Rebecca Schwartz is a professional singer/guitarist and award-winning songwriter. She has been performing publicly and privately since 1974. P''tach Libi is Rebecca''s fourth album, and features many types of music, from folk, to klezmer, to latin, to rock. Other albums include "Only Time Can Tell" (secular love songs), "The Light of Shabbat" (a religious experience), and "Ahavah Rabah ~ with deep love" (songs of spirit, love, and hope). Rebecca has also released three singles: "Hashkiveinu" (rock version), "Mi Chamochah" (evening text), and "Miryam Han''viah", and published a songbook, "Rebecca Songs".
P''tach Libi offers new musical options for traditional liturgy, including Shabbat evening/morning, healing, and more. Rebecca''s acoustic guitar style is supported in various songs by piano, bass, flute, clarinet, violin, electric guitar, and percussion. As in all of Rebecca''s Hebrew CDs, transliteration and English translation are included, and all texts are noted.
Rebecca started her career in the coffeehouses and nightclubs of Philadelphia, performing original and cover tunes. She also led Jewish kids in song at local temples as a youth group songleader and music teacher. Rebecca then began a twenty-plus year career singing at wedding/b''nei mitzvah/anniversary receptions as well as high society parties around the country, and especially enjoyed performing for Barbara Walters, William Shatner, and Vera Wang in NYC, and PA Governor Ed Rendell in Philadelphia.
Rebecca currently works as a cantorial soloist, songleader, choir director, and music teacher in the Philadelphia area. She specializes in worship experiences, engaging people in the power of prayer through music. This includes Shabbat and Havdalah services for adults and/or children, as well as healing services. Rebecca also sings with the elderly at retirement and nursing homes. She has performed in the US, Canada, and Israel.
"When she leads us in song, her music brightens our worship and draws us together into a deeply spiritual community." Rabbi Phil Cohen
"Rebecca creates a landscape for prayer. She is a performer; not just a singer." Rabbi Howard Bogot
Rebecca has also written and recorded songs to help teach autistic children. During the summer months, Rebecca enjoys a position as Songleading Director at URJ Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA, where she teaches Jewish music, sings with kids/teens, and mentors young adult songleaders.
Please visit Rebecca''s website for more information (see links).
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