2018-02-01 / Arts & Entertainment

Performer sings from the heart about Jewish themes and more

By Kathy O’Flinn

Julie Silver will perform in concert Feb. 15 at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Julie Silver will perform in concert Feb. 15 at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Naples Jewish Congregation presents Julie Silver in concert Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and she will help conduct the Naples Jewish Congregation Shabbat service on Friday Feb. 16. Both events will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Performing for Jewish audiences throughout the world, Silver says her audiences are intergenerational. With more than 100,000 CDs sold, a 2016 ARZA Lifetime Achievement Award and the only Jewish album to chart on Billboard, Silver has seen some of her original songs become standards in Jewish worship, camp and academic settings.

Speaking from Los Angeles, singer and songwriter Silver told the Spotlight that it will be an evening of fun to sing along, to listen to some great music and to hear more than Jewish music. “I really do write from the heart. It will be a mix of originals and standards,” she said.

Her life has been a decades-long pursuit of music, performing and writing songs that are deeply personal and resonate with people.

“For as long as I’ve been writing songs, I’ve relied on my own experiences and my own take on sacred texts,” said Silver. “I’ve relied on teachers and people with whom I study but ultimately it’s coming from my heart and my brain.”

Much of her music is political commentary – songs about inequality, women’s voices in Judaism and in the world.

“My main goal is to bring people who have historically felt marginalized and silenced out of the margins,” she said. She includes women, gay men and lesbians, and people of color.

There have been several watershed moments in her life but one she recalls as having had a profound effect on her. At 9 years old she attended Camp Pembroke, an all-girls Jewish camp. She watched women and older girls play guitar and lead song sessions. It was the height of enthusiasm. It was always loud and loving and fun and filled with spirit and Judaism, she said. “That was when I knew I wanted to do that as soon as I could put a strap around my neck,” she said.

She hopes to bring that same enthusiasm to Thursday night’s performance. Joining her will be pianist Bob Emmet.

Julie Silver in Concert

Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples.
Tickets: naplesjewishcongregation.org.
$40 general seating; $65 benefactor preferred seating.
Wine and dessert reception follows.
For more information call 239-431-3858.

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