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Music Directors

Co-Coordinators of Ruach

Paul Storfer 

Paul has worked in the field of Jewish music for nearly 25 years. For many years, Paul worked as a lead musician (guitar and percussionist), singer, and back-up conductor to his late wife Kathy for the Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem, NY.

For six years, Paul led the music program for Seeds of Peace (www.SeedsOfPeace.org), a non-profit organization that inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict, where he organized the music program to provide a common language to Seeds with different languages and backgrounds.  In cooperation with Seeds of Peace, he also produced two concerts and a CD.

Together with Kathy, Paul has sung and performed with the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, one of Pete Seeger's singing groups, helping to bring awareness to the environment and the Hudson River. The group was recently featured in "Peter Yarrow's Sing-Along Special" which aired on PBS.

Paul is also deeply involved in interfaith work and annually takes part in sharing the leadership of a large, inter-denominational choir during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend celebrations at the Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford Hills, NY. He is a founding member of northern Westchester's Unity Made Visible (www.UnityMadeVisible.org), a Cooperation Circle of the United Religions Initiative. Its goal is to provide education and opportunities for fellowship between members of all faiths within the community. He regularly serves as an Interfaith Service Music leader at the Presbyterian Church at Croton Falls.  Most recently, Paul was awarded the Rufus P. Strother Community Service Award, which was presented to him as an individual who makes significant contributions to the community and emulates the ideals of compassion and service, as exemplified by Antioch’s former Pastor of 38 years, after whom the award is named.

 

Barbara Orwick

 

 

Barbara Orwick earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattanville College in 1983 and has been making music in Westchester and Fairfield Counties ever since. As a piano accompanist, she has worked throughout the area for various schools, churches, community choirs, singers, instrumentalists and theater organizations.

Barbara accompanied the Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem, NY, for almost 25 years. She played for all choir rehearsals and services during which the choir performed, and did some arranging for the group. As a result of a recent merger, she now plays for Congregation Shir Shalom in Ridgefield, for the High Holy Days and occasional b’nai mitzvot and other musical services.

Other long term associations include 20+ years of musical direction and accompanying for the Play Group Theatre, a children's theater organization based in White Plains. During her tenure with this group Barbara has been part of over 50 shows, including several for which she composed the music. She is currently keyboard player and vocalist for a classic rock band known as SR2 (formerly Shake, Rabbis and Roll). And she accompanies a group called Poperatic, a non-profit group of singers who perform at area nursing homes and other functions.