MusicLab Shabbat and Congressperson Ted Lieu Speaks – November 8 2019
6:00 pm Dinner, 7:30 pm Service, 9:00 pm Oneg, – Friday, November 8 2019
Congregation Or Ami
Explore innovative Jewish music with composer (and faculty member) Noah Diamondstein and Rabbi Paul Kipnes. Consider how Jewish values inform the public sphere with Congressperson Ted Lieu.
About Noah Diamondstein
A student of music and Torah, Noah Diamondstein seeks to elevate souls through Jewish music that is emotionally resonant and a sustenance for the heart and mind, as music like this has always been for him.
Noah is a multi-instrumentalist who plays almost every instrument on his records, from guitar, to bass, to drums, to banjo, to mandolin, to vocals and more! His music crosses genres from folk to pop to hard rock, and his textual influences span liturgy, Bible, and rabbinic texts. His lyrics address prayer, mental health, Israel, bettering the world, and what it really means to be strong. He dreams of creating intentional prayer practice with communities he gets to serve and with whom he gets to sing, and is constantly searching for new ways to inspire people to think and feel deeply about life and how Jewish tradition, stories and thought can imbue it with meaning.
Noah’s first album, Ashira L’Adonai, was recorded in 2018 and produced and engineered by notable Jewish musical artist Dan Nichols. The album is available for preview and purchase at https://noahdiamondstein.bandcamp.com
About Congressperson Ted Lieu
Ted W. Lieu represents California’s 33rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Rep. Lieu is serving in his third term in Congress and currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was also elected by his Democratic Colleagues to serve as a Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.
Rep. Lieu is a former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves, stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base. In Congress, he has established himself as a leader on the environment; cybersecurity; civil liberties; government ethics and veterans.
Rep. Lieu was first elected in 2014, having taken over the seat of Henry Waxman, who retired after serving in Congress for 40 years. Prior to serving in Congress, He was elected to the California State Senate in 2011 and the State Assembly in 2005.
Looking for a better life and opportunity, Rep. Lieu and his family immigrated to the United States when he was three years old. Recognizing the great opportunities America had given to his family, he wanted to serve his country to preserve the American Dream. He joined the United States Air Force, where he served in the JAG corps. After serving on active duty for four years, Rep. Lieu wanted to continue to serve his country and joined the Reserves. Rep. Lieu has received numerous medals for his outstanding military service, including the Air Force Humanitarian Service Medal and multiple Meritorious Service Medals.
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