Raised in Memphis, TN on soul music and synagogue life, Eliana's passion for Jewish life and learning shines through all her work.
Meaningful music, powerful prayer, excellent education, and creative consulting... It's all directed from one heart and towards one goal:
To help individuals discover themselves within the depth and richness of Jewish life, and to take ownership of their Judaism.
She has released two albums of original Jewish music, A New Light and Eliana Sings (About Jewish Things!). Her songs can be found on PJ Library compilations and are used by educators, song-leaders, and clergy all over the country.
Eliana has performed and taught at various Jewish gatherings, including the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial, the NewCAJE Jewish Education Conference, Limmud New York, Songleader Boot Camp, Hava Nashira, and the DeLeT Masters Program at Brandeis University.
She is the author of Hebrew in Harmony, a curriculum published by Behrman House that teaches prayer and Hebrew through music.
In 2017, Eliana founded the G!D Project, an educational initiative focused on accessible, meaningful conversations about G!D and spirituality through ritual, text, and creativity.
Eliana graduated the Jewish Theological Seminary with a Masters in Experiential Jewish Education in 2016 and is based in New York City. She's been blessed to work with amazing NYC organizations, including B'nai Jeshurun, Park Avenue Synagogue, the JCC of Manhattan and the Harlem JCC, Romemu, The New Shul, and Lab/Shul. She is also the co-founder of Shira B'dira, a singing-focused traditional egalitarian prayer community.
When not in NYC, Eliana can be found traveling the country providing artist-in-residence weekends, teaching educators, and consulting with synagogues to create intentional, meaningful prayer experiences for adults and children alike. Learn more about her programs here, and contact her below:
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Eliana received the Jewish Education Project's Young Pioneer's Award in 2017. This video highlights her work at Park Avenue Synagogue, and how music can engage everyone from young to old, from early childhood to teens and everyone in between.
Sing along with me and the amazing folks at NewCAJE7! Featuring a blush-worthy introduction from the one and only Ellen Allard, and the songs B'ruchim Ha'baim, 4 Mitzvot 4 Purim, the Yad Song, and Shalom Everybody.
What happens when the way we talk about G!D no longer works? Eliana Light looks at how the ways we think and talk about G!D as kids can limit--and sometimes even cut off--that very important relationship as we grow older and life becomes more complicated.
This is the Talmud tale of Achnai's oven, told in cartoon and ballad form. Written and performed by Eliana, illustrated and animated by Stu Sufrin, and brought to life by Studio G-dcast.