About Us


Executive Director: Matt Bar:

Matt Bar is founder and Executive Director of Bible Raps, a non-profit born from Matt’s desire to engage his Hebrew School classes on a deeper and more contemporary level than the way they were being taught at the time. After being turned on to Torah learning while on a Livnot trip to Israel in 2006, Bar launched Bible Raps via his participation in the PresenTense Institute during the summer of 2007. He continued to further his Jewish education during his 2008 year of study at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Since its inception, Bible Raps has reached tens of thousands of young Jews with Torah-rich performances in schools, Hillels, conferences and camps across the US and abroad. Their teaching materials are being used in countless classrooms and teachers are currently being trained to be certified “Bible Raps educators.”

In 2011, Bar was also named to The NY Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36″ list, a prestigious list “highlighting the dedicated lay leaders who are reordering our legacy organizations alongside community activists and social justice crusaders whose start-ups are chock-full of innovation.” In addition to this, Bar is currently a featured Joshua Venture Fellow. Bar is also closely supported by his beautiful Wife, Rebecca.


Shawn Hennessey

Shawn Hennessey

A multi-instrumentalist and band leader in his own right Shawn is helping take Bible Raps stage show to new heights. He is the leader of the band Leana Song and has an MA from the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He works as the Director of the World Percussion Ensemble at Germantown Friends School.

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