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.”
Before his current role as Executive Director of Bible Raps, Bar was also featured on MTV and NBC, has opened for Grammy winning group Outkast and performed at numerous clubs and venues as a folk rapper. 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.