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SeaJAM 2019: The Maccabeats Concert

Get ready to dance at this family concert from a capella stars combining Jewish music and playful pop parodies.

SEAJAM 2019

The Maccabeats Concert

Sunday, September 15 | 5pm
SJCC, Mercer Island
Tickets: $15-25 
On standby – any remaining tickets released at the door

Originally formed as a Yeshiva University student vocal group, the Maccabeats are a Jewish music and a cappella phenomenon with a massive fan base, over 20 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances, and four successful albums. With little more than their unadulterated voices, a little Jewish humor, and a philosophy of integrating traditional and secular wisdom, they entertain and inspire audiences of all backgrounds and ages with an eclectic repertoire of Jewish and Israeli songs, pop hits, and signature mash-ups. 

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Prices & Details

Prices
On standby – any remaining tickets released at the door
Adults: $25
Seniors 65+: $20
Students: $20
Youth under 13: $15

Event Schedule
4:30 pm box office opens
5 pm show

Jewish Music + A Capella Phenomenon: The Maccabeats

Originally formed as a Yeshiva University student vocal group, since the breakout success of their 2010 “Candlelight” Hanukkah song parodying Taio Cruz’s hit “Dynamite, the Maccabeats have become a Jewish music and a cappella phenomenon with a massive fan base, over 20 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances, and four successful albums featuring traditional songs, pop hits, and their signature Jewish versions and mash-ups.  

Often traveling with little more than the shirts on their backs and the ties on their necks, the Maccabeats have entertained and inspired hundreds of audiences worldwide, from Alabama to New Zealand. Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation and a little Jewish humor, this unique group of singers connects with fans of all backgrounds and agesThey’ve been invited to perform at Gracie Mansion by NYC’s mayor Michael Bloomberg and at the White House by President Barack Obama. 
 
The Maccabeats aren’t your grandfather’s synagogue choir, but their values and identity play an important part in what they do. Strongly committed to the philosophy of Torah u-Madda, the integration of traditional and secular wisdom, the Maccabeats perform an eclectic array of Jewish, American (Sephardic and Ashkenazic) and Israeli songs. Their breakthrough piece, Lecha Dodi, is the epitome of this synthesis, combining some of the most beloved words of Jewish liturgy with Leonard Cohen’s meaningful and melodic Hallelujah.  

Over the course of time, their adventures and opportunities imparted upon the Maccabeats an important lesson: with great a cappella comes great responsibility. It is with much humility and gratitude that the group takes the mission given to it and shares its music with the world. 

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SeaJAM 2019: The Great Challah Bake Contest

As the SJCC celebrates decades of bringing community together, it seems fitting—and tasty—that we host a challah baking competition to kickoff SeaJAM during this pre-shabbat event.

SEAJAM 2019

“Challah” for the J: The Great Challah Contest

Friday, September 13 | 4:30-6 pm
Free to attend pre-Shabbat gathering
$18 challah entry fee

As the SJCC celebrates decades of bringing community together, it seems fitting—and tasty—that we host a challah baking competition to kickoff SeaJAM during this pre-shabbat event. Bake your challah at home and bring it to the J for expert bakers to pick their favorite. (See contest rules below). Register for contest HERE.

Before Shabbat begins, everyone is invited to enjoy the competition, sing Shabbat songs, have a nosh, toast the J, and take a home complimentary challah home for your own Shabbat celebration. 

If you are between the ages of 21 and 39, and interested in hosting or joining as a guest at a OneTable Shabbat dinner somewhere within the Greater Seattle area? Contact Talya Kurland at TalyaK@sjcc.org.

After the challah bake contest, join the Friday night dinner you registered to be a part of through OneTable, or celebrate Shabbat in whatever way is most meaningful to you.

Don’t fall within the OneTable age demographic, and still interested in hosting or joining a dinner as a guest? Contact Dana Weiner at DanaW@sjcc.org.  

What is OneTable? OneTable is an organization that empowers people who don’t yet have a consistent Shabbat dinner practice to build one that feels authentic, sustainable, and valuable. OneTable is a national nonprofit funded to support people (21-39ish) looking to find and share this powerful experience.

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Contest Rules

  • Drop off your challah at the challah table between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm on Friday, September
  • Register HERE.
  • Judging will begin at 4 pm. Thank you to our expert judges:
    • Robin Wehl, Owner and Baker at Hello Robin Cookies
    • Erica Olson, Chief Pastry Chef at Macrina Bakery & Café
    • Shawn Huffman, Owner and Baker at Shawn’s Café & Bakery
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