About

"Ben Kramarz has led communities in song from San Francisco to New York City.  He is a lovely, thoughtful songleader who brings beauty out of the people he works with."
—Joey Weisenberg - Musician, Composer, and Teacher. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Ben Kramarz is a Brooklyn based music educator, Jewish community organizer, researcher, and writer. He is the author of A Guide to Songleading and Communal Singing.

Ben specializes in the facilitation of communal singing experiences for all ages and is especially passionate about helping communities to build sustainable musical cultures.

Ben holds a BA in Religious Studies and an MA in Folklore from the University of California, Berkeley.

Testimonials

"Ben has a wonderful, easy manner when he teaches and keeps everyone involved in the work. His voice lends itself to communal singing, his guitar skills enhance the music, and his smile puts a group at ease. Ben’s workshop had all of us engaged in making music together!"
—Cantor Nancy Abramson - Director, H.L. Miller Cantorial School, Jewish Theological Seminary. New York, New York

"Ben Kramarz ran a very engaging workshop for us on social justice songs. He’s a dynamic songleader and facilitator with a strong presence. Our participants loved the session, which provided them with both a meaningful experience and also tools for facilitating future events. It was an absolute pleasure working with him and we look forward to having him back."
—Cindy Greenberg - Executive Director, Repair The World. Brooklyn, New York

"Ben Kramarz takes songleading to the next level!  Everything he does is with thought, intention, heart and years of graduate-level research behind it.  Ben has crazy musical skills, has studied ample Talmud and knows Jewish folk music and communal singing deeper than possibly anyone in the world."
—Isaac Zones - Songleader and Music Educator. San Francisco, Califronia

"Ben Kramarz is an excellent songleader and an amazing musician. He brings spirit and energy to everything he does. It’s a pleasure to work with Ben!"
—Jamie Simon - Director, Camp Tawonga. San Francisco, California

"Ben is a personal friend who I admire for his deep contemplation and thorough exploration of Jewish teaching and values. Ben has demonstrated his leadership in the community through his music, Torah thoughts and inspiration and organising educational programs for the benefit of many. Ben has played music at our events and clearly has a lot of experience engaging both large and small group. I wish Ben was still a here in our community - San Francisco's loss is Brooklyn's gain."
—Rabbi Nosson Potash - Chabad of Cole Valley. San Francisco, California

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