Jews Do the Blues 2023

DESERT BLUES features one of Coachella Valley’s most talented performers, Deanna Bogart, backed by a wonderful team of musicians from near and far. She joins Rabbi David Lazar in presenting you with a spiritual experience of music and banter benefiting Or Hamidbar.


DEANNA BOGART (piano, vocals, and saxophone)
A five-time International Blues Music Award winner, Deanna is a multi-instrumentalist who plays a dazzling piano and a soulful saxophone. She is also a singer, a songwriter, and a band leader. Her eclectic streak and style of ad-ven-turous “blusion” has garnered her numerous awards and accolades while touring throughout the US and abroad. She recently won her 5th Blues Music Award for Horn Instrumentalist of the Year in May 2023.

RABBI DAVID LAZAR (vocals and saxophone)
Since his ordination by the Schechter Institute in 1993, Rabbi Lazar has led congregations in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, and Palm Springs. As a Jewish educator in a variety of frameworks, he continues to promote inclusive Jewish practice and interfaith dialogue. Rabbi David serves as spiritual leader for Or Hamidbar.