Notable Appearances

  • Jewish Journeys in a Secular World (Berlin, Germany)
  • Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Zulu Bar (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Limmud South Africa (Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg)
  • Rockwood Music Hall (NYC)
  • Limmud Conference (United Kingdom)
  • City Winery (NYC) 
  • Highline Ballroom (NYC)
  • World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA)
  • River to River Festival (NYC)
  • Levontin 7 (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival (Cape May, NJ)
  • Jewlicious Festival (Long Beach, CA)
  • Mercury Lounge (NYC)
  • 60 Main (New Paltz, NJ)
  • Club Helsinki (Great Barrington, MA)
  • Langdon Street Cafe (Montpelier, VT)
  • Radio Bean (Burlington, VT)
  • Chicago Jewish Music Festival (Chicago, IL)
  • Oyhoo Festival (NYC)
  • New York University (NYC)
  • Gladstone Hotel (Toronto)
  • CAJE Conference (Burlington, VT)
  • Mercury Lounge (NYC)
  • CBGB’s (NYC)

Israeli Stars Chana Has Opened For:

  • Habanot Nechama
  • HaDag Nachash
  • Kooloosh
  • and many more


  • New York – WFUV (90.7 FM) – Sunday Breakfast with John Platt
  • Philadelphia – WXPN – Sleepy Hollow
  • Breakthrough Radio
  • Staten Island University
  • XM Radio with New York’s Oyhoo Festival
  • Radio Amsterdam


  • 360 Vision Toronto
  • Shalom TV – National Jewish Television
  • Aspen Cable


It really depends on what you’re going for. Chana’s solo shows are engaging, warm, and full of down to earth flavor. Full band electric shows are dance-friendly and high-energy. Full band acoustic shows focus on simplicity and energy between musicians and audience. All options have a positive and thoughtful feeling with elements of humor and strong musicality/songwriting.

Chana Rothman performs solo: Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
with 2-piece band: with hand percussion
with 3-piece band: with either drum kit or hand percussion and upright or electric bass
with 4 to 5-piece band: add saxophone, electric guitar, and


Current Release:
Beautiful Land – independently released
available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and more. 
Shine (Folk/Pop)
Beautiful Land (Folk/Worldbeat)
Inadequate (Folk/Hip Hop)
Come On Home (Indie)
Baby Do That Dance (Folk/Jazz)
Remember Your Name (Folk/Indie)

First Release:
We Can Rise – Oyhoo Records
national distribution with Allegro
Ana (Pop/Rock)
We Can Rise (Pop/Groove)
More Than One Way (Pop/Reggae)
Summer (Folk/Pop)
Gates of Justice (Pop/Funk)
The Wind (Folk/Pop)
One Stone (Rock)
Walk A Mile (Pop/Hip hop)
Lay Down Your Swords (Folk)

My Story

Chana Rothman is a Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter, musical community organizer, and educator. From local – Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live and Tin Angel – to global – workshops and concerts throughout Europe, Israel, and South Africa, Rothman’s music is a unique blend of folk, world beat and hip-hop, aiming to break down barriers towards consciousness and change. After moving to from Booklyn to Philly, and giving birth to her first child, Chana realized how vital it was to be a part of her local arts scene. In keeping with that realization, Chana decided to release her latest CD, Beautiul Land, produced by Grammy-award-winning C Lanzbom (Pete Seeger, Soulfarm), in her own neighborhood of Mount Airy, Philadelphia. Envisioning an event that served many age groups, she curated a family friendly show and an evening set, both of which sold out and were covered by Phildelphia’s public network, WHYY.

Chana also writes music for youth in her community. She is commissioned each year by the Foundation for Jewish Camp to write a song that reflects positive role modeling and is sung communally at summer camps throughout Canada and the United States. These songs are bilingual/bicultural and speak to the hunger for meaningful lyrics as young people build their sense of identity. Songleading has profoundly influenced Chana’s unique interactive and down-to-earth performance style. Most recently, Chana was selected as an Emerging Artist Showcase performer at Mini-NERFA (NorthEast Regional Folk Alliance) 2012 in Maryland and a finalist in the 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubour Competition where she performed on the mainstage to a festival audience of 10,000. She has appeared twice on John Platt’s On Your Radar series, once live on WFUV’S Sunday Breakfast and has begun curating a series of folk music concerts in the round with recent guests Shawn Taylor and Jory Nash. She has received airplay on Philadelphia’s beloved NPR affiliate, WXPN.

“Rothman’s music resides somewhere between the intersection of pop, folk, and ethnic, but she transcends all of them. As Rothman’s music demonstrates, we live in a thoroughly cosmopolitan, interconnected time, when such designations are essentially irrelevant labels.” – Raysh Weiss,

“Judy Collins meets Bob Marley meets Edie Brickell.” –


Tinges of reggae, worldbeat, folk, and hip-hop infuse Chana Rothman’s Hebrew-English tunes with rhythm and positive vibes. After trekking the Himalayas with a guitar strapped to her back, Chana settled in Brooklyn and began writing songs that reflected her mountain-turned-urban polyethnic lifestyle. She was featured in “Top 5 Women Who Rock” by American Jewish Life and Lilith Magazine. She plays regularly in New York – Highline Ballroom, Knitting Factory – and tours summer camps and clubs throughout North America, Israel, & the United Kingdom from BBYO and NFTYConventions to Limmud UK. Two years as Union for Reform Judaism Kutz Camp Co-Head Songleader helped Chana develop a passion for music as a tool to bring communities together. The result is an uplifting, highly participatory live performance. Chana recently performed with Israeli sensations HaBanot Nechama. HaDag Nachash, and Koolooloosh. Chana’s music is available on iTunes,, and in stores.

Now based in Philadelphia, Chana was commissioned by Foundation for Jewish Camp to write the official Cornerstone 2011 song. She collaborated with Grammy-award-winning C Lanzbom to write “Simplify”, which rocked the summer camps with its blend of hip hop and Hebrew. For the 2012 song, she incorporated body percussion from her music education training to create "Ayeka," recorded at South Philly's Turtle Studios. "Ayeka" was selected as part of the Union for Reform Judaism's "Ruach" 5773 compilation. Rothman’s music has been described from The New York Times to The Jewish Tribune to South Africa’s The Witness as a unique blend of reggae, folk, world beat and hip-hop. Chana loves to break down barriers towards a greater goal of creating good energy through music and is thrilled to be returning to Cornerstone as Songleader and Educator.
Chana recently opened for South African folk hero Vusi Mahlasela in Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live.