From NFTY songleader to yeshiva bochur to synagogue youth director to lawyer to street performer to musical maggid... Ya'akov-Yisrael "Jimmy" Costello draws upon his journey to write and sing songs of hope and joy. Whether it's bouncing around the room with preschoolers, rocking out with his band Moments of Wrong, singing meditative niggunim & telling chassidic stories, or blending folk music and hip-hop, Jimmy sings and shares stories with people of all ages and backgrounds; he has a particular knack for strengthening Jewish connection and identity through his music.
Here's what people are saying about Jimmy:
Lorelai Kude of Radio Free Nachlaot, Jerusalem's coolest internet radio station, says:
"Jimmy Costello's music will bring out the kid in you, the one you're suppressing all day pretending to be a grownup and going about your serious grownup business. With loving whimsy Jimmy's music weaves an energetic field of playfulness while bringing down important messages: 'dance your tuchas off' is advice we can all use. Music for your children AND your Inner Child!""
Rick Recht, Jewish Rocker and PJ Library Celebrity Spokesperson says:
"Jimmy Costello is such a passionate and skilled teacher, musician, and role model. Every time we play together, my admiration and respect only grows as I witness his dedication and super-charged energy. The Jewish music world is super lucky to have Jimmy Costello out there rockin' in our communities!"
going up ~ maalin b'kodesh is a journey through the jewish holidays of the first half of the year.
gobble 'em up (yum!) - rosh hashana
shook it in the sukkah - sukkot
dance your tuchas off - shmini atzeret
going up ~ maalin b'kodesh - chanukah
thank god for diversity - tu b'shvat