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Chana Rothman

Fellowship Class: 
2012

Ecotroubador Summer Tour

Let's face it, folks: Green is the new black. And with good reason: the way we've been living is not sustainable; we need new solutions.  Jewish tradition has a lot to say about our role as partners in taking care of the earth. The Jewish community knows it, too - more and more; Jewish summer camps, synagogues, and JCC's all around the world are singing the praises of eco-Judaism. ...But what song are they singing? That's the problem, and that's where EcoTroubadour comes in. Pop stars like Bono and Sheryl Crow have already been spearheading environmentally-savvy music tours for years. In order to stay current, Jewish environmentalism is in need of a cohesive musical response to the eco-Jewish movement. Through concerts, eco-songwriting workshops, and a soundtrack children and adults alike can take home with them, EcoTroubadour transforms Jewish spaces into verdant celebrations of earth, cutting-edge green energy technology, and of course, song. It's making its way to you via biodiesel bus, and powering its music to you via bicycle generator. Join the EcoTroubadour revolution!

About the Founder: 

Tinges of reggae, worldbeat, folk, and hip-hop infuse Chana Rothman's Hebrew-English tunes with rhythm and positive vibes. Popsyndicate.com calls her music "Bob Marley meets Edie Brickell." Chana works with Storahtelling and independently in camps, synagogues, churches across the country bringing relevant social commentary & empowerment through a musical lense. She recently returned from several community-based tours: in South Africa, combining justice work in townships with live performances, and in Berlin, presenting and performing for progressive European Jews from across the continent. Chana's most recent accomplishment is the birth of her son, Izzy, and her entry into momhood. Her latest recording, produced by C Lanzbom (Soulfarm), "Beautiful Land," is a mix of African worldbeat, acoustic folk, and groove. It's currently available on iTunes, last.fm, Spotify, and more - and was officially released in a community concert in Chana's neighborhood of Mount Airy, Philadelphia.

Update from Chana:
Chana has been awarded a $1,500 grant from the Tribe 12 Fellowship as well as a $2,500 Art in Change grant through the Leeway Foundation to pursue a new initiative to complement her existing music and education pursuits. Pink Blue Free will focus on freedom of gender expression in children through music and stories. The idea was sparked by an 80-comment conversation on Facebook about what songs and messaging people would like to see in their homes and classrooms.