Music

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Christine Havrilla

Award-winning Philadelphia native Christine Havrilla brings her “well-built, catchy, smart tunes” (Upstage Magazine) to audiences everywhere, touring solo and also with the support of her band, Gypsy Fuzz. Christine utilizes the soft gritty texture of her vocals to express warmth and honesty listeners quickly embrace as well as her aggressive, raw, trash-style guitar playing and looping. 

Named of the Top Ten Indie Artists" by The Advocate Magazine, The Washington Post writes, “(Havrilla’s) songs are intelligent and moving, the arrangements are incisive and colorful, and, best of all, Havrilla consistently comes across as a confident and seasoned performer.”

Christine’s song “Hail” won the “2019 Homey Awards” for “Best Country/American Song, and her song “Every Now & Then” was used in the 2009 film “No Boundaries." Christine, a self-taught musician since the age of 5,  performed at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and was featured in Curve Magazine in November 2020.

www.ChristineHavrilla.com

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Juval Porat

Classically trained (in Germany and Israel) at the Abraham Geiger College, Cantor Juval Porat has been serving congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim since his arrival in 2008. In addition to leading services, Cantor Porat works with BCC’s family education program, directs the BCC choir, teaches adult education classes, and works closely with Rabbi Jillian Cameron to meet the spiritual and musical needs of BCC. From sacred song to pop culture to his own creations, in drag for Purim or as an elegant interpreter of prayer, solo or in collaboration with congregants, co-clergy, and other musicians, as teacher, prayer leader, choir director, concert producer, songwriter, CD soloist, Juval aspires to be a spiritual and musical guide along life's journeys. His blog can be found at juval-online.com.