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Cindy Paley

is well known for bringing the joys of Jewish music to children and families across America. Using a variety of musical styles ranging from Latin rhythms to folk and Klezmer, Cindy blends traditional Israeli children's songs with American Jewish music, inviting the whole family to dance and sing along. Her family holiday recordings include Celebrate with Cindy (volumes I & II), Chanukah: A Singing Celebration, Shabbat Shalom and A Singing Seder. In addition, What a Happy Day features 28 everyday songs in Hebrew and English for young children and her latest release Zing Along! offers nineteen gems from the rich treasures of Yiddish folk music.

Cindy's love of Yiddish music and culture began as a child at the Valley Kindershule where she had her first introduction to the Yiddish mamaloshen and the richness of her Eastern European heritage. Her interest in foreign languages led her to complete a B.A. and teaching credential in French from UCLA, but after two years of teaching, she chose instead to devote her career to song leading and Jewish music. Cindy Is the director of children's music at Temple Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, a position she has held for more than twenty years. She also serves as the cantorial soloist for the High Holidays at UCLA Hillel. Through music, comedy and delightful storytelling, her family concerts with cantor/comedian Kenny Ellis as well as their Chanukah musical theatre production of 'Mac and the Base' with The Shpieler Troupe, captivate children, parents and grandparents alike, bringing to life the traditions and values of the Jewish holidays. She lives in Sherman Oaks, California with her husband, Herzel Aboody, and their three children.

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