Matt Bar

Innovator: Matt Bar Contact
Based In: Drexel Hill, PA
Venture: Bible Raps combines Hip Hop and Judaism in many way for many ages.
Venture’s Primary Areas of Focus: 
Community Building, Educational Experience, Arts and Culture
Venture’s Primary Populations Served:
 Children and Young Families, Teens, Emerging and Young Adults, Adults
In 2006, Matt Bar moved to New York to pursue his music career. While playing venues in the evenings, Bar worked as a part-time Hebrew school instructor in Greenwich, CT. In a bid to get restless pupils to behave during class, he promised to rap for them in the closing minutes of each session. Captivated by the merging of beats over biblical narrative, his students’ enthusiasm inspired Matt to flip his teaching model by giving hip-hop top billing in his lesson plan. In the years following, Matt started Bible Raps which has performed for over 100,000 young Jews, sold 25,000 songs about Torah and created torah based raps with upwards of 500 groups. Currently, besides touring, Matt is training ‘Rapper Rebbes’ for his Beat Midrash program, planning another Educator’s retreat and co-producing the podcast “Rappers and Rabbis” with the incandescent Rabba Yaffa of Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.

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