The Gospel According To Joshua

user submitted pictureWe came across a couple (1, 2) of articles about Joshua Nelson last week and were duly impressed. As a member of New Jersey’s small but strong African-American Jewish community, a Hebrew school teacher and a musical prodigy, Nelson has branded what he calls “kosher gospel,” a “rollicking hybrid of church tunes, Motown and Jewish-themed lyrics.” While this may seem incongruous with the Ashkenazic-centric image of American Judaism, Nelson proves that soul music has a valid place in Jewish history and practice.
We’ve always been attracted to the heart-rich, hand-clapping dynamic of gospel, but couldn’t get over the Jesus part of it enough to actually participate in our neighborhood church services. Now that we know there’s a Jewish answer to our hankering for revival music, we hope to catch Joshua on tour. Sing low, sweet chariot!

2 thoughts on “The Gospel According To Joshua

  1. Incredible story, had to check out his website to be sure. He’s even performing at some Baptist churches along with every Temple Israel this side of Tel Aviv.

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