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Limmud UK Article

“I know that I would have greatly benefited from one of Less’ prayer services and workshops, as she makes the text accessible, understandable, and personal, thereby empowering the individual in his or her Judaism. I feel safe saying that as an active Jew, dedicated performer, and social justice activist, Naomi Less is truly a Jewish chick who rocks.”
Talia Bat Pessi – Star of Davida

“Thank You” makes “Honorable Mention” in the Song of the Year contest – judged by industry pros from Universal, Sony, Warner Music, EMI, Capitol, Dreamworks and Virgin Music.
It reads: “The Song of the Year songwriting contest has awarded Naomi Less the Honorable Mention placement in the song contest. Song of the Year receives entries from all over the world and only the top songwriters receive a Honorable Mention placement in the songwriting competition.”
Song of the Year contest

“Naomi Less. Take a dose of Sheryl Crow, add a splash of Debbie Friedman and what do you get? The one and only…badass message that nice Jewish girls can have their hard rock and play it, too. Teaching young women how to jam one truthful chord at a time…Original songs inspired by social justice, tribal bonds and an ancient code of ethics. Because Jewish Chicks Rock. Literally.”
Lisa Klug – Hot Mamalah

“The music video features a new song “Sh’ma Yisrael,” a 21st-century Zionist call to action, co-written by Jewish singer-songwriter Naomi Less, of New York, and Fran Gordon, of Beachwood, as part of the Sacred Rights, Sacred Song project.

Sue Hoffman – Cleveland Jewish News

“Performers included…Israeli stars Cooloolosh and Mika karni and American “chick rocker” Naomi Less who also ran workshops encouraging participants to both express themselves and explore their Jewish identity through music.”
Daniel Duberstein – Jewish Chronicle (London)

“Girls (and the rest of us) today, however, can look up to young American women who not only rock out, but do so to lyrics that incorporate traditional Jewish liturgical texts, make references to biblical narratives and convey authentic Jewish values and messages. ”
Renee Ghert-Zand – Truth, Praise and Help

“To trigger a conversation about an observer’s role in an episode of bullying, you might listen together to the song, “Responsibility,” , by Naomi Less. Less, aka the Jewish chick rocker, brings her lively music and anti-bullying workshops to Jewish camps throughout the country each summer, as well as to schools throughout the year. “The singer is reflecting back on a poor decision,” says Less, who suggests we discuss the “risks associated with speaking up,” and ask children “what would enable them to take a stand.””
Elicia Brown – Jewish Women Magazine

“Naomi Less, the self-styled “Jewish chick rocker” from the States performed live and also ran workshops for children, teens and adults, encouraging them to explore their Jewish identity and express themselves through music.”
Daniel Duberstein – ejewishphilanthropy

“The Real Me” shares insightful advice…features a variety of musical panache, will captivate you and keep you listening from start to finish.
Anne Robinson – Teen Voices

“Her first solo album, The Real Me, focuses on Naomi’s personal experiences and offers advice to teen girls. Teen Voices’ writer Annie Robinson, had the opportunity to interview Naomi on music, life, and enacting change.”
Annie Robinson – Teen Voices

“An honest and fresh interview with a woman who makes being a role model look effortless. Less facilitates a safe place to build life skills while pursuing a new talent, which can open several doors for girls who take an interest in music.”
Nelly Lalany – Shalom Life

“With Jewish Chicks Rock, girls aren’t just learning how to play instruments, they’re learning to empower themselves.
“The philosophy is they play. We help and we coach them, but it’s the process over the product really,” Less said. “How that process is, how they’re working together versus do they get it right — that to me is really important.””
Blair Ames – fredericknewspost.com

“A ‘Jewish chick’ who rocks” – Through her Jewish Chicks Rock project, she aims to “empower younger girls” as a role model and through a proactive program. She considers herself a Jewish feminist, grateful for the progress made by Jewish women before her.
Herb Levine – Soundly Jewish – Life around South Puget Sound

“The program “Jewish Chicks Rock,” designed to teach rock ‘n’roll to girls while incorporating Jewish values and leadership skills, will be piloted to campers in late July at Camp Louise. Campers of all ages and musical backgrounds can participate in the three-day program, led at the Cascade camp by Jewish rock musician and educator Naomi Less.”
Lynn Bachman – Baltimore Jewish Times

“She is an edgy, current and outspoken, young woman who is changing the way society views the role of Jewish women worldwide.”
Sivan Hadari – Tribe Vibe

“No matter what – I know that I am doing my best to live my “Personal Legend” – a concept I really believe in from “The Alchemist”. It’s taken me a while to quiet myself enough to really hear what that is – and to move forward towards building my personal legend.”
Rew Starr – Girls Rock and Girls Rule

“Naomi is one of those people who walks into a room and you have a sense that “this woman is a force of nature!” Naomi is like the Sun…she radiates warmth, light, generosity and has a gravitational pull that draws you to her loving, creative spirit.”
Laura Hegfield – Shine the Divine: Creativity is a Spiritual Practice

“Less’s Jewish Chicks Rock program is also intended to increase the visibility of Jewish female artists and musicians. “I am making sure that women have a voice in the next generation of music and cultural providers,” she says. “My hope is to model and inspire and create programming for girls to pick up instruments and make sure their voices are heard.””
Ellen Brown – Cleveland Jewish News

“Naomi Less’ strong character and unique voice make her message powerful: be who you are, without apologies. Naomi will be spending time at both Eisner and Crane Lake this summer.”
Camp Eisner/Crane Lake Camp newsletter

“We believe that women can have a much stronger voice when they’re banding together, rather than working against each other.”
Sarah Aroeste w/Naomi Less and Chana Rothman – The Forward

“Naomi Less, performer and host of Jewish Chicks Rock, led a musical havdala service in the amphitheater outside. The session included dancing and lighting giant lanterns that were allowed to float off into the night sky to culminate the service.”
Adam Rattner – E Jewish Philanthropy

“Less uses Jewish themes and occasional liturgical references, even as they reframe these ideas with original English lyrics into a contemporary pop sound”
Religion Wiki

“Under the heading of JCR (Jewish Chicks Rock), the show is billed as “Lights Ignite Change … Illuminate, fill your plate and celebrate with the songs and stylings of Sarah Aroeste, Chana Rothman and Naomi Less – three powerful women inspiring justice during the Festival of Lights.””
Denny Dryoff – The Daily Local News

“Maybe there’s a girl out there who will grow up with a more positive self-image as a woman or as a Jew or as both because of this work.”
Nalia Frances – PhillyBurbs.com

“Songwriter, Jewess empowerer extraordinaire, Naomi is taking her music to the streets (and camps) encouraging girls to raise their voices as loud or louder (than hers). Dumbfounded by the music industry(‘s) treatment of female artists and lack of instrumentalists, Naomi (pushes)girls to speak up.”
Moncia Rozenfeld – The Jew Spot

“Dr. Epstein and Less have disseminated critical information, conducting training seminars for a variety of organizations including Ma’yan, the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators, Keshet, and the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School”
Jeremy Willinger – Jewish Theological Seminary

“Between musicians I’ve met at the Salon and knowing of so many other openly Jewish musicians—like Lara Torgovnik, Naomi Less, Michelle Citrin, and others—I’m excited to be part of a growing world of proud Jewish artists right in my very own town.”
Jonah Rank – Koach Culture Corner – “Tolerating Rock Music and the Jews”

“Watch her because: She’s going to teach your daughters how to stand proud and sing loud…Equally composed of fearless rock passion she channels as frontwoman and the keenly observational nurturing instinct she developed (in camps)…”
Perel Skier – PresenTense Magazine

“Enter Naomi Less, the coolest camp counselor you ever had– guitar in hand and the pipes to match. Her music, like her work, is equal parts juicy rock ‘n roll, throbbing, room-enveloping vocals, and perfectly blended messages of empowerment, justice, and education.”
Jenny Aisenberg – velvet park

““Girls are supposed to grow up resilient with so many mixed messages,” (Less) “Media surrounds (them) with Girls Gone Wild, while pharmacists (can) deny birth control. I was…on the sidelines watching.” Not anymore. (Her lyrics in “Responsibility”) “If I don’t speak then I’m to blame.””
Randi Sherman – Jewish Week

“Naomi Less debut(ed) songs …which use “values-based, pop-rock music” to teach Jewish girls to respect themselves and each other. “Responsibility,” a Britney Spears-esque pop number, talks about the importance of speaking up and not standing idly by while others are hurt.”
Rebecca Honig Friedman – Jewess

“Naomi was, in her heart of hearts and, eventually, by her own admission, a “Jewish chick rocker.””
JTS – One on One