South Orange’s Peri Smilow Has Big Week as ‘Jewish Woman Who Rocks’

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Peri Smilow

National Jewish music touring artist and local South Orange resident Peri Smilow is one of the featured artists in two projects launching this week.

First, Smilow’s recording of the civil rights anthem “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize appears on a new free digital download album called There is Hope.

Next, her original song “Where Was God” can be heard on Jewish Rock Radio’s new feature segment called Jewish Women Who Rock.

Both creative projects will launch in the coming week.

Curated by Rabbi David Paskin and Rabbi Menachem Creditor, There is Hope launched November 18 with a digital album of music dedicated to hope and healing in uncertain times and available for free here. All of the artists involved donated one song, royalty free, to the project.

Participating artists include: Marsha Attie, Stacy Beyer, Joanie Calem, Neshama Carlebach, Jennie Chabon, Menachem Creditor, Steve Dropkin, Maya Elise, Adam Feder, Josh Goldberg, Sue Horowitz, Billy Kaplan, Larry Karol, Naomi Less, Chava Mirel, Dan Nichols, David Paskin, Pizmon, Juval Porat, Rick Recht, Chana Rothman, Melita Silberstein, Julie Silver, Peri Smilow, and Craig Taubman.

Meanwhile, Jewish Women Who Rock is a new online radio program airing on Jewish Rock Radio hosted by contemporary Jewish singer/songwriter Naomi Less and featuring the best, and most influential female voices in contemporary Jewish music.

Episode 1: Voices of Change — featuring Smilow —will air on JRR on Sunday, December 4, at 3 p.m. Central Standard Time and Tuesday, December 6, at 3 p.m. CST.

Jewish Rock Radio (JRR) was founded in 2009 by Jewish musical pioneer, Rick Recht, with the mission to “strengthen Jewish identity and engagement for youth and young adults through the power of music.” The 24-7, Jewish rock internet radio station broadcasts contemporary Jewish rock music, as well as interviews featuring youth from communities around the country speaking about their experiences in Jewish life.

For more information about There is Hope, visit here.

For more information about Jewish Rock Radio, visit

To find out more about local artist Peri Smilow, visit


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