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Rainbow Train chugged through snow and rain! 

A few pics from today's show at the central branch of Philadelphia's Free Library. Despite the rain, sleet, and snow, plenty of brave souls showed up to dance and sing with a gender liberation beat. What a fun band - Shawn Hennessey on drums, Mikael Elsila on keys, Andres Villamil on bass, and special guest mighty Flipside Esq. rapping the rhyme he wrote for the disco tune "Dress Up and Dance." There will be some video and audio soon! Please stay tuned on Facebook also: www.facebook.com/rainbowtrainmusic.… Read more

Praying With Our Feet: MLK Day Revisited 

This morning my partner Kevin, my friend Michelle and I loaded up our 2 kids with winter gear and put the little one in the stroller. We said goodbye to my partner (who was speaking/preaching at a separate MLK event) and headed to join a spirited crew at Allen Lane train station to head into center city. My 4-yr-old chatted happily with his new friends on the train ride in, and everyone gave me a hand with my stroller on the countless up and down stair trips required for subway and train transfers. Finally… Read more

Naming themselves 

This was posted on www.facebook.com/chanarothmanmusic.  
Here's what the world could look like: at the end of my preK music class I offered each kid to call themselves whatever they wanted. One kid called herself a blueberry, one boy called himself a princess, one girl called herself a boy, and a few kids called themselves by their given names. Kids who don't always participate because of speech issues chose to say their names. The take-away for me: give children as many opportunities as possible to name… Read more

Dancing Across the Sea 

I just led a session this morning with some extraordinarily vibrant, creative, and engaging women at Drexel Hillel in Philly (props to Rabbi Isabel de Konick and Andrea Jacobs for thinking to invite me!) It was so much fun to talk about Miriam as a "possibility model" (a new term I just learned from Laverne Cox when she was inappropriately questioned by Katie Couric during an interview - but that's another story...) We talked about how Miriam led the Hebrew people from slavery into freedom by rocking out… Read more

Welcome to my new website! 

As we roll into 2014, I'm pleased to share that I have updated my website with new photos, tracks, videos, booking FAQ's (check 'em out), and more stuff rolling out soon! Are you looking for something in particular? Please let me know! I hope to hear from you soon. Love and happy holidays, 
Chana

Songspace 

Opening for We’re About 9, a wonderful band with 3 amazing folks who write great songs and entertain perfectly. This is a lovely series and I’m so glad to be a part of it.

Laughter and Kindness: A Post-Verdict Prayer 

As I opened the container of fresh blueberries, it slipped out of my hand and fell on the kitchen floor. Blueberries scattered across the tiles, rolling under the counter and refrigerator. I absolutely hate messes like that. More work for me. I was so angry and tired, and the last thing I wanted to do was pick up a bunch of spilled berries. Without thinking, I called out in frustration. “Arrrgghh!”

Izzy, my almost-3-year-old, looked over from where he was sitting at the table, waiting for me to bring the… Read more

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