Jacob Wake Up! | Spinning Like a Dreidel

The Original Synthy Pop-punk Hanukkah Song You Didn’t Know You Needed

I am a Boston-based ska and punk musician and songwriter and I’ve just released my original pop-punk Hanukkah song entitled “Spinning (Like a Dreidel).” Good luck getting it out of your head.

Fans of bands like Motion City Soundtrack, The Rentals, and The Cars will immediately connect with the synth hooks and crunchy guitars. I am a lover of all things bubblegum, and I’m more often known as the guitarist and songwriter for Boston ska band The New Limits, and bassist for New England post-punk act The Roland High Life. (more…)

Hot Chocolate and Holiday Sweaters

You might think it’s too early for ugly sweaters, but I’d remind you that Hanukkah is just a few weeks away.

Why am I wearing this sweater? Because I’m raising money for the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage. Safe Passage provides safety, hope, and justice for families who have lived with domestic violence. Donate to my run today!

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Affirming That #BlackLivesMatter at #ChanukahAction with the Jewish Community in Brookline, MA

The following was originally posted at Jewschool.com.

I spent the first night of Chanukah this year at Coolidge Corner in Brookline, MA. This was the Boston-area location for the multi-city #ChanukahAction: A Jewish Day of Action to End Police Violence event. I had a number of anxieties in advance, but it proved to be a powerful evening with moments of hope and inspiration.

My concerns began with a Facebook event wall littered with infighting that I feared would travel offline to the actual event. Could we focus on one issue, and keep the focus away from ourselves? Could we raise awareness in our own community without silencing and ignoring those who have already been marginalized? I had been to a protest organized by Black Lives Matter Boston in November, organized and led by people of color. I recognized why Jews needed to rally around the cause, but it was unclear how. Frankly, could we do this without damaging the larger movement?