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What does being Jewish mean to you? 

I was raised in such a rich Jewish environment, so all-pervasive that I don’t think I ever even considered this question until I went to university. I was an American Jewish boy who loved being Jewish — and baseball. I attended Occidental College, which was a Presbyterian school, and all of a sudden people asked, “What is it like to be Jewish?” I had to consider what the world was asking of me. I realized that it’s all about what you do. I got involved. I was present. I worked with others to start a youth group. I answered the quintessential question by answering “Hineini. I am here.” As Jews, we partner with God to create holiness in the world. I use the tools of music.

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