Light of the Nations
Orin combines his wonderful Jewish heart and soul with a unique experience of musical fusion. His distinctive engaging sound blends folk, pop, hip hop and rock vibes, with his funky acoustic guitar and dynamic voicings. Orin is a classically trained pianist, an accomplished guitarist, as well as an amazing lead vocalist who performed regularly with Hooshir, two time national Jewish a cappella champions at the Kol HaOlam competitions. Orin leads High Holy Day services at Indiana University, was a song leader at Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI), and is a service leader for Shabbat services.
On Fri., Sept. 12, Indiana University Hillel’s Hooshir a cappella group sang “Shalom, Shabbat Shalom” a song created by Bloomington artist Bruce David.
This opened their Shabbat service honoring IU President Michael McRobbie with the Chaver award for everything he has done for the Jewish community and for his loyalty to Israel. Close to 450 students and guests attended. David recently joined this song,with his most recent stained glass commission, “Window of the Soul, Sounds of Shabbat,” (see cover) to develop a Light of the Nations Shabbat related program.
Hooshir is a two time national award winning A Capella singing group from I.U. Hillel
Max was the original lead singer, musician and experiential educator for Light of the Nations before pursuing his dream of being a Rabbi. His talents, wonderful Jewish heart and energy were so important to our organization and we will forever be grateful to him for all he did. Max and his amazing musical skills are featured in many of our animations and videos.
Max is an experienced Songleader who has led Shabbat Worship, Religious School, B’nei Mitzvot and Holiday Events. He has been a regular as part of the URJ Greene Family Camp Summer Staff and also been involved with Havah Nashira and New CAJE. Max led a Debbie Friedman Tribute Concert for over 300 NCJW (National Council for Jewish Women) Members at their 2011 National Convention and was a featured Performer at the 2011 URJ Biennial where his packed Light of the Nations performance, along with members of Nu Rootz, was met by a very enthusiastic and supportive audience.