Jessi Roemer's music will touch your heart and inspire your spirit. Spiritual, rhythmic, and soulful, her work brings ancient and modern text to life, traversing continents and history. Based in Philadelphia, PA, she has performed, taught workshops, and led prayer services throughout the US and in Israel. Her original compositions have been featured in many settings.
Jessi grew up in the Washington D.C. area, surrounded by her mother's Yiddish, Hebrew, and American Folk music, cantorial melodies, and the Bluegrass-Klezmer music of the Fabrangen Fiddlers. Her music is also influenced by American blues, pop, and jazz, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. Reflecting her roots, influences, studies, and travels - which include having spent the 90s living in Jerusalem - Jessi's original music is a 21st-century hybrid of European, Middle Eastern, Sephardic, North and South American styles. Jessi is a Hazzan (Cantor) ordained by ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal. She currently serves as the Hazzan of Society Hill Synagogue in Center City Philadelphia, PA.
Jessi Roemer featured in The Exponent Sept 11, 2015