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Women-Only Rock Band Opens Women’s Month at the J
Celebrating Women
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
by M Groogan

Women-Only Rock Band Opens Women’s Month at the J

Houston, TX – Inspiring, transportive and freeing…these are a few of the words women have used to describe the music and performance of Perl, a popular Jewish Indie Rock Band out of New York made up of women who perform at women-only venues. The rock band opens Celebrating Women!, a month-long series of programs, at the J, March 1 at 7:00 p.m.

“There’s a lot going with women right now with the women’s march. It’s a really exciting time for women,” said Perl Wolf. “I hope this is a place where Jewish and non-Jewish women can come together. There’s something exciting about a woman’s only place. Music is universal. It’s a way of communicating and we don’t have to say anything or protest anything.”

Perl is out of Brooklyn and founded by singer-songwriter Perl Wolfe and featuring cellist Elisheva Maister, and violinist, Dana Pestun. This women-only rock band’s music is inspired by the Torah, Jewish teachings and scripture and Chasidus, the teachings of the Chassidic movement within Judaism.  The group’s religious beliefs are the inspiration for their performances in front of women. In a short documentary on You Tube, Perl said, “There’s a law in Judaism for men not to listen to the singing voice of a woman who is not an immediate family member.”

“Some people think it’s backward, or they erroneously believe that I don’t like men or that I believe men can’t hear women sing. This is about women having their own time to rock out in their own way. Some songs are intimate… others are fun. Any show where the women really let loose are the most fun,” said Perl. “We’re really excited about coming to Houston. We’ve got a lot of new music, songs that haven’t been recorded yet. I’m recording my first solo album since leaving Bulletproof Stockings last April.”  

The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston will celebrate women during the month of March with a variety of programs that are inspirational, educational, cultural and social.

“We are so excited to offer the community incredible programming for Women's Month,” said Ellen Trachtenberg, Adult Committee Chair. “We literally have something for women of all ages, reflective of what we offer throughout the year. Women will be able to enjoy music, authors, film, Jewish learning and so much more. We hope the community will take advantage of all the exciting and unique programs that are scheduled.”

A series pass is a great way to save money and getting a ticket to the three most exciting events of the month: Perl, the Jewish Indie Rock Band, Mother, Can you Not?  with author Kate Siegel and her mother Kim Friedman and Girl Walks Out of a Bar with author Lisa F. Smith.

Levy Funeral Directors is the underwriter for the month long program. Visit www.erjcchouston/celebratingwomen to see the full schedule or register or contact Morgan Steinberg at or 713.595.8170. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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