•So is Life•
We are Rosalie Boxt, Ellen Dreskin, Josh Nelson, & Dan Nichols.
We are a group of musicians, singers, composers, & teachers.
Most importantly, we are dear friends who love to sing together.
Cantor Rosalie Boxt is the Director of Worship for the Union for Reform Judaism. A past Vice President of the American Conference of Cantors, Rosalie serves as faculty of the URJ Music and Songleading Workshop Hava Nashira, is on the Vision Team for the URJ's Campaign for Youth Engagement, and is the executive director of Kesher Shir, a venture which brings together diverse Jewish musicians to study, collaborate, and create meaningful music that enriches and enlivens worship and strengthens communities.
Cantor Ellen Dreskin is an innovative leader in today’s Reform Movement. Her expertise extends from music to synagogue transformation, from experiential education to enlivened liturgy and mysticism. She has worked with Jews of all denominations both as a scholar in residence and in her capacity as past Director of Programs for Synagogue 2000, a national, not-for-profit institute dedicated to revitalizing and re-energizing synagogue life in North America. Ellen has served as Cantor and Educator for congregations in Cleveland and New York, and has taught for many years on the faculty of URJ Summer Kallot, Hava Nashira, and the URJ Kutz Camp Leadership Academy.
One of the most popular performers and composers in modern Jewish music, Josh Nelson brings his extraordinary message of hope, unity and spirituality to concert stages and worship services across the globe. Josh is a gifted multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose work is celebrated and integrated into the repertoire of congregations, camps and communities around the world. Recently hailed by Time Magazine as a “star of the New Jewish Music,” Josh is the music director for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial Convention, faculty for the Hava Nashira Music Institute, and a musical artist in residence for the JCC Maccabi Artsfest. He also serves as a member of the URJ Faculty of Expert Practitioners, is the recipient of a PresentenseNYC Fellowship, and is an active member of the Schusterman ROI Community.
Dan Nichols is one of the most dynamic, influential and beloved Jewish musicians in North America. His melodies have become an integral part of the spiritual and liturgical experience of countless individuals and Jewish communities. Dan is a product of the URJ Jewish camping movement. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina. Dan now travels more than 200 days a year. He has participated and been featured in nearly every major Jewish movement convention and conference; teaching, performing Solo and Eighteen Band concerts and serving as Artist-in-Residence programs across the country and internationally.