JEWISH STAR SEASON 4 IS HERE!

ABOUT JEWISH STAR

The Jewish Star North American Talent Search is an initiative of Jewish Rock Radio (JRR) designed to identify and elevate talented teens and young adults with a passion for Jewish music and leadership by equipping them with mentorship, skill-training opportunities and an international platform to profoundly impact the Jewish world. Participants create video submissions individually, or as part of a group, showcasing their talent, along with an application sharing how they would use their talent to have a positive impact on the greater Jewish community. A group of nationally renowned Jewish music artists and educators will review the entries and determine 18 individuals/groups (9 in the Over 18 age group, and 9 in the 18 and Under age group) to receive exclusive guidance and growth opportunities to address their goals and make an even greater impact on their communities and the Jewish world.

In addition to the Top 18, EVERYONE who enters Jewish Star will be considered for JRR’s premier Jewish Star Academy Mentoring Program to learn directly with other talented peers and the Jewish Star celebrity mentors, and EVERYONE who enters Jewish Star will receive immediate access to Jewish Star Academy skills-training webinars led by top artists and educators.

Jewish Star entrants will choose 1 of these eligible talents as the focus of their submission:

  • Vocal Performance
  • Songwriting & Performance
  • Songleading/Music Leadership

Participants are of course encouraged, but not required, to accompany their performance with an instrument(s) and showcase their instrumental talent; they will not be able to choose the option of being evaluated solely on their instrumental talent.

Songwriting/sharing original music is NOT a requirement to enter Jewish Star.

RECOMMEND A FRIEND FOR JEWISH STAR

Tell us about a talented teen or young adult through our Recommendation Form.

CELEBRITY MENTORS

Jewish Rock Radio is VERY excited to have the following incredible Jewish artists and educators serving as mentors in this year’s Jewish Star Academy Mentoring Program:

Rick Recht
Rick Recht
Eliana Light
Eliana Light
Chava Mirel
Chava Mirel
Rabbi Josh Warshawsky
Rabbi Josh Warshawsky
Naomi Less
Naomi Less
Joe Buchanan
Joe Buchanan

EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITIES

EVERY Jewish Star who enters receives:

  • Access to monthly live skills-training webinars led by top Jewish artists and educators, in addition to an archive of dozens of webinars from past seasons
  • The opportunity to be considered for the JSA Mentoring Program, a premier small-group formal mentoring program where participants meet for one hour each month (January through May) to learn and grow with our experienced Jewish Star mentors in an intimate, personalized setting alongside peers with similar backgrounds and goals.

18 Selected Jewish Stars will receive:

  • Direct guidance from Jewish Star mentors such as Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Chava Mirel, Eliana Light, Naomi Less, Joe Buchanan and Rick Recht through the JSA Mentoring Program
  • Widespread recognition on all JRR platforms including social media, press, and website 
  • A personalized consultation with JRR to strategically address their music and leadership goals
  • New audio/visual equipment to help amplify their talent and passion through high-quality videos
  • FREE registration for the 2022 SLBC National Conference, February 20-22, 2022, for
    • Immersive leadership and performance skills training
    • Networking with top talent in the Jewish artist community

ELIGIBILITY

  • You must be Jewish
  • You must be between the ages of 14 and 27 to enter
  • If you are under age 18, you must have parental permission
  • You must be a resident North American citizen (United States, Canada, or Mexico)
  • If you previously entered Jewish Star, but were not voted into the Top 6 (Seasons 1 and 2) or Top 20 (Season 3), you are eligible and encouraged to submit again.
  • Two or more individuals who meet the above criteria may apply as a group. Group entries must showcase collaboration and must include only/all group members listed in the application
  • Only one video submission will be accepted per individual/group

Jewish Star Timeline

Aug 17, 2021Entry Window Opens
Sept 30, 2021Info Session and Q&A with Rick Recht (via Zoom)
Oct 12, 2021Last day for Entries
Nov 4, 202118 Selected Jewish Stars announced
Jan-May 2021JSA Mentoring Program Cohort Meetings
Feb 14-16, 20212022 SLBC National Conference

VIDEO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Here is some very important information for a making your video:

Entry Form

After making your video, you must submit your video in the Entry Form (below).

If you are applying as a group, please select one group member to submit your video in the Entry Form (below). All other group members must fill out the Group Member Entry Form for the group’s entry to be accepted.

Video Submission

  • You may perform an original song, or one written by another Jewish artist
  • Your song should demonstrate a clear connection to Judaism, and/or be appropriate for a Jewish setting. This could be through an easily identifiable Jewish theme, value or occasion. If you are unsure whether the connection is clear, you are encouraged to explain the connection in your video
  • Your song can be accompanied by instruments or performed a cappella
  • Perform a song that highlights your primary talent (vocal performance, songwriting, or songleading/music leadership) Please note that instrumental performance is not a primary talent option for Season 4
  • Your song can be in any musical style (e.g. pop, rock, jazz, hiphop, etc.) or tempo (e.g. upbeat, slow)

Important Video Requirements

Please read these video submission requirements CAREFULLY. Failure to adhere to one or more of these requirements will likely result in your submission being removed from consideration. If you are unsure whether your video will meet these requirements, contact steven@jewishrockradio.com .

  • Your video should not exceed 4 minutes
  • Videos must be recorded for the sole purpose of entering Jewish Star. Do not submit videos recorded for other purposes (e.g. a concert video)
  • Your video must be recorded live with raw, unedited audio/video (i.e. no lipsyncing or audio editing)
  • Individual video submissions must be recorded with a single camera. Do not submit a highly produced, multi-camera video
  • Group submissions may be created asynchronously, meaning individual group members can record parts separately and combine them through video software or an app such as “Acapella by Mixcord” before submitting the final video for the contest — reminder that no additional video editing is permitted
  • Singers — do not use auto-tune apps such as Smule or StarMaker

Video Recording Guidelines

  • Use a phone, tablet or computer to record your video, and make sure it is positioned HORIZONTALLY
  • Choose a quiet, well-lit location to record your video
  • Check the audio and video quality to make sure we will be able to see and hear you/all performers clearly. If you are playing an instrument, check that it does not overpower your voice
  • Start the video by saying your name(s), where you’re from, the name of any piece you are performing and “This is my/our entry into the Jewish Star North American Talent Search.”
  • If you are applying as an individual, you may have someone else accompany you for your performance (e.g. someone playing an instrument while you sing) so long as they are clearly assisting you with your talent, not joining it
  • You are unique! Show us your personality and energy — and have fun!

Selection Criteria
The Jewish Star mentors will look at participants’ written Jewish Star applications, as well as the following criteria for each of the eligible talents:

  • Vocal Performance
    • Quality of performance
    • Ability to connect to an audience
  • Songwriting
    • Quality of original work
    • Ability to connect to an audience
  • Songleading/Music Leadership
    • Presence and body dynamics
    • Interactivity and effort to engage an audience
    • Ability to connect to an audience

Selection criteria will not include video or sound quality, but do review your video to be sure we can both see and hear you clearly.

Tell us about a talented teen or young adult through our Recommendation Form.

ENTER JEWISH STAR NOW!

You can fill out the application below! To tell us about a talented teen or young adult for future seasons of Jewish Star, fill out our Recommendation Form.

FAQ

Q: What is Jewish Star?
A: Since 2018, the Jewish Star North American Talent Search has been identifying emerging talent in the Jewish community with a passion and desire to impact the Jewish world. Check out the about section at the top of this page for more detail.

Q: Who can enter?
A: Jewish young adults ages 14-27 living in North America.

Q: How many people who enter are selected? What do they receive?
A: Our celebrity mentors will select 18 individuals (9 in the Over 18 age group, and 9 in the 18 and Under age group) who will receive:

  • Direct guidance from Jewish Star mentors such as Rabbi Josh Warshawksy, Chava Mirel, Eliana Light, Naomi Less, Joe Buchanan and Rick Recht through the JSA Mentoring Program
  • Widespread recognition on all JRR platforms including social media, press, and website 
  • 1-on-1 consultation with JRR to strategically address their music and leadership goals
  • New audio/visual equipment to help amplify their talent and passion through high-quality videos
  • FREE registration for the 2022 SLBC National Conference, February 20-22, 2022, for immersive leadership and performance skills training
  • Networking with top talent in the Jewish artist community

Q: Does the public vote this season?
A: No

Q: I know the perfect person, how can I submit their name?
A: Use this form to share their name with us and we will be happy to follow up directly!

Q: I’m under 18, do I need parental permission?
A: Yes. If you are under age 18, you will be required to include a parent or guardian’s email address when you fill out the entry form. A parental release will be emailed directly to your parent or guardian for their consent.

Q: If I’m applying as a group, do we have to be in the same physical location for our video or can we record our parts separately and edit them together into one video?
A: Groups may record parts separately and edit them together using video software, or record using an app such as Acapella by Mixcord; we encourage this in situations when it may be unsafe to be in close proximity to others due to COVID-19; please refer to national health guidelines as well as state/local guidelines when deciding whether it is safe to record together in person.

Q: I don’t write my own songs. Am I still eligible?
A: Yes! Participants may perform music written by other Jewish artists in their submission video. Please carefully review the Video Submission Instructions above to make sure you choose a song that is appropriate for Jewish Star.

Q: If I’m applying as a group, how do we submit our video?
A: Groups who enter need to identify a primary contact who will submit the video on behalf of the group. However ALL group members must fill out their own group member entry form by the October 13 deadline in order for the entry to be accepted.

Q: Did you receive the video I submitted? When will I hear back?
A: If you reached the “Thank you for your submission” page of the Jewish Star Entry From — it was received! Every video received is reviewed. We will announce the 18 selected Jewish Stars on Jewish Rock Radio’s Facebook Page. Due to the volume of entries that we receive, we are not be able to respond to inquiries about submission status.

Q: Is there a time commitment for being involved in Jewish Star and Jewish Star Academy?
A: There are no mandatory time commitments required to enter Jewish Star or be selected to the Top 18. Those who enter and indicate on their application that they wish to be considered for the Jewish Star Academy Mentoring Program, however, may receive an invitation to the Mentoring Program; participants in this exclusive program will be asked to commit to 5 hour-long Zoom mentoring sessions, one each month, from January through May, as well as half-hour orientation and closing programs. All other special opportunities provided to Jewish Stars, including webinars, personal consultations and free SLBC registration, are completely optional, albeit VERY exciting opportunities for all Jewish Star participants.

Q: Is there any cost/fee for entering Jewish Star or participating in Jewish Star Academy webinars or the mentoring program?
A: No. There is no cost to participate in Jewish Star and all components of Jewish Star Academy!

Q: I applied for Jewish Star in past seasons, can I submit again this season?
A: If you were not selected as Top 6 (Seasons 1-2) or Top 20 (Season 3) and meet all the other eligibility requirements, then yes! Please submit a new video that shows all of the awesome progress you’ve made.

Q: Can I still be part of Jewish Star Academy if I don’t want to submit a video for Jewish Star?
A: If the Jewish Star Talent Search isn’t right for you but you’re interested in the resources provided by Jewish Star Academy, email us at info@jewishrockradio.com.

JEWISH STAR – SEASON 3 RECAP

Mazal tov to the Top 20 of Jewish Star Season 3!

18 AND UNDER AGE BRACKET

  • Ilana Felix (Carmel, IN)
  • Zac Gondelman (Milton, MA)
  • Maya Halpern (St. Louis Park, MN) & Emma Shimovich (Skokie, IL)
  • Devin Leslie (Menlo Park, CA)
  • Zoe Rosenstock (Potomac, MD)
  • Piper Rutman (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Max Schaked (Windermere, FL)
  • Jordan Schmidt (Miami, FL)
  • Nava Teller (Houston, TX)
  • Julia Waelder (Gurnee, IL)

OVER 18 AGE BRACKET

  • Syd Bakal (Barrington, IL)
  • Dana Bederson (Greensboro, NC)
  • Mayta Cohen (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Nicole Firestone (Yardley, PA)
  • Kayla Gitlin (Westport, CT)
  • Martine Handelman Duffy & Maria Serach Lemire (New York, NY)
  • Micah Marder (Huntingdon Valley, PA)
  • Aydin Mayers (Pleasantville, NY)
  • Andre Sehati (Ventura, CA)
  • Lexi Weakley (Calabasas, CA)

Listen to the Jewish Star Albums from Season 1 & 2

Check out these video submissions from some past Jewish Star recipients:

JEWISH STAR SUPPORTERS

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Scott Harris — the visionary and lead organizer of the Jewish Star initiative. We would also like to recognize the following individuals who have generously contributed to support the launch and operations of the inaugural Jewish Star North American Talent Search. Finally, huge thanks to the Jewish Rock Radio Board of Directors for your commitment and dedication to strengthening Jewish identity and engagement for future generations.

Jewish Star Supporters

Howard Altshul
Angie Atkins
The Bartos Family
Jarrod Beck
Alexander and Rebecca Berger
Stuart Birdt
Daniel Blaser
Kenneth Bloom
Jonathan Crystal
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation

Cindy Feinberg
Tony Felzen
Noah Flom
Alan Franco
Michael Friedland
Navah & Robert Frost
Valerie Gerstein
Emily and Nathan Gindi
Randy Green
Scott Harris
Adam Hellegers
Andrew Klaber

Greg Litt
Shara Perlman
Linda & Mark Posner
Manuel Rajunov
Dan Senor
Michael Staenberg
Peter Stern
Marc Sternberg
Rada Sumareva
Elisha Wiesel
Jill and Josh Zucker

JEWISH STAR – PRESS

Jewish Star Season 3 – Press Release
Jewish Star Season 3– Images for Press