2020

Tablet Magazine Interviews Carlebach and Rabbi Angela Buchdahl for Redemptive ‘Unorthodox' Segment

"Neshama...believes in hope, love and the unifying power of music"

10th Album ‘Believe' Combines Pop Melodies with Spiritually Uplifting Themes

Over her storied career, singer/writer Neshama Carlebach has sold over one million albums and has toured the world.  Now, after a hiatus imposed upon her by outside circumstances, Carlebach is thrilled and grateful to have new performances confirmed through May 2020.

In recent months, Carlebach has been praised for her ability to mine an episode of personal torment and transform it into an uplifting message of hope. Her 10th CD ‘Believe', available now, is an affirmation and a message to others who aspire to overcome life's setbacks, as she has done through her cathartic creative process: "My music was rooted in my own broken heart."  Reviewers have praised, "Carlebach examines personal and universal problems to transform darkness into light. The 12-song album approaches life's challenges with grace, beauty and uplifting music."

The singer was recently invited to participate in Shabbat services at Central Synagogue in NYC, her first time back at Central since before the ban on her father Shlomo Carlebach's music.  It was a powerful evening of compassion, redemption and healing. See footage of Rabbi Angela Buchdahl's entire speech, and Neshama's performance, here: https://youtu.be/z9-fLyIMk5E
As a follow-up to the emotional event at Central Synagogue, Tablet Magazine interviewed Carlebach and Rabbi Buchdahl for a special segment about the complicated legacy of Rabbi and composer Shlomo Carlebach. Tablet's full ‘Unorthodox' segment may be heard here:

Neshama Carlebach's style finds its home amid various genres including classic Hebrew folk songs, contemporary pop music, jazz, rock and gospel. As mentioned above, she has confirmed her first series of live performances through May of 2020.

Upcoming Performances:
12/2/19     Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El        Wynnewood, PA
12/6/19     Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester
12/8/19     Temple Beth O'r Beth Torah     Clark, NJ
12/15/19   Temple Israel Center               White Plains, NY
Neshama and her band will be joined by her Gospel choir for this event.
4/24/20     Ner Tamid/Temple Sinai event Las Vegas, NV (venue tba)
4/25/20     Havdalah and concert             Las Vegas, NV (venue tba)
4/26/20     Congregation Beth Shalom      Northbrook, IL
5/17/20     Adath Jeshuran Congregation  Minnetonka, MN
Neshama and her band will be joined by her Gospel choir for this event.

Additional event details and ticket links here: https://neshamacarlebach.com/shows/

Neshama is a creative soul in all senses of the word, and this year she expanded her artistic output to include a line of jewelry inspired by the word ‘Believe' (which is her mantra and is of course the title of her new album).  The New York Jewish Week wrote about the handmade jewelry, here:

Jewelry with a Message

Each necklace and bracelet in singer and songwriter Neshama Carlebach's brand-new line of eye-catching jewelry features the word "Believe" in her handwriting, on a sterling silver pendant. Many are set amidst multicolored gemstones and shining glass beads; wrap bracelets are made of silk. She says, "‘Believe,' the title of my latest album, is a word that, for me, represents choice, something we each need to work hard to achieve, something that can be within our reach if we commit to growth."

The handmade jewelry, created in collaboration with jeweler Pam Moskowitz, is available in a variety of colors, styles and lengths including stones like hematite, moonstone, garnet, labradorite, "which contain properties of calm, generosity, health and emotional grounding." As Carlebach explains, "The word ‘Believe' is a mantra for me and we hope that the pieces you wear bring you strength, joy and peace. It is so perfect that the jewelry line is being launched close to the Jewish New Year, a time of renewal, hope and rejuvenation." https://100percentbeads.com/collections/believe

In a series of recent in-depth interviews, Carlebach discussed her complicated and ultimately uplifting journey:

Lengthy conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR in Los Angeles:
Believe: Healing in the #MeToo Era: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/believe-healing-in-the-metoo-era/id696010741?i=1000456813805

Expansive interview via Eponymous Review -
By Laurie Fanelli, 6/2019
Neshama Carlebach believes in hope, love and the unifying power of music - Full interview here:
The thoughtful Q&A feature opens as follows:
"...Carlebach has been performing - often alongside her father the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach - since she was a girl, but with Believe her own voice is amplified with a collection of original songs. Carlebach took time out to share details into her songwriting process - and the influence of the #MeToo Movement - as well as her joy of life, faith and family."

A lengthy chat with VENTS Magazine:
Full article above. The Q&A includes this exchange:
What aspects of torment and hope did you get to explore on this record? I believe that artists who are connected to themselves are always a glorious mixed bag of all their life experiences. This is the first recording I have created of original music that really reflects some of the deepest parts of my own story. On this recording, I was able to express strength, honesty and hope while not running away from this truth - that our world is beautifully broken and that we have a lot of work to do. The lyrics are aspirational but so am I.  I really do believe in the power each of us holds, we can make a difference if we choose to. For me, the songs are all about that.

The Record-Journal - CD Review (Meriden, CT)  
By Jim Pasinski 6/2019
‘Her voice is something to behold'
Singer/songwriter Neshama Carlebach recently released her new album "Believe," which circles around the message of having faith. Neshama has sold millions of albums and has toured the world, spreading the word of love through her music. Her new release begins with the uplifting, gospel-like delivery of the title-song "Believe," as her voice is something to behold. She continues her new album with the R&B/pop strength of "Hear Our Prayer" and the graceful ballad "How Long," as Neshama pours her all in her music. The beauty of "Shine" and "Only Love" are highlights of the album as you focus on her words of inspiration and faith.

The ‘Believe' album is a warm embrace, delivering an array of songs that lift the spirit. From the anthemic ‘Hear Our Prayer', featuring a gospel choir led by Pastor Milton Vann, to highlight track ‘Always With Me', with its pop/country vibe that recalls mainstream crossover artists Amy Grant and Shania Twain, with a bit of Bette Midler mixed in; from the hopeful ‘Shine' to the intense ‘How Long', which focuses on the discord and violence in our world that must be overcome, Carlebach has created music that speaks to the part of us that struggles, loses hope, needs inspiration and ultimately, seeks elevation. She aims to embolden listeners to believe they are ready to share their best selves with the world. Listen to streaming versions of the aforementioned tracks, here:
Always With Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV6UY4OW7S8
Hear our Prayer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVgVsIDneiE
Shine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDG27NOseIg
How Long https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxmLrATxaPY

She adds, "It is clear that I had to rip my own soul apart to find and then reclaim my own voice. Believe comes from that place of triumph and transcendence, and I am so very grateful. I hope this album will inspire others to speak their truths, to sing, to dance, to cry and to believe."

‘Believe' is available on all digital platforms. Jackie Tepper is Executive Producer, and Album Producer and co-songwriter is Beth Styles.

Neshama Carlebach - Biography
Neshama Carlebach is an award-winning singer, songwriter and educator who has performed and taught in cities around the world. Neshama has sold over one million records, making her one of today's best-selling Jewish artists in the world.
She collaborates with musicians of different faiths, and partners with organizations, synagogues, and churches. Neshama has been a cornerstone of major Jewish music festivals across the U.S. and globally, performing in front of thousands at an interfaith peace summit in Mt. Fuji, Japan, at the gates of Auschwitz on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and at countless concerts and gatherings for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
As the first then-Orthodox woman of her generation to perform for a mixed-gender audience, Neshama is a strong advocate for religious pluralism and human rights. She has sparked public conversations with brave forays into the place of women in Judaism and today's world.
Neshama was one of the creators and performers of the musical Soul Doctor, which ran on Broadway. In November 2016, she was inducted into the Brooklyn Hall of Fame, where she received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her work.
Since her debut album, Soul, in 1996, she has released 10 records, each showcasing her vocal range, power, versatility, and her unique blend of various genres including classic Hebrew folk songs, contemporary pop music, jazz and gospel. Her most recent release, Believe, includes 12 all-original tracks and features her band and a new gospel choir led by Pastor Milton Vann.
Neshama began training as a singer and actress at the age of five. As a teenager she performed alongside her father, the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Today she lives in New York with her husband Rabbi Menachem Creditor, and their five children.

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