We are so excited to have welcomed four incredible new members to Rak Shalom! We can’t wait to see them do amazing things! Pictured from left to right: (front row) Daniel Shapiro and Yonah Hamermesh, (back row) David Charendoff, and Gabi Frohlich
To close off our extremely eventful 2017-2018 school year, we scheduled a stress-relief event during finals. UMD students were able to stop by and blow off some steam by paying $1 to shove a pie in a Rak Shalom member's face! Huge shoutout to Ryan Sevel for documenting the whole thing for your enjoyment!
This was an amazing way to end the school year! We'll see you all again at auditions in the fall. Until then... Rak On!
Spring Concert 2018!
We celebrated our 13th year as an a cappella group with an amazing concert! Thank you to everyone who helped make the turnout so incredible. We are so sad to bid farewell to the incredible Caroline Zaslow, who is transferring to Queens College, and our amazing seniors: Avi Eisenstein, Ryan Sevel, Daniela Nagar, and Danny Lauer. We will miss you all so much, but we know you're all going to do amazing things!
Be sure to check out our concert videos at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt-iMx95pP-_IbaBYCQaUAxaCzB7MqmEN
tour 2018 - california!
We had the most amazing time in California and would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who hosted us and made us feel at home on the other side of the country. If you want to know what it's like to go on tour with Rak Shalom, be sure to check out these AMAZING vlogs courtesy of our very own Ryan Sevel!
kol haolam 2018
We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Kol HaOlam for inviting us back this year as the guest performers. We had an amazing time this weekend. Everyone who competed was terrific, and we had a great time listening to you all perform! Be sure to check out our set at the link below!!!
Thanks trebs and starving artists!
We had such a great time performing with UMD's Treblemakers and Brandeis's Starving Artists at Hillel! Thanks to everyone who came out to support us!
Rak Shalom takes the white house!
We want to thank The White House so much for graciously hosting us! We really enjoyed bringing our Jewish music and culture to Washington D.C. in such a festive manner!
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Winter concert videos!
Can't get enough of Rak Shalom? Well be sure to check out our Winter Concert Videos! We want to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to support us!
HIGh RESOLUTION PROMO
Available on USB NOW and in CD format SATURDAY NOV. 4th! Is this promo cheesy and silly? Yes. Did you expect anything different?
HIGH RESOLUTION SINGLE
Experience Rak Shalom's cover of Watch Me Rise like never before...in "High Resolution." Album coming soon!
SAY SO / FOREVER MUSIC VIDEO
Fresh off our upcoming 2017 album 'High Resolution," Rak Shalom presents this music video of Say So / Forever!
Spring final concert videos!
Still kicking yourself about the fact that you missed our Spring Final Concert? Well, worry no longer! Our videos from the concert are now on Youtube!
at last, the time has come
Having a boring summer and need something to stay entertained? No need to worry... PARADIGM IS OFFICIALLY ON SPOTIFY!! Binge listen to all the songs and use it as a pump up for the release of our next CD in September!
SPRING FINAL CONCERT!
Thank you to everyone who came out tonight to our final concert! We really appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules to listen to us.
For those of you who missed it, don't worry because we have an exciting announcement: the whole set list of the night will be featured on our NEW CD, "High Resolution", and will be available this September! So stay tuned for our final concert videos, news about our CD, and other exciting surprises to come!
REcording Session TWo
The Hillel Recording Studio is open once again as Rak Shalom lays down the tracks for the second half of the new album. Once again, big thanks to Mordy Weinstein for helping us with the recording process and coaching us through the entire way!
Thank you to all the families that hosted for an incredible tour - we couldn't have done it without you! Here's a little snippet, hope you enjoy!
REcording Session One
Recording the next great Rak Shalom album is underway!! Special thanks to Mordy Weinstein for helping us with the recording process! We cannot wait for Session Two and the official announcement of Rak Shalom's next album.
All we need is a name...
kol ha'olam: first place!!!
Last night, Rak Shalom had the honor of placing 1st in Kol Ha'olam, the National Collegiate Jewish A Cappella competition! A special shoutout to Daniela Nagar for receiving the award for Best Soloist, Noah Bar-Shain for receiving the award for Best Beatboxer, and to all of Rak Shalom for receiving the award of Audience Favorite!
Thank you to everyone who came out to see us perform live! We really appreciate your support. And to those of you who weren't able to make it, the videos will be released soon, so stay tuned for more exciting updates!
Winter Concert Videos
The time has come. It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for... Yes, that's right. We’re finally releasing the videos from our final concert! Special thanks to Dhanesh Mahtani for getting these amazing videos to us!
Last Night's Gig!
Amidst the chaos of finals week, Rak Shalom decided to take a break and hit up the Library of Congress to perform at the annual Chanukah after-party, hosted by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (pictured below).
RAK SHALOM WINTER CONCERT 2016
Thanks to everyone who came and heard us live at our winter concert! Special thanks to Dhanesh Mahtani for mixing our sound, providing videos of the concert (which should be out soon), and taking this gorgeous picture of us.
Congregation B'nai Israel
Rak Shalom spent this past weekend at Congregation B'nai Israel in Rumson, NJ. The community was so welcoming and we thoroughly enjoyed our time performing at services and concerts. Special thanks to the president of B'nai Israel Mr. Joel Weissglass, Rabbi Dov and Mrs. Danielle Goldberg, Mr. and Mrs. Strauss, and Mr. and Mrs. Liss for inviting us into your homes. Thank you again!
Rak Shalom had the absolute pleasure to compete in the 2016 Kol Haolam national Jewish A Cappella competition. We performed the songs Keilu Kan and Hear Our Cry, a rewritten version of the Mikky Ekko song Watch Me Rise. Hear Our Cry won Best Original Arrangement and our very own Ryan Sevel was named Best Soloist for his emotional performance of Hear Our Cry. Rak as a whole was awarded second place for the whole competition for our combination of music and choreography! We'd like to thank Adas Israel for hosting the competition and all the wonderful other groups who performed. You guys were great, and we can't wait to give it another shot next year!