Neshama Carlebach comes from Jewish music royalty.
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Her father was Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a prolific composer who was known as “The Singing Rabbi” during his lifetime. His daughter is following in his footsteps with her own career that has seen her both writing and performing on Broadway, releasing Grammy-nominated albums and being inducted into the Brooklyn Hall of Fame.
This weekend, she will perform in Atlanta at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church with her band and members of the Glory to God Singers.
Carlebach has said that she feels her Judaism most while singing with Baptists, referring to a performance she gave with a gospel choir in the Bronx.
“I just felt holiness,” she told “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes. “Connecting with people who worship so beautifully with so much ferocious strength, it just made me feel like a better Jew!”
“To be at Ebenezer, this beautiful space, this holy space,” she says, “where we remember that dreams are possible, where one-ness is possible, I hope that people who come expect to feel something.”
Neshama Carlebach performs at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Sunday as part of the USCJ Convention. The concert takes place at 8 p.m.