Sharon, Rahel Jaskow

American-born Israeli. Born Manhattan, April 22, 1965. Lived in the Bronx until age seven. Moved with her family to Monroe, N.Y. where there were very few Jews. She learned her first Sabbath songs at Cejwin Camps in Port Jervis, NY. Minny Genny was her first piano teacher and she studied technique and memory with her. In High School she added voice to her violin studies. She continued to study voice at the University of Rochester majoring in English, and graduating 1986. In Dec, 1991 she made Aliyah to Israel study Hebrew and working with women singing in Katamon and serving as a translator. She met Margalit Jakob and started singing with her, getting involved in the local folk community. She sang backup vocals on a CD by Ofar Golany in 2000 in memory of his father, and subsequently appeared on some tracks of Hanna Yaffe’s Lullabies from Jerusalem. She got a job with Shuly Nathan as a backup vocalist on Open Roads and Mostly Carlebach and Ray Scudero’sWith the Help of Angels. Together with Scudero, Jaskow produced a CD of Jewish Sabbath songs in Hebrew and English. Day of Rest was released in November 2000, received excellent reviews, and subsequently won the 2001 Just Plain Folks music award for ‘Best Ethnic Album’. “She serves as a prayer leader for the women’s prayer groups Shirat Sara and Women of the Wall, and also participates regularly in the Leader Minyan as a Torah reader.” Ms. Jaskow’s voice quality is rich, enchanting, and appealing as an Israeli-style “traditional folk” artist. She performs a cappella using recorded versions of herself to create a small group effect.