JEWISH STAR SEASON 3 – TOP 20

Congratulations to the Top 20 of Jewish Star Season 3! A HUGE mazal tov to EVERYONE who entered — we can’t wait to see you and grow with you all year long through Jewish Star Academy!

Thanks once again to our amazing Jewish Star Season 3 mentors, Joe Buchanan, Naomi Less, Eliana Light, Chava Mirel, Rick Recht and Rabbi Josh Warshawsky!

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)

ABOUT JEWISH STAR

Jewish Rock Radio’s Jewish Star North American Talent Search is an initiative designed to identify emerging music performance talent in the Jewish community with a passion and desire to 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 not only their community, but also Jewish communities everywhere. A group of nationally renowned Jewish music artists and educators will review the entries and determine 18 individuals to receive exclusive opportunities to expand their skills so they can make an even greater impact on their communities and Jewish world.

Talents eligible for the Jewish Star talent search include:

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

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CELEBRITY MENTORS & SELECTION TEAM

Jewish Rock Radio is VERY excited to have the following incredible Jewish artists and educators serving on the selection team and 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 submits receives:

  • Access to monthly live skills-training webinars led by top Jewish artists and educators
  • The opportunity to apply for the JSA Mentoring Program, a premier small-group formal mentoring program where participants meet monthly to learn and grow with top Jewish artists and educators in an intimate, personalized setting alongside peers with similar backgrounds and goals.

18 Selected Jewish Stars will receive:

  • Widespread recognition on all JRR platforms including social media, press, and website 
  • International exposure on an exclusive JRR broadcast 
  • Personalized consultation with JRR to help them take the next step on their journeys to impact the Jewish world
  • FREE registration for the 2021 SLBC National Conference, February 14-16, 2021, 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, 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 18, 2020Entry Window Opens
Oct 13, 2020Last day for Entries
Oct 20, 2020JSA Webinars Begin
Nov 5, 202018 Selected Jewish Stars announced
Jan-May 2021JSA Mentoring Program Cohort Meetings
Feb 14-16, 20212021 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 piece, or one written by another Jewish artist
  • Your song or piece should demonstrate a clear connection to Judaism. This could be through an easily identifiable Jewish theme, value or occasion.
  • Perform a song or piece that highlights your primary talent (vocal performance, songwriting, songleading/music leadership or instrumental performance)
  • Your song can be accompanied by instruments or performed a cappella
  • Your song or piece can be in any musical style (e.g. pop, rock, jazz, hiphop, etc.) or tempo (e.g. upbeat, slow)

Video Requirements

  • Your video should not exceed 4 minutes
  • Videos must be recorded for the sole purpose of entering Jewish Star and must follow the recording guidelines below
  • 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
  • Your video must be recorded with your webcam/phone/tablet positioned HORIZONTALLY
  • Do not edit your audio/video. We prefer authentic performances that show your personality and raw talent
  • 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
  • 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 Jewish Star: North American Talent Search.”
  • 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
  • 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 selection team will look at participants’ written Jewish Star applications, as well as the following criteria for each of the eligible talents:

  • Vocal or Instrumental 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

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ENTER JEWISH STAR NOW!

Submissions for Jewish Star Season 3 are closed.

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 artist selection team will select 18 individuals who will receive:

  • Widespread recognition on all JRR platforms including social media, press, and website 
  • International exposure on an exclusive JRR broadcast 
  • Personalized consultation with JRR to help them take the next step on their journeys to impact the Jewish world
  • FREE registration for the 2021 SLBC National Conference, February 14-16, 2021, 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: Send them to this page and encourage them to enter. Also, 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: 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: You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your application. 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 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 Season 1 and/or Season 2, can I submit again this season?
A: If you 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 [email protected].

Q: I changed my mind and no longer want to be considered. How can I cancel my submission?
A: Please email us at [email protected]

JEWISH STAR – SEASON 2 RECAP

14-18 Bracket: Adam Budin (Deerfield, IL), Abby Glass (Springfield, NJ), and Stephanie Sussman (Encino, CA)
19-26 Bracket: Carly Abramson (Sugar Land, TX), Emily Groff (Miami Beach, FL) and Greta Rosenstock (St. Louis, MO)

Check out the Season 2 announcement video.

Listen to the Jewish Star Albums from Season 1 & 2

Check out these video submissions from some of last year’s 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