Meet the 2019 Faculty, Bios of Our 2020 Faculty Coming Soon
Happie Hoffman lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has spent most of the past decade building musical communities and relationships around the world. This mission has manifested in a decade of strategy, travel, and song that inspired the revival of an international culture of music in BBYO. Happie has song led in many different Jewish Venues including Limmud Festivals, synagogues, and many summer camps around the US. in March of 2018, Happie worked with BBYO and the JDC to help bring the first ever Jewish Songleading training seminar in the region to Moldova, with the second one being held in Moscow this April. This is Happie’s third year on faculty for LEV, and she could not be more excited that it is being held in Tulsa.
Eric Hunker: Over the past decade, Eric has led and performed Jewish music for organizations such as BBYO, Hillel International, ISJL, Limmud Festivals, and March of the Living. Whether leading songwriting workshops with Jewish teens or leading services for congregations, he always brings a deep love and passion for the work he engages in. He currently tours in support of the new albums, It’s Yours and Hamavdil, under the duo name Eric & Happie, while dedicating more and more time to education, service leading, and songleader training. Eric is now based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and travels the country bringing his love for music and songwriting to new communities.
Rachel Wolman: is a Jewish musician and songleader who lives in Richmond, VA. She has been songleading since she was 14 and hasn’t stopped since. Rachel grew up loving youth group, summer camp, and all things music. Rachel has worked at numerous summer camps, synagogues, and Jewish day schools. There’s nothing that she would rather be doing than helping and teaching people how to songlead and grow their music cultures in their home communities.
Debra Winter has been a songleader, educator and musician in the Jewish community for more than a decade. Originally a classically trained student studying music education, Deb spent a summer as a camp songleader during college and quickly discovered the power of Jewish communal music in bringing people together. Through work in synagogues, day schools, youth groups and community gatherings across the country, she has devoted herself to enhancing Jewish communities through music ever since. Deb has been a featured musician at the International Conventions of both BBYO and USY, Music Director of NFTY Convention, Associate Music Director of the URJ Biennial, and in 2019 is thrilled to be featured faculty of both the Hava Nashira and LEV: Lift Every Voice Songleader Training conferences.