roots + rock + reggea + rap

Shemspeed's 40 Days 40 Nights Tour is designed to inspire college students across the country to explore their positive Jewish identity through innovative music and workshops. An exciting tour flooded with entertainment and education, the NIGHTS will be packed with unforgettable performances from the cutting edge of Jewish musicians while the DAYS will be filled with sessions and workshops led by the musicians themselves on songwriting, music marketing, and spirituality on the road. Students will be connected through a Hillel-wide Battle Of The Bands in which each school's winning band will perform as the opener for the 40 Tour as it comes around.

While most performers usually only show up to a venue, play a concert, and then leave, the artists on the 40 Tour will be interacting with the audience of college students through sessions, infusing Jewish learning with entertainment; educating and encouraging our next generation to learn more about the Jewish music genre. Shemspeed will present performers who have much to contribute to the development of Jewish American identity through their talents and embodiment of Jewish values.

40 Days/ 40 Nights will reach over 8,000 college students directly in its first year, and thousands more through CD hand-outs and media exposure. Stopping at 20-30 colleges, the 40 Tour will join with Hillels and sponsors to promote each show to its maximum capacity. Also, the Battle of the Bands will help create a buzz on campus for the event.

February 2009
The tour begins with each day and night taking place on college campuses across the country.

Workshop/40 Days 40 Nights @ Hillel International ConferenceSessions Available:

Two sessions per campus

- Bible Text Study / Torah in Modern Music (finding Torah allusions in pop songs)
- Politics & Torah (which party's platform does the Torah fit into?)
- Torah & Social Equality (is the Torah anti-racist? feminist?)
- Judaism and Racial Identity

* The tour will interconnect national Hillels through programming and new media outlets in which students can share this unique experience together. The website will be interactive, with the musicians blogging every day via journals and videos, and the student participants posting their feedback and thoughts. This will develop an online community where discussions that were opened on the tour can be continued...

The days and nights will be filmed and included in the upcoming film by Shemsped entitled, Shemspeed's 40 DAYS 40 NIGHT. (on the road with the semitic music underground spiritualists). Short videos and blog entries will be posted daily on everyday of the tour. Students will submit their own writing on the experience to

To sponsor the tour, bring the tour to your campus or to get involved in any way, email

c o n t a c t

Erez Safar

302 Bedford Ave
pmb 132
Brooklyn, NY 11211