Where are your for Sukkot?
Right here in DC! Not sure where yet. But it will involve a hut. (Stephen: Then you need to go to the Sukkot page!)
What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Probably Tu B’Shvat. Its environmental focus is becoming more and more relevant nowadays, and I think the emphasis on the importance of nature has a lot to teach us about our present situation.
But also, I think I connect to it because during recess I was one of those dreamy kids who loved to wander off into the forests and prairies of Illinois. Yes, I’d usually be covered in leaves when I got back into class.
We heard that you are a musician, where can we hear you play?
All over! I lead a folk-rock group called the Deb Felz Band. Our next show is Oct. 23rd at Solly’s U St Tavern. The info is on our site, at www.debfelz.com.
We’re really excited about how well things are going now and the positive feedback that we’ve been hearing. Our band has also been working on a lot of new material together. We’ve been fortunate to play this year at some wonderful places such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Dupont’s 17th St Festival, and a lot of our favorite venues such as Wonderland and Velvet Lounge.
We try to keep each show different and fun. I’m also known for telling really awesome jokes onstage.
What inspires you to share your love of music?
Music has this amazing ability to reach, inspire, and create really amazing emotional responses with its listeners. I’ve always thought that it was such a cool thing—the fact that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, a song can reach you just as strongly as it does the person next to you. Being able to be a part of that experience through music is so exciting.
If you could play with any Jewish musician, who would it be?
Adam Duritz, for sure. He’s the singer and main songwriter for the Counting Crows, and I’ve been obsessed with them since I was ten, when I discovered their “August and Everything After” album. A lot of my music is modeled after their moody and introspective style. I think I spent the entire ride to Camp Moshava listening to their CD on repeat. I was a bit of a geek.
Finish this sentence, I love GTJ because…
I have the attention span of a squirrel, and GTJ keeps so much info in one place that I can figure out what to do and where to go really quickly.