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Elana Jagoda

Elana released her first solo album, Zum Gali Gali, in 2007. Teaming up with world-music producer HYIM, she revamped classic Jewish family songs with a funky-modern flavor. Her new CD, Uri Uri, produced by Jewish Blues extraordinaire, Saul Kaye, is a creative fusion of musical styles that elegantly speaks to both kids and adults alike. Both CDs have been selected for national distribution through the PJ Library program.

Elana’s creative fusion of old and new began when she recorded/performed with Hip-Hop Shabbat, a group that fuses Friday night Shabbat liturgy with hip-hop beats. Additionally, Elana was a pilot contributor to Sarah Lefton's innovative G-dcast project.

Elana has also worked in more traditional roles in the Jewish community - as a song leader and early childhood music specialist. She currently serves as the full-time cantorial soloist at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, California. In addition to leading Shabbat and High Holy Day services, Elana conducts engaging tot-Shabbats, prepares students for b’nai mitzvahs and brings hip, new songs to the religious school classroom.

Elana plays rocking family concerts with her band at synagogues, museums, festivals and community centers. Past appearances include the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the To Life Festival, and the East Bay Jewish Music Festival.

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